“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” ~ Norman Victor Peale
As I watch the lone police man walking through the deserted streets under the too bright halogen lights, I feel a sense of wonder.
My hotel room overlooks the World Trade Center Memorial and reconstruction. 4 giant footprints of buildings and memorials.
As I watch him in his fluorescent yellow vest, I am jolted out of my own melancholy and fatigue.
My eyes burn, and the glare from the lights illuminates the mud, dirt, and materials that lie in waiting to build the new building.
Just beyond this giant gaping hole, is 2 more holes, only now instead of wreckage, those giant holes are filled with water, an ever flowing waterfall marking the lives of everyone lost on that fateful 11th day of September, 10 years ago.
I was here that day, so close to where I sit now. A moment of reflection and memory fleets through my heart. The chaos, the sirens, the dust, the fear, and now 10 years later, the peace.
My own melancholy and fatigue around E’s neurology appointment from which I am so very far away and the news that is not so surprising, difficult each time, she is doing well, but the future is unknown. Each time I hear these words, my heart feels and fears the worst.
But then I look down below me, and know that the “worst” is the memorial that lies below. The one where nearly 3,000 people rest and their family members are left only the memories they had until that day.
This hallowed ground is bigger than me. It gives me energy to know, and remember, this news is not the ‘worst.’
The police officer looks up, almost feeling the intensity of my stare. I got lost watching him and was found on Hallowed Ground.
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