Remembering 9/11/2001

What would you do in the last hour of your life? Where would you be? Who would remember it? What would it look like?

Today is the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. There are a lot of stories be shared online about the heroes of that dreadful day. The ones that did not focus on themselves, but the focused on helping the people around them. I came across this video today, and I found the story of Welles R. Crowther very inspiring.

My summary

Welles Crowther was working on the 104th floor of the south tower of the WTC on the morning of 9/11 when the first plane hit the North tower. He and approximately 200 other people were waiting by the elevators on the 70th floor when the second plane hit the south tower. He then made numerous trips back and forth, and helped at least 12 people safely evacuate the building before it collapsed. His body was found 6 months later in the remains at ground zero.

When I see people like this, it makes me wonder if I have what it takes to give everything I have to a single purpose, or a single mission. We all want something out of life. People like Welles show us that sometimes the best way to get what you want is to give everything you have. People like Welles, are the heroes and role models that the rest of the world looks up to.

Life is short, and we don’t know when our time will come. We don’t know when an opportunity like the one Welles found himself in will present itself to us. We must focus on today, and serve the people are all around us.

Living In the moment

I often find myself daydreaming about what the future holds, and what my life will be like 5, 10, 15, or 20 years from now. While it is good to think about where your current path is taking you, it is a dangerous place to sit and dwell on the future for too long. Because the reality is, we may not even make it to next month let alone a years from now. I know that it seems morbid, but it motivates me to make sure my actions today are in-line with what I’m called to do.

Why would I…
  • Waste my life working at a job that I don’t like?
  • Spend time doing things I’m not proud of?
  • Not speak up about things I’m not happy with?

It is crazy to me how my emotions can change so drastically from one day to the next. Some days I think I can conquer the world, and the next day I feel like I’m unemployed and depressed. It’s amazing how the most minute detail can have an enormous negative impact on your actions of a given day. But, that also means that the tiniest thought or detail can have have a huge positive impact too. The key is to let all of fear go, and instead focus on small things you can do right now this very moment to keep moving forward.

Feeling Grateful

Today, September 11, 2016, I find myself extremely grateful for everything that I have. There are so many simple things that I have that I’m sure I’m not even able to fully appreciate. But, one of the biggest things I’m grateful for is to be able to be doing something everyday that I find enjoyable.

Why I enjoy working at SkEye

I don’t enjoy working at SkEye because it’s easy, or because I can skate by doing the bare minimum. In fact, the exact opposite is true. I enjoy working at SkEye because it is brutal, it is difficult, it demands everything of me. It is the first job I have ever been in, where the success of the business and the company is a direct reflection of my ability. It is the first time I have been in charge of an organization that I believe actually has the ability to change the world.

What would you do in the last hour of your life? Where would you be? Who would remember it? What would it look like?

I know what my answer to these questions are. I would do exactly what I am doing now. Help inspire people to be more than they think they can be. Do everything I can to leave my surroundings better than I find them. Love my friends and family. Give every ounce of energy to live in the moment here and now.

God bless all the people that lost their lives 15 years ago, and God bless America!