The 20 minute Timeline song for our homeschool group (Classical Conversations) ends with September 11th, 2001. No matter how many times I’ve heard it, even though I know it’s coming, I still get choked up when the tune slows down and she utters that date. Everything else in the song is listed by the name of the event. Most every date in history is known by its moniker. Yet September 11th never got a name. It will forever be known by the date – 911 – and the phrase, “Never Forget”.  But what does it mean to never forget?

911To some it means never forget the service workers, civilians, and volunteers who lost their lives that day; and for a long season thereafter.

To others it means never forget what can happen when we let our guard down as a nation.

There’s a soberness that comes when our fellow human beings are killed in a tragedy.  That same soberness comes if we lose close friends and loved ones.  It’s a soberness that makes us think about our lives and take stock of what is important. Suddenly we hold those dear to us even closer, and for a short period of time the every day nuisances that would normally cause us to flip out don’t seem like a big deal anymore.

But then we forget.

We forget the pain and anguish we felt, the tears and struggle of those around us. We forget how precious life seemed in those moments, and how nothing else mattered but to love one another. We forget our deep commitments to live our dreams, seize the day, and honor the memory of those we lost by living a life without limits.  We forget, and we move on.

This year, I challenge you to Never Forget. Don’t wait until the anniversary of a tragedy to remember to live every moment with purpose. Don’t let another year go by before you appreciate every breath you take and feel gratitude for all you have. Don’t let this day be relegated to a meme or an obligatory social media post. Truly remember and hold in your heart that every second you spend here with the rest of us is a gift. You are a gift. Your life is worth more than you know.

Never Forget. <3

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