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2006: Issue 18

That Fateful Day

A sea of American flags covers the lawn of a local business as it honors the thousands who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I came upon it as I was rushing back to my office, pushing it to be on time for another appointment, thinking about all that I needed to do and wondering when I was going to get it done, and then, out of the corner of my eye I see it:  whoa, what’s up with all the flags?  And then it registers…..I slow down. I breathe deeply. I pause.

Over the next several days, we will have many opportunities to see again those scenes which are forever etched in our minds.  We will hear the heart wrenching stories about those who were living extra ordinary lives until they died that day, and heartfelt stories about those who as a result of that day, began living extra ordinary lives.  We will shed some tears, and relive our own memories of that day.  Remembering what we were doing when we heard the news; what we did that day and the days after; what we felt and thought; and how our world changed--as individuals, as families, and as a country.

I am hoping that during my anticipated long life I will not experience another tragedy of this magnitude. This one was more than enough.  Yet, I know that I will experience tragedy for I have come to realize it is part of our life’s journey.  The challenge is two-fold: getting through it and learning from it.  For me, getting through 9-11 was relatively easy, particularly compared to many whose lives were immediately and directly affected by the events of that day.  The more difficult challenge was what did I learn from it, and how have I applied that learning.

One of my poignant memories of that week occurred while attending my son’s football game.  As the national anthem began playing, we spontaneously grasped hands, let the tears flow, and without prompting, paused at the end for a moment of silence.  There was this palpable sense of connectedness; of we are one, we are united; and we were there together as a community, seeking some sense of normalcy and purpose.

Living an extra ordinary life requires time to think, to reflect on our experiences and to apply what we have learned. As we mark the five year anniversary of September 11, 2001, I encourage you to take time to contemplate the effect of that day on your life, and answer the following questions:

What life value was solidified for me as a result of the events of 9-11?

How do I demonstrate daily the importance of that value?

When we mark the 20th anniversary of 9-11, what will I want to share with my grandchildren about my memories from living through that experience?

Founded in 2003 and based in Roanoke, Virginia, Extra Ordinary Living works with individuals, organizations and teams to identify possibilities, create opportunities, remove obstacles and through deliberate action, optimize results.

Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends can often identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future while living in the present.” Thus, Extra Ordinary Living.

As Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our clients needs.  We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results.  The best thing about coaching is it is all about you – the client, and what you want.  We may share our opinions and give you advice, but it is up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept.  We suspend judgment and will support you in your decisions. 

As Professional Speakers, our messages are inspirational while imparting useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to help our audiences live  extra ordinary lives.  

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
– Joseph Campbell

Janet Crawford, MHA, MBA
Professional Certified Coach

A publication of Extra Ordinary Living,  Extra Ordinary Living is written for aspiring individuals striving to make a difference, and wanting to explore, experience and excel in all aspects of their life.

“To live with the conscious knowledge of the shadow of uncertainty, with the knowledge that disaster or tragedy could strike at any time; to be afraid and to know and acknowledge your fear, and still to live creatively and with unstinting love: that is to live with grace."
– Peter Henry Abrahams

"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it."
– W. M. Lewis


September 19-21, Janet will be in North Dakota facilitating a teambuilding workshop for the Natural Resources Conservation Service