it’s still crystal clear in my mind. i was personal training in 2001 and my days began at 4:30 am. i woke, showered, walked ivan and cabbed it uptown to make my first appointment at 6:00 then another at 7:15. my 9:00 appointment had cancelled that day and i walked down park avenue from 89th street to my place on 55th and 1st, admiring the amazing blue color of the sky.
i had left the television on for Ivan who happily greeted me when i arrived home at several minutes before 9:00 am on september 11th, 2001. as i walked through the living room i saw the tv showing the 1st tower on fire. i thought it must have been a movie. i called my brother who worked right across the street from the wtc. he assured me it was just an accident – a plane had accidentally hit the tower. instinctively i knew it couldn’t be right. the sky was so clear, how could that happen? as he described what to him looked like a ticker tape parade going on outside his window, i just knew this was more than an accident. i saw the 2nd plane on the television at the same instant my brother screamed “i’ve gotta go!” and hung up the phone. it was 2 hours of the worst panic i’ve ever experienced before i heard from him again. he had made it to a ferry boat and was crossing the river heading for nj. he attended 25 funerals in the following weeks.
i have never prayed so hard or cried so hard as i did on that day.
2 of my brothers who serve as volunteer fire fighters in nj came in to help with the rescue efforts along with thousands of others.
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein