My expanded version is – “Time heals, along with proper care to yourself and love from others and God.”
We know that minor injuries or disease can heal with time alone. But many physical issues need rest and some help from bandaids, doctors, medicine, surgery, etc. or they worsen and can even cause more issues.
We’ve healed. We’ve moved on. We’ve gotten over it.
Healing is possible. Moving on is possible. I’m not sure what “getting over it” means. If it means living life as if it never happened, then that’s (almost) impossible, because one doesn’t get over a tragedy, one learns to live with a ‘new normal’. If we don’t process how the trauma of a tragedy affects us, our life could easily spiral off track (maybe years later) in small or big ways, even to the point of adding more tragedy to our own life or to others.
911 is one of those national tragedies that time alone didn’t and won’t heal.
Along with time passing, we all needed to take care of ourselves by checking the priorities of our own lives. We needed the love of others, especially to hear us talk about our fears in this new, strange landscape. We needed the peace and comfort of God to still our scared hearts and minds.
The people that lost loved ones needed to lean on others to process and grieve their loss. And they continue to need the love and understanding of their loved ones and of their fellow Americans, especially each year on the anniversary.
Songs, events and books showed support and gave strength to us, especially those affected the most. Monetary donations from across the world helped bring a measure of healing to individuals and businesses.
And each following year – remembering those lost and sharing memories remind us that we aren’t alone in reflecting on the tragedy of 9/11. Time alone does not heal, but with each other and God, healing can come.