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  • Jeff Young

Diving Deeper on this 9/11 Anniversary

Updated: Sep 13

It was 20 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. Some weren’t even born yet or were too young to have any meaningful memory of it. That’s odd to me because the day is so clear in my mind. I was on the air, doing a music radio show – broadcast around the country and the world via Armed Forces radio. My audience and I went from enjoying tunes together to wondering if our world was about to change forever. It sure did.

Nine years ago, I interviewed the last survivor to be rescued from the World Trade Center rubble. Genelle Guzman-McMillan wrote "Angel in the Rubble", her personal story of 27 hours she spent trapped in a WTC building that collapsed with her inside of it. You can hear my chat with her at jeffyoung.com.


Buried under tons of concrete, Genelle prayed for a sign from God that He was there and would give her a second chance to live her life more in line with His will for her. Suddenly, she was grabbed by the hand - in pitch darkness. A man who called himself Paul spoke to her and assured her she would be OK. Nobody saw Paul before that day or since. Draw your own conclusions.


We live in perilous times. It gets crazier every day. There is a lot to think about and a lot to decide. Where exactly should our focus be?

I was a DJ, and now I make videos about playing in Nevada – but I’m also a thoughtful guy. A man of faith.


I don’t pretend to understand it all. But I have seen and felt evidence of something much bigger than us. Genelle sure did in that collapsed tower.

Work and recreational activity are important. So is time for personal reflection. Some of us are so busy with daily activities that we forget to pause and ponder occasionally. To try to figure out what's really going in the political arena - despite what people would have us believe – and how our connection with a higher power - or lack of it - might affect us day-to-day.


Don't be afraid to discuss these things with friends or loved ones if you get the chance. Not to argue about it too much. Some strong discussion is natural as we attempt to reach some kind conclusion - if only tentatively. Try to avoid breaking up relationships over it. Life is too precious and short to simply discard friends or loved ones we're not seeing eye-to-eye with. Don't be afraid to change your mind or to admit that you did. Some of the wisest, most successful people who ever lived allowed their thinking to evolve over time. And said so.


If you can’t come together just say “Look, I don’t know – maybe I’m wrong but that’s how I feel right now. I may see it differently at some point. Let’s see what develops.” Now, go play! Take a break! If you want to, you could use your time staring at a slot machine screen to think those deep thoughts and see if you can work it all out in your own mind.


Feel free to add “Your 2 Cents”. See ya next time.

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