Archive for September 7th, 2010

A Lesson from 9/11

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

Dalai Lama



As 9/11 approaches, many thoughts come to mind about that fateful day. Among them, how some very simple little things affected the course of people’s lives.

“As you might remember, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.

Another was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her alarm didn’t go off on time.

Another was late because of being stuck on the N.J. Turnpike due to an auto accident.

One of them missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.

One’s car wouldn’t start.

One couldn’t get a taxi.

The one that struck me most was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning. He took the various means to get to work, but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band Aid.” 

That’s why they are all alive today. So maybe it’s good for me to remember that when I’m stuck in traffic, miss the elevator, turn back to answer a ringing phone, can’t find my car keys, hit every red light – when I encounter all the little things that annoy me, perhaps I should simply stop and trust the process. Having things be the way I think they should be may not always be what is best for me. At those moments I need to go with the flow and remember – that one little thing that frustrates me may be the very thing that redirects the course of my entire life.

Thank you to my friend, Marie Burghardt for sharing this.

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