Neale Donald Walsch, author of the “Conversations with God” book series, said it best during an interview when he stated, “When your life feels as if it’s falling apart, it may just be falling together for the first time.” 

As we approach the ten year anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, I dedicate this article to the Moms of those lost on that horrific day. Should your child ask questions or appear impacted by the media, utilize the many resources available through our state and national websites created by mental health professionals. A shift in perspective can be offered through your actions, which often speak louder than words to our children. 

Regardless of our daily challenges of the perfect backpack and new school and sports schedules, perhaps this season we can reach out to a  “9/11 Mom” or any Mom in need. Recognize that we are all blessed and that a new season allows for a new perspective on our lives and our roles as mothers. How will we share ourselves with our children and families, despite hard times, modeling resilience in action as we “fall together.” The power we can yield in support of each other is a chance to offer our children a lesson in kindness. On my busy schedule, with notes and highlights, held loosely by the magnet on my refrigerator I will commit to schedule one simple act of kindness for another Mother. I ask you to do the same. Don’t get lost in the end of summer blues, in the hustle and bustle of life that can leave you exasperated feeling as though there are days that you are falling apart. Perhaps you are “falling together?”  I am asking that we fall together in a complete and compassionate act of service to others. Like the song “Blessings” by Laura Story, her lyrics ask the question “What if the trials in this life, are our mercies in disguise?”

Contributed by Cherie Castellano, LPC, Program Director, UMDNJ “Mom 2 Mom Program” 1-877-914-MOM2...MOM! (877-914-6662)