As the next anniversary of 9/11 approaches, I am inspired to write about the more personal side of being the remarkable you.

No words adequately describe the day that changed America and very personally the lives of families and loved ones left behind by the 2,996 people who perished or the 6,000+ people injured. Images are ingrained in all of our minds and memories take us back to the morning of 9/11 like it was yesterday.

The image above is a photo of a statue named “Double Check”. John Seward Johnson, II created the bronze statue that was placed in downtown New York in 1982. It depicts a businessman pausing for a moment to double check inside his briefcase one more time before moving into an important meeting in the nearby building.

His pausing place was across the street from the World Trade Center.

He’s well dressed. He keeps track of time on his wrist to make sure he is making the most of every hour, minute, and second. He looks important and the meeting he is expecting must be important as well. He double checks to make sure everything is right.

What is important in your life to double check and make sure it’s right?  Meetings? Reports? Quotas?  Email? Social Media Updates?

Of course.

But, let’s never forget the most important things — your relationships with your loved ones, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and your community.

Double check.

Double check that all is right and if not, make it right. Strive to be the remarkable you at the office and at home, in your community — every place where your relationships live.

The memorial of “Double Check” has become a reminder that everything can change in the blink of an eye.


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