I begrudgingly picked up the newspaper this morning expecting a 10 year remembrance of the terrorist attacks. I still get angry when I see those photos, I don’t know anybody who died on September 11th, but my sympathy goes out to those who did lose friends & family- I may never know your pain.
In 2008 I went to ground zero on September 11th to pay respect. It was very intense to see people walking around crying. I felt an overwhelming need to console them. But I didn’t know them or how to help them.
What I didn’t realize when I began reading the paper was today is also the 6 month anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I began to wonder if survivors in Japan were feeling like me, going to their own ground zero and wanting to console strangers. And I realized that even though both the attacks on 9-11 & the earthquake/ tsunami were different & effect our cultures differently, we both hurt & have the compassion to console others, to ease their pain. If you see somebody who looks like they could use some help today, offer it. -Michael