A few months ago we visited the 9/11 Memorial. Needless to say, it was sobering.
As I walked along walls covered with names of those who died, I came across this lone rose. Sometimes losses are too big for words.
Other times words remind how big the loss.
Further around the memorial, I saw a group of people gathered around a tree. It was the “Survivor Tree”. I had not heard of it before and learned that the tree was found among the rubble following the 9/11 attacks after all hope of finding life had been lost. The burnt tree had one living branch. It was sent to a nursery and, surprisingly, it recovered.
In 2010, the tree was uprooted again during a storm. Again it recovered.
Today, it sits at the 911 Memorial as a symbol of hope, strength, and rebirth. It’s a symbol we all need or will need at some point of our lives. It reminds us that even among a pile smoldering ash we can find hope.
If you are looking for a simple way to remember those who died, I did an In Honor of Heroes kettlebell workout last year. It’s not much but it’s something.
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