Moving Beyond 9/11 740.1

I’ve been enlightened and uplifted by many articles and TV specials commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

It’s important and appropriate that we pause to honor with reverence and gratitude the lives lost and mangled and the noble efforts of those who struggled mightily to rescue them.

We should learn the lesson that life is fragile. We’re all vulnerable, not merely to terrorism, but to various sudden external forces, from car collisions to cancer. This reminder should not make us fearful or insecure; rather, it should inspire gratitude for every precious moment of life.

We should also be reminded that 9/11 brought out the best in us – compassion, empathy, charity, and a sense of unity.

In another week, however, I suspect our memories and feelings about this catastrophe will, once again, become more muted and less painful. That’s how it should be.

Life-changing tragic events dot the lives of all of us – the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the loss of a home or business. How we cope with these calamities often determines the quality of our lives.

We must not be imprisoned by anxiety or grief by events like 9/11. It’s not healthy or helpful to repeatedly re-experience the pain of old wounds. Self-inflicted suffering is pointless and damaging.

We shouldn’t forget what happened but we are entitled to live happy lives, and that requires us to let go of the grief of terrible times and to move on.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 11

  1. I am so sorry to hear that you have to discontinue your daily radio announcement. I have enjoyed it and it is my motivation to leave my house early in the morning. The only radio I listen is CBS. Please write your commentaries and let me know where? I will get them. Your commentaries served me as the guide to a civilized society and reminded me to live up to that level of human development. Our society needs more of you to nurture our souls.
    I think it is shortsighted to come up with that kind of decision.
    Thank you for those days you touched me; and hopefully, you will include me in your future plans. I will remain your loyal supporter and live up to your ideals.

  2. Never once in all my 50+ years have I been prompted to write in to anyone for anything. Now is the time. Please do continue to write your commentaries. They are filled with clarity, wisdom and
    careful perspective. I read each one, save many, photocopy and pass on my favorites and the ones I find most profound. Most important, I share them with my child so that he can nurture his character and hold strong to his integrity. I find folded copies of your commentaries stashed in pockets, tucked in zippered parts of handbags, behind magnets on my refrigerator, and in random places in my car. I read and revisit them often. They are important and people need them. Please share your gifts and talents for as long as you are able. The radio is not your only audience.

  3. I am sorry that the radio comments are being discontinued.
    I hope that you do continue the daily posts – I read them daily, and find them a gentle reminder of how to act and react during the day.

  4. Mr. Josephson, First and foremost, I want to say express my gratitude for the many meaningful and thoughtful messages you have shared with the public.
    Especially when all around us there is another influence which is not always a positive one for our society. Your Character Counts messages by all means are needed morethan ever.
    KNX,WHAT ARE YOU THINKING???…A STATION GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP LISTENERS HEAR POSITIVE INFORMATION ON A DAILY BASIS, LISTENING AT HOME, ON THE WAY TO WORK, ETC…Perhaps you would reconsider your latest decision and help our society and country to listen to how to treat others and show concern when we continue to see how attitudes are changing.

  5. I have enjoyed listening to your comments thru KNX Newsradio. I am sorry to find out that KNX Newsradio will discontinue your program.
    Your comments have touched my life in some special way. I hope that there will be a radio station that will come up and air your comments in the Los Angeles area. As your recent comment about “Blessing or Curse”, there might be a blessing to this. I wish you and your program well. I know that I can still read your comments from this site, and for me, this is still a blessing.

  6. This is an absolute shame. From all the doom and gloom we hear on from talk radio, this segment provided hope. I am very disappointed in KNX…for what, to put more advertising on the air? I am very saddened by this decision as these ‘parables’ provided guidance to a world consumed by itself.

  7. Hello mr. Josephson,
    Although I do not listen to the radio, I read your commentaries religiously, have taken pointers from them and have tried to live by the ethical rules. I have forwarded a lot of your commentaries to friends, and some have even subscribed to your newsletter. I know my life has improved because of it, as some of my friends’ lives have as well.
    I cannot believe a radio station would prefer to discontinue commentaries that may better lives, find peaceful solutions, and in general help us help ourselves. Even if one person’s life has changed for the positive, it is still well worth it. The radio station should think twice before discontinuing, as this is an opportunity for them to improve lives, through you. I hope they will reconsider.

  8. We will miss your commentaries. You provided a counter balance to the hype of “news” reporting. Perhaps KNX felt your positive uplifting comments were not entertaining enough. It will be their loss.

  9. Dear Mr. Josephson,
    I was moved by the quotations you posted in the 9/15/11 commentary this week. The struggles and trauma that I have endured with family members this week-end reminded me to read the poem written by Wendell Berry. Words could not have been spoken better, ” I rest in the grace of the world and I am free”. I also enjoy reading your commentaries and timely topics that put my and others lives in perspective. As a school counselor I find myself turning more and more to your words of wisdom.
    Thank you,
    Rose Becerril
    School Counselor
    Starpoint CSD

  10. I agree that we should not live in grief.But some people wish that the day of september 11,2001 could be changed so that those horrible people that hijacked those 4 planes never existed

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