September 11, 2001 (9-11)

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when it happened? I was at work at my job at the police department walking by a television in the shift commanders office. I watched as the first tower burned and just kept wondering how the heck were they going to get enough water up to those high floors to put out the fire. By now several of my co-workers and I are standing around watching. I even called home and told my wife to turn on the television.


The second plane hits the south tower. My first thought is that we are under attack. This date, September 11, 2001, will live in infamy, our infamy. It is a pivotal moment that triggered a significant emotional event that affected all of us. That’s why we can remember so vividly where we were and what we were doing. It’s almost like that moment in time was permanently etched on our minds. Similar things have happened in the past, some during my lifetime and some before. Space shuttle Challenger blowing up, JFK assassination, MLK or Bobby Kennedy Assassinations and a few others.

Are we safer? Is our personal safety better than it was was 10 years ago? A simple answer is yes and no. A more complicated answer can only truly be given by each and every individual.

To me the only true way to win the war that was waged on us is to not to let them win. We can’t destroy the head of the snake quick enough without it growing another head. That leaves us with our individual lives. Secure yourself and your family. Prepare for the inevitable and occasional calamity so you are ready when it happens. Decrease the debt in your life so that it doesn’t become a burden for you.

But do all you can do to take care of your “Kingdom”. I mean this word to signify the importance and influence each of us has within our families. I’ve always felt that we may all not have the opportunity to change the world…but if we just work at making our “Kingdom”, as good as it can be it is inevitable that the world will be the better for it.

Take care of each other, always,


Jeffrey Washington




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