“The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and they’re pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Nobody’s be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.”
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
This is exactly why I love museums so much. Art has been one of the only reliable and fulfilling constants in my life. Plus, J.D. Salinger is just a genius.
No matter your affiliation, creed, or philosophy, and regardless of whether or not you believe in God or a higher power, please take a moment of your day to pray. Reflect on all you have to be thankful for. Now make sure you don’t forget those thoughts tomorrow or the next day. I know I haven’t done enough to show my appreciation for all that I have, and it shouldn’t have to take the anniversary of a tragedy to do so. Count your blessings, and always end your phone calls with “I love you.”