This is a repost from 2011 but the content is still relevant. Tamara's Thoughts
Everyone remembers where they were on September 11th 10 years ago when this terrible tragedy happened. I was finishing my internship at a stress center working with adults, and clearly this was the focus for the entire day. I remember everyone wanted to go home so they could watch what was happening on television, understandably.
However, another therapist made a challenge to everyone that I'll never forget. She challenged everyone not to go home and sit in-front of the television and get anxious and scared about what was going on. She challenged everyone that when they did go home, to hug their children harder, their spouses more, and to cherish what they had in their lives. She basically said, "Are you going to let this paralyze you, or are you going to hold on stronger to what you already possess?"
Not only is this great feedback for that day and tragedy, but great feedback for any crisis or tragedy any of us face in life. We need to grieve & feel the sadness and loss of those lost on September 11th, and we need to honor their memory as well. We can also decide what action steps we're going to take after we grieve. This helps our healing process and outlook on life.
The 10-year Anniversary of September 11th was called the National Day of Service. On the 10-year Anniversary K-Love Radio Station looked for 1 million people to make a difference someway somehow. How can you continue make a difference and serve on this special day? Perhaps you could promise to serve food at a shelter, or promise to pray for our military and their families, or promise to check in on an elderly neighbor. It can be absolutely anything! Imagine what good could result.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.