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None of us will ever forget where we were on 9/11, or how we learned about the attacks on our country. Our hearts, and our innocence, were shattered on that awful day.
September 11 Is A Painful Anniversary
One of the kindest women I've ever known, Berry Berenson, was on a morning flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Today I think of her, and the thousands like her, who lost their lives in such a horrible way. I think of her devastated children, and all the other 9/11 family members who had to endure the harrowing experience of losing them.
September 11 is a painful anniversary. We share a collective grief on this day, but it is a grief that is significant. Every year, let's dedicate ourselves more and more fully to creating a world in which such things no longer happen.
Is it possible to do that? I am reminded of an old rabbinical statement: "You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you permitted to abandon it."
Achieving A More Peaceful World
We might not achieve all we would wish to achieve in our lives, but we can move things closer to the goal. Our lives are not defined by what we achieve so much as by what we try our best to achieve.
As citizens of the United States, may we try our best to "achieve a more perfect union." As citizens of the world, may we try our best to achieve a more peaceful world.
May We Be The Ones To Change Things
Today, we live with a meaningful sorrow. May those who lost their lives on 9/11 live on with God in eternal peace, may those who still mourn them be comforted, and may all of us be deepened by the indelible memory, and the painful lessons, of this day in our shared history.
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The above article was reprinted from a 9/11/2019 email
from and by Marianne Williamson. [email protected].
9/11: Fifteen Years Later by Marianne Williamson
(Talk presented on 9/11/2016)
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Tears to Triumph: Spiritual Healing for the Modern Plagues of Anxiety and Depression
by Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important spiritual voices of our time. In Tears to Triumph, she argues that we—as a culture and as individuals—have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing. Instead of allowing ourselves to embrace our hurt, we numb it, medicate it, dismiss it, or otherwise divert our attention so that we never have to face it. In refusing to acknowledge our suffering, we actually prolong it and deny ourselves the opportunity for profound wisdom—ultimately limiting our personal growth and opportunity for enlightenment. Frozen by denial, we are left standing in the breech. Whole industries profit from this immobility, and while they have grown rich, we have become spiritually poorer. As Marianne makes clear, true healing and transcendence can only come when we finally face our pain and wrestle with what it has to teach us. Written with warm compassion and profound wisdom, Tears to Triumph offers us a powerful way forward through the pain, to a deeper awareness of our feelings, our lives, and our true selves.
A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution
by Marianne Williamson
In this stirring call to arms, the activist, spiritual leader, and New York Times bestselling author of the classic A Return to Love confronts the cancerous politics of fear and divisiveness threatening the United States today, urging all spiritually aware Americans to return to—and act out of—our deepest value: love. (Also available as a Kindle edition.)
About the Author
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and activist. Six of her published books have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books include A Return to Love, A Year of Miracles, The Law of Divine Compensation, The Gift of Change, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, and Illuminata. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose. She is a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. For more info, visit marianne2020.com.