Ten Years Later–A Day of Healing for Country and Mankind
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. -Eleanor Roosevelt
September 11 marks a day that brought our nation to its knees and changed the lives of countless Americans forever. Ask individuals where they were on that fear-filled day and they immediately answer with pain in their eyes and voice. How could they not? It was a day of immense fear, pain, anxiety, and uncertainty.
The deep emotional roller-coaster felt that day was especially challenging for those with mental health disorders. September 11 and the immediate days following the event were a time that provided triggers to send those challenged to run for cover or an opportunity to launch them into a relapse. It was also a time where individuals never having to deal with depression and anxiety had their lives ripped apart and their safety questioned. Depression and anxiety became the “new normal” whether you were a survivor and/or griever.
But in the rubbles of the horror of that day also came courage. Courage in a nation and its people was displayed in endless newscasts and articles with the clear message, we in America will survive!
Reflective Prayer: Lord, I pray for continued healing to those who lost the greatest gifts of all—the gifts of trust and faith. Please bring peaceful hearts and spirits to those who need to feel your presence.
Carol blogs weekly at www.hopetocope.com – if you would like to subscribe to her posts, you can get her RSS feed here by right clicking and selecting “Copy Link Address”, then adding it to your favorite feed reader. This post originally appeared in the Hope Blog on September 11, 2011.
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