They Rise Again

DSCF7389It has been 14 years since 9/11. I got a chance to visit the National September 11 Memorial just recently. I was amazed at the sight of the One World Trade Center.The building looked formidable yet elegant.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

The two reflecting pools in the footprints of the fallen buildings were pretty emotional. The name of each of the victims/heroes was inscribed on the panels of the pools. I did not know any of the victims/heroes, but I took some time reading some of the names.

Reflecting pool

Reflecting pool

Names of victims/heroes inscribed on the panel of one of the reflecting pools.

Names of victims/heroes inscribed on the panel of one of the reflecting pools.

While doing that, I felt a deep sense of sorrow and empathy for the victims and what happened. Perhaps we do not always have to have a personal connection to a dark site to have an emotional experience. The CNN News tonight talked about the 9/11 anniversary

Visitor Rules of Conduct. Can we have such thing at the entrance of Timpohon Gate, at least?

Visitor Rules of Conduct. Can we have such thing at the entrance of Timpohon Gate, at least?

and the lessons that could be learned. The site was a massive chaos in the aftermath of the attacks. Now it is back on its feet. Clean, beautiful and strong. The biggest lesson I learned from the whole 9/11 thing is we all stumble every now and then. But just like the 9/11 site, we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again.

What Is Your Blue Door?

DSCF5047When I was in Peru, I could not help but notice the presence of blue doors amidst the beautiful native cultures. I wondered what they were all about. Later, I discovered that the blue doors were part of the cultural legacy of the Spanish colonizers. As I sat against one of the doors, I thought ‘what is my legacy when I make my exit?’. I still do not have an answer to that question. It had better be good. Can you think of your blue door?