It is easy to think of 9/11 and dwell on horror and sadness. But I think it's better to think of the human triumphs. Countless stories abound of good samaritans; selfless emergency workers; dedicated and exhausted medical professionals; generous neighbors; and kind strangers.
And while 9/11 made visible such goodness as a kind of therapy for our hurting human spirits, good deeds are not actually uncommon. Whether the precipitating force is a large-scale tragedy like 9/11 or a run-of-the-mill bad day scenario like a flat tire, the simple truth is that people help people every day. We just don't always hear much about it.
I'm glad that the legacy of 9/11 has turned into a day of service. In fact, September 11th is the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the United States. Each year, more than 40 million Americans observe September 11th by doing good deeds for other people. We all know that the world is better when we help each other, and a national day of service is a great way to help the good grow. You can even make aGood Deed pledge for 9/11, share it with your friends, and encourage other people to make pledges as well. I'm going to a potluck tonight where I pledge to help plan a local response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. What good are you going to do? I'd love to hear all about it (#do-goodery).