Just in case you are not a Director (she posted it to Director's Dish) ~ this is such an inspirational note. Good morning. I just would not feel right letting today come and go without taking a moment to reflect on the happenings of September 11th already 7 years ago today. We all have our memories, our stories, and our feelings. For me it’s not only remembering what was, it is also what might have been if one thing different (for my example) had my sister get to work on time instead of being late for work on the 105th floor of the tower, as well what could occur in our future. What matters most is family, friendships, and being the best we can be always. It is important to me for each of you to know how very much I value you as a member of my Pampered Chef family and that I’m here for you in any way I can be. Remember, even just after the day 7 years ago, we served a purpose. A purpose of helping people to not only learn ways to save money, save time, and save storage space in their cabinets, while having fun and eating well, but also to take their minds off their every day troubles. The show I did just 3 days after 9-11-01 was one in which the ladies and men there, including some who worked for the Port Authority of NY/NJ were glad not to be in front of the TV or listening to the radio for just that 1 ½ hour time period that I could take their mind off of it. In the year 2008 we have an awesome responsibility and a sincere privilege in which we can take people’s minds off their troubles – be it health, financial, or just a crazy family schedule – for a little while. We edu-tate them…educate and entertain at the same time. Our job is more than a way to earn a paycheck, it’s a way of life for many of us, and a way that we can help others with their lives. It’s crazy to know that one moment in time could change someone’s life. Today we remember that in many ways. Touch others with care and know the moments you affect will be better because of you. Thanks. Helaine My personal story that night on 9-11-01: I did a show ON 9-11-01. When I called my host that morning (thinking I'm sure she's going to reschedule, pre-judging? Yep!) as all of us had your faces glued to the news stations, she said to me, "WE need this party Ginny!" She was right. Though I didn't want to leave my family that night...so they decided to come with me! They got to see me in action for the first time and I was proud to have them there! I like Helaine, found they were glad not to be in front of the TV or listening to the radio for just that 1 ½ hour time period that I could take their mind off of it. They all thanked me for the it too. I started off with a moment of silence. That host was amazing. She ended up turning her $2,000 PLUS party sales into a fundraiser with the American Red Cross as the beneficiary, something she decided during her party. On our way home, we talked about what a wonderful gift she gave. We being here in California ~ all the way across the country, what could we do? At that moment, I, too, decided to donate my entire commission I made that night to ARC too...my family thought it was a GREAT idea and so instead of the solemn faces because what was going on still, we all went home with smiles on our faces. When I got home, I wrote individual notes to the host and every customer thanking them and letting them know I, too, donated my commission. Back then I wasn't into the recruiting thing at all. I robbed them of our gift. But my committment now, is to offer it to everyone!