Saturday, September 10, 2011

What Will You Do To Pay It Forward?

As I think ahead to September 11th, I've been trying to figure out how I want to spend my day, and those things on which I want to focus. I've started to see more conversations about this, and have stumbled upon the following links:
youtube clip on paying it forward
9/11 Day Of Service
10,000 Random Acts of Kindness
New York Says Thank You

These links include various ways to pay it forward, information about this idea as a way to remember the events of September 11th, and websites to read about others' acts of kindness. Pretty cool if you ask me! I don't actually know much about these organizations, but thought I'd share as a way to get each of you thinking about something you can do to pay it forward. If you know of other great organizations or websites, please leave the information in the comment section! Remember that this isn't something that just should be done on the actual day itself.

As the New York Says Thank You website ends their comments on their home page: "The secret to our growing “Pay It Forward” movement is very simple: What we do is about 9/12."

In the spirit of this day, I watch this video every year. Beautiful.

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again
with just my children and my wife,
I'd thank my lucky stars
to be living here today,
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom
and they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

Firefighters raise an American Flag over the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. 

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