29 May 2012
Here in the United States it is Memorial Day; a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This collective act of commemoration began after the American Civil War, in which it is estimated 750,000 soldiers died. No one knows the number of civilian casualties.
No matter where you live, your citizenship, or your country of birth, taking the time to reflect upon those who’ve contributed to your life is wise. Some of those people you know personally. My dad did serve in the U.S. Armed Forces as a Marine in the 1940s during World War II. Because of that experience and the educational opportunity that the United States made available to returning servicemen, he went from being a poor boy raised on the farm in Kansas to a man well-respected in his chosen industry. A man who applied himself in such a manner that his widow, my mom, is financially secure in these last years of her life. That was important to him. He worked diligently over a span of decades to provide that for her.
Someone close to you in time, or back further where they are only a name to you, made decisions that impacted your life profoundly. More than likely they were not thinking about the trail they were leaving as they made their day-by-day decisions. We are doing similarly.
Today, this week, thank someone. Face-to-face is still the best method of delivery, though use any method of communication that gets the “thank you” delivered.
“A short note sent is better than a long letter intended.”
While you are being thankful, remember that your life is impacting the others surrounding you and many off in the future. This is a foundational reason for applying mental and emotional energies to discovering your best self.
The principles, the knowledge, and the encouragement sent to you each Monday morning is all about your having the tools and support for living the memorial life your heart desires.