Inspirational Reflections and Ripple Effects

Every Tuesday I try to come up with a new topic to touch on… 9/11 just happens to fall on Tuesday this year….

I can still remember my experience with 9/11.

I was thousands of miles away from ground zero. I didn’t have any family nor friends nor casual acquaintences from New York let alone remotely involved in the day’s tragic events. Yet, like many others, I stayed glued to my television all day.

I had no idea how this day would impact me personally. I still don’t know all the facets of my life it has touched.

I do know, however, that I promised I would do my part to make each day a little better. At the time of 9/11 I was a single mom relying on public assistance. I was struggling just to make ends meet… but I was trying. Something inside me clicked that day. It instilled a need to try harder, to do more, to reach further, and to make something bigger and better happen in the life that surrounded me.

I can’t even begin to describe the path I then took… I can’t draw a road map for others to follow. Yet, I can share what I have gained.

Now I am married to a wonderfully loving man. I am blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am able to work from home creating my happiness art that not only makes me giggle, but hopefully touches someone else along it’s quirky way. My life inspires my art and through my art I am able to help others by supporting various causes all year .

What a great way to spend my every day!

My life has definitely changed. Can I claim it is all because of 9/11? No. The ripple effect of that day on my life, however, will forever be felt. I will always remember that long day of watching and thinking and personally growing and promising to be better.

Each day I try to remember that life can change in a split second. I often become caught up in the moment and forget the big pictures. Yet, I try to make a daily goal to remember that I can do something better and I can help someone else.


More reading:

Do Good – an article at Yahoo

Spread the word: Feel free to share this penguin doodle to help spread the word!

original designs by JGoode at

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