A Personal Note On Helping, And Coping, And Fighting Back.
The following is
the personal opinion of Mike Lipshultz, Editor, BizNet OnLine Magazine and
Supervisor for Tri-State Search and Rescue.
In my 47 years
on this earth, nothing, but nothing has hit me like this. Over 6,000 people,
human beings, dead or missing.
I’m kind of
one of those “Control” type personalities.
I have learned to accept that most things in my life are in fact, not
subject to my control. That said I
do not like feeling helpless. As such I have learned a great many life skills.
And here I sit.
Feeling as helpless as can be. No
matter how hard I try, I can’t fix the events of September 11, 2001.
There is nothing in my arsenal of skills and abilities to make things
know all the things I need to know to deal with this and keep my life on track.
The events of that
day were beyond my control and responsibility.
I am not responsible
for fixing anything.
It’s O.K. to
“feel” bad about this.
And Blah, Blah,
This is not an intellectual event. My “feelings” don’t care about what my “Intellect” knows. So, I continue to feel alternating emotions of:
Then the only
thing I feel like is an American. And
if anyone thinks that they can bring this country ”down”, they need to look
Japan made the
mistake of “waking up a sleeping giant”, with their unprecedented attack on
That mistake has
just been made again. The Giant has
woken up, and it’s not in a good mood!
Now it’s not
about how I feel, or what I need. It’s
about my country and what it needs.
I have some of
the skills and training needed in an event like this. So, why am I here in Los Angeles, and not in New York?
Because I’m not the only person with this training.
The authorities in New York know of me, and will call if I’m needed,
but for now they are overloaded with “skilled” help.
Yes, I would
feel better if I just went to New York. But
the truth is, I would just be part of the “one too many” dedicated folks
showing up to help. So, I’m
staying in Los Angeles, and turning my frustration into other ways to help.
I have worked
the phones and my business connections, not only to help raise funds, but to
brainstorm, to find other ways to help.
On Thursday the
13th I talked with my connections over at America’s Most Wanted.
We discussed the idea of them using their web site to help list the
missing. On Saturday the 16th,
the announcement was made that in fact, America’s Most Wanted, was going to do
just that. I was not in New York, but I was helping.
I was fighting back.
And I keep
finding ways to help.
letter, and web site, is another. And
I know it is helping. How, do I
know? Because it has already helped
me. And I hope it will help you.
It is to help
you to know that you don’t have to be in New York, or Washington, or so on, to
make a difference. Wherever you
are, that is where you can help. You
can help at your local church, synagogue, school, civic organization, shelter,
or any place that your participation is needed.
If you feel the
need to help out with more than just money, then look around your community for
places that desperately need help, your help.
So little can do
and mean so much. Let the
folks around you know they are not alone. We
the citizens of the United States are here for each other.
fellow Americans, believe me when I say, you are not alone. We are in this together.
If you can give help, give help. If
you need help, please, please, please, take our help.
By letting us help you, you in fact are helping us to help ourselves.
If you need to
talk to someone or be with someone, reach out to the support centers and
telephone numbers that have been set up.
discovered I am not helpless, and I do have control.
I have the control over how this affects me and whether or not I let this
attack claim what I can or could have done.
let this attack claim you and what you can do.
Please fight back by getting any help you need, by doing whatever you can
do, no matter it be big or small. It
all adds up.
And lastly I ask
everyone to support what this country stands for.
“The Land Of
The Free”, “The Home Of The Brave”. We
are all Americans, even those that do not talk or dress like you or me.
And we all need to support each other.
Don’t let the
terrorists win by turning us against each other.
I thank you all,
and my hopes and prayer are with each and every one of you.
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