Tonight, and hopefully every night, if you are safely in a warm home, free from danger and oppression, and know where your family members are…please allow for one quiet moment of gentle reflection and gratitude for those things. There are many forces at work in this cosmos, seen and unseen, known and unknown, that are working to keep things in this balance for all of us. Much blood has been shed; many lives sacrificed, and many personal dreams forfeited for the rest of mankind, so that we might enjoy the simple freedoms and everyday safety we take for granted.
The best way to show our appreciation is in giving back to those who serve us in the provision of this security and safety. Find some time to visit with a Veteran, plan to attend a Veteran’s Day remembrance ceremony in your town, visit a cemetery, DISPLAY a FLAG, teach a young child about courage, or just find some time to unplug from the iPhone and appreciate the peace and beauty of the day — be grateful it isn’t a scenario surrounding you as in Kandahar or someplace. Find a way to send a buck, donate items, or just your time to Wounded Warriors or Blue Star Mothers. Google “Veteran’s Day” and follow some really amazing links to learn more.
Thank someone for what you have today…
CJ and Morguie
©2013, C.S. Thompson.
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