Although I have only had the opportunity to meet many of you virtually, you've come to feel like old friends to me so I wanted to share a more personal note on this day of remembrance.
I was at ground zero on September 11, 2001. It is hard to believe that 10 years has passed since that surreal day in New York City because there are times when it feels like yesterday. I was 23 years old and working on a bond trading floor in Four World Financial Center, which was connected to the Twin Towers via a land bridge. When the first plane hit, the trading day was well underway so we were all at our desks when we felt the impact of the first plane hitting but we assumed it was simply a tragic accident. When the second plane hit though we knew we were in danger and immediately evacuated the building into the commons just as the aftermath of the planes hitting began to unfold in front of us.
I'm sharing this now because that experience is ultimately what led me to create TATCHA. I learned on that day to stop focusing my energies on what I hope to accomplish in the future and instead be grateful for everything and everyone in my life today because every day is a gift. After 9/11 whenever I felt lost and ungrounded, I would instinctively return to Asia and sought comfort in studying ancient truths and the healing arts. Over the years, my journeys in Asia have not only healed me but renewed my faith in the abundance of beauty and goodness in this world.
TATCHA is my way of sharing the treasures I discover on my journey. The greatest treasures have without a doubt though been you.
With gratitude and prayers for the families who lost a loved one,