We're real estate agents that focus in on selling and buying homes. But a tragedy such as the one we saw on September 11th, 2001 is one that impacts every aspect of the American way of life. So, we wanted to take a little bit of time to reflect, to encourage, and to honor those who sacrificed so much.
9/11 - 13th Anniversary
9/11 is a date all Americans are familiar with. Just the phrase 9-11 brings back memories of where people were when the nightmare that happened on Setpember 11th 2001 took place. Thursday we will remember the 13th anniversary of that day. We take to heart the losses our country took that day, the families that suffered grief, and the lessons we continue to learn from that day.
9/11 - A lesson learned
We could point to the numerous lessons about politics, about security, about hatred, terrorism, or even persecution. We could talk about our country's foreign policy, national security, tolerance, etc. But all of these have been talked about repeatedly in other venues. Beyond that, that's not really our focus as a real estate team. We focus on selling and buying homes. However, there is a lesson to be learned that applies even to us.
Coming together to clear buildings, to save lives, and to provide healthcare; first responders showed the indomitable spirit of those who have the same goal. The passengers of United Airlines flight 93 showed that they could overcome those who sought to use their aircraft to do even more damage if they worked together. And families who survived losses from the 9/11 attacks continue to teach us the importance and need of others who can support us in the pursuit of our goals.
Counseling refers to this shared goal as a superordinate goal, a goal that is bigger and larger than anything else. It's a goal that everyone is willing to work towards and fight for. Something that they are willing to suffer for, to achieve. When tragedies such as 9/11 happen, the desire to survive and help others can become the superordinate goal. But these kind of goals can be found without tragedy as well.
A stated goal and an inherent goal (a goal that is clear from a person's actions), can often be different. But if a community or team can find a superordinate goal that they can work towards and all buy into, they can conquer and overcome. This has a lot of application in different ways. But we will focus in on how this lesson applies to tomorrow.
Tomorrow, you will likely work towards a goal. We don't know what that goal is, and even you may not be clear on what that goal is. Whatever it may be, if it is a worthy goal, you likely will face opposition. If it is a worthy goal, something worth sacrificing for, there will also be those who want to come alongside you and share in that goal. Learn to identify those who have the same goals, then learn to lean on them and allow them to lean on you. When people come together and share the same dream, there is little that they cannot overcome.
Our prayers, thoughts, and hearts go out to those who have been hurt by the attacks on this day. If you want to show support for those who suffered from this tragedy, please take some time to checkout the following sites.