Throughout the years that I have written “Thoughts from Dr. Joe,” I’ve tried to find words from the heart, trusting that my perspectives would resonate with my readers. I’ve not taken this charge lightly and consequently craft every sentence hoping to leave a message.
Attempting to write thoughts regarding the anniversary of 9/11, I struggled for a thesis, some unifying perspective whereby I could find clarity and report that after 10 years, there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, I am fooled by mirages and once again I stare down a long, dark crevasse.
We now live in a complicated world. We never thought another nation would attack our soil. Wars were for other places and other people. We fought for them, or their land. Yet, here we were, watching our friends and neighbors killed just for being American citizens. This is an America I have since introduced to my children, unlike the land where I grew up. Being attacked now prompts a feeling of inevitability, as it is hard to imagine living in a secure world.