“As a writer, words are your paint.

Use all the colors.”

    ~Rhys Alexander

It was nearly impossible this weekend to turn on the television or read/listen to the news without being reminded that Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States of America. From memorials to pictorials; from historic accounts to personal accounts, we were all taken back to the places we were and the feelings we felt on that horrific day.

Despite our economic challenges and all the political bickering about how to overcome them, I’m proud to be an American. My grandfather came to the U.S. from Poland at the age of 22 in search of something better and passed his belief in the promise of this country on to his sons and daughters, who passed them on to my generation. He journeyed into the unknown to sweep the first brush stroke across the canvas of a new family portrait. His hardships made our lives better. The attacks on September 11th were meant to destroy but, instead, strengthened a nation built by men and women who also believed in the promise of this country.

I’m also proud to be one small part of a profession that finds the words to detail those news stories, documentaries, memoirs, and commentaries. As writers, we find the words to express our and others’ thoughts. As writers, we verbalize emotions that we and others feel. As writers, we share a talent and skill that can connect a group, a community, a nation and a world.

I know my Monday Muse ezine and this blog have a global reach and there are disasters worldwide that have affected each and every one of you in some way. Today’s post isn’t about making money or finding clients. Today I simply encourage you to capture your story of an event that has affected you personally or changed your view of the world you live in. You have the talent to document history of your or your family’s experience even if it will only be read by you.

Add your distinct colors to your family’s portrait.

If you like, feel free to share some of your thoughts in the Comments section of this post.