Where’s your focus?

On Sunday, the world commemorates an extremely important series of world events. Most of us remember where we were when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. I know I do. Going forward, though, this series of events allows us an inside look at ourselves and our attitudes. The events of this date that forever changed history (and the future) is excellent proof that in every situation, we have the power of choice.

September 11, 2001 is the day many remember vividly for the crashes, the falling skyscrapers, the terror, the senseless loss of life. These all happened, and there is a value in remembering this. However, there is another side too.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I remember the incredible generosity of, among others, the people of Gander, Newfoundland, who opened their arms and homes to people from around the world who were stranded in their small town because U.S. airspace was closed. They did not do this for any glory or praise, but because it is the Canadian thing, the human thing to do. They did it because they could. This also happened.

We have a choice on how we remember various events. In arguments with friends and family, in relationships, at work, at play, and everywhere we turn, we have the choice to place our focus on any number of details, some of which will leave us happy and others will leave us less so, or worse. Choose.

I invite everyone to look at various moments in your lives and take note of the moments where you have the power to choose and didn’t realize it, or acted like you had no choice at all. It is a wonderful feeling to realize that even in the seemingly saddest or angriest moments, we do have the power to focus on something else; to make it positive, to change our minds. Now that we know that we can, all we need to do – is do it. Start now. Choose.

(Message posted on 09/09 at 11:11pm)

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