The Letter – Coming Home

Posted: 10/2001

The Letter

Coming Home

As we send this issue of PHONE+ to print, we have watched our nation experience the worst terrorist attack of all time. The cost – in lives and dollars – has not yet been tallied, but one thing is for sure: It is too much.

It so happens that I, and much of the PHONE+ staff, was visiting Washington D.C. the week of the attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. I mention this, not to elicit empathy, but to put into context my perspective on the events. We were there to host our Channel Partners Conference & Expo, an event we host twice a year – on the East and West coasts. Once the news of the attacks came in, all business ceased. What was so important at the beginning of the day suddenly seemed meaningless, as we tried to understand what had happened.

Being far away from our families and friends made the moment all the more poignant. Our concerns for the victims and our country, matched by that for our own loved ones in Phoenix. All we wanted was to get back home.

While we made it home within a few days, getting back “home” as a nation may take some doing. We are scared and we are angry. But we also are strong and faithful. And, as horrific as this event is, it offers us an opportunity to realign our priorities. We are mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and neighbors before we are publishers, salespeople, editors, etc.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families – no doubt our readers are among them. Let their deaths not be in vain. I’m not talking about revenge of a military or economic nature; that’s for the generals and the politicians to contend with. Let’s get on with our lives with a renewed sense of purpose and community, a commitment to freedom and peace and love for our fellowman. Maybe things will never be the same, but maybe they can be better.


Marla Ellerman

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