Sep 10, 2011

TAKE PAUSE: How to Show Honor on 9-11

Each of the 3,031 flags represents a life lost September 11, 2001
 I ran past the Healing Field yesterday morning on my run before the sun came up. My route was planned, but I had no idea what was around the corner. As the first line of flags caught my eye, I was overcome with emotion. Chills ran up and down my spine. It made me proud to be part of this country, it made me hurt for those that lost their lives on 9/11. I do remember exactly where I was when I heard the tragic news. I'll never forget how I felt. Fear came over me for a little while and then a sense of peace somehow.

Something that drives me is knowing that in the morning when I wake up..... I have another day to get out of bed, kiss Mike on the cheek check on my kids in there beds before I go outside and run and breathe and do what I can to make my life better. Enjoy every moment. Make every moment count.

A prayer from Mike and I goes out to all of those that still suffer from this tragedy. And to all those who fight to keep our country safe. 


Karlie wanted me to read this before she posted it and I found myself asking a lot of questions.

Where did your mind go when you saw the events of that day unfold? 
After the initial shock, my mind turned to family, friends & those I loved the most. Did I tell them I loved them enough? Did I do what I was able to help those around me? Things I would regret and things I should have done but didn't filled my thoughts. 

How can we best honor those that lost their lives on that tragic day? 
I think the best way to honor 9/11 is to remember how we felt about life in the moments when it seemed the whole world turned upside down. Reflect in that moment, re-prioritize our lives and put the things that matter most first. You will not look back and think, "I should have gone to that extra meeting." or "I should have played just one more level on that video game" or "I should have worked harder so I could have gotten that ______"
If those who are lost were to speak to us and give us words of wisdom, I imagine it would go something like this:

"Tell those closest to you that you love them. Spend time with your children. Kiss them & hug them so many times they will never forget you love them. Say you are sorry to those you have hurt even if it isn't your fault. Thank those who have given of themselves to you. Live every day as if it was your last."

For more information on the healing fields you can go here.

10000 South Centennial Parkway and 150 West
Sandy, UT
North West of the Sandy Target


  1. It was amazing and unexpected. We're taking the kids down there later today. I am so grateful for all who've sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for my freedoms.

  2. I don't think I could have kept running. That moment for me was filled with emotion. I am going to snag your questions for my blog.

  3. thanks for sharing this I to have shed alot of tears and said many prayers this weekend as I have thought about all the lives lost, all the brave men and women who risked their own lives going into that building knowing they would probably die, but went in anyway. It makes me so proud to be an American and I shared with my boys, that another way to honor all ot those who have lost their lives, all of those who fight for our freedom, is to sing our National Antheim proudly everytime and think of them as you sing and thank God for our freedoms and our lives everytime you sing. We love you Mike and Karlie and our so thankful for your inspiration. Love Mom