Saturday, September 10, 2011

Leigh Bale Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2001, started out as a beautiful, clear day. Nothing unusual about it. Just another workday for people to go about their business. But it wasn’t just another day. It was a day of courage and valor, proven by ordinary people who didn’t care at all about the ridiculous things that seem to divide us. In the aftermath of what happened, all that mattered was helping one another and surviving the devastation caused by cruel, hateful people.

How ordinary do you think today might be? Will anything unusual happen to make us cherish our family members more? To reprioritize and value our lives? That’s what 9/11 has given me. A deeper appreciation for the sweetness of my life and all it has to offer.

In honor of those valiant people who fought for their lives and participated in the recovery effort, I’ve decided to celebrate a great victory. When the worst happened, the people of our nation rose up and met the occasion. We showed our mettle. Because we never know when an ordinary day might become extraordinary and test the very fabric of our souls.

God bless America, the land that I love.


  1. God Bless America!

    Paulo Coelho shared in his facebook page today: "Don't allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not"

    I was exchanging an email with a friend this morning and she wrote it was raining where she lives (in USA) and I suddenly remembered the first day it rained over ground zero. I Remember thinking "at last Our Lord took time from Rescueing, from Giving comfort and cried"

    Wishing you all a happy weeekend,

  2. Lovely post, Leigh. So many found courage in the midst of tragedy to help others. I keep thinking about those brave men and women on Flight 93 and how they sacrificed their lives so that many more would be saved.

  3. I think about cell phones and the wonder that some, who knew they had just moments to live, called loved ones to say goodbye. That gives me chills.

  4. What lovely thoughts, everyone. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh, Teresa, beautiful thought about the Lord crying! Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks, Leigh, for your blog today. I'm reflecting on what I'll say tomorrow.

    Be sure to stop by and remember 9/11!

  6. Its hard to believe its been ten years. I remember the moment I heard about the twin towers. I was at home getting my son ready for pre-school when my husband called and told me to turn on the television. I did and then fell to my knees with sobs as I watched the planes flying into the buildings. I cried for days as more and more images came through and more information was released.
    I know we will never forget.

  7. Such wonderful thoughts, Leigh and others! I have watched other programs this weekend about 9/11 and it is hard to believe that 10 years have passed. How much our lives and our world have changed. I also remember thinking that how fortunate for those who had cell phones on that one flight that they could say goodbye to their loved ones. I hope we can always remember to part from those we love with WORDS of love :)


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