Today is Memorial Day. A day to remember people who have lost their lives for the sake of freedom. Yet, today is different. Something seems radically different. A renewed sense of hope is emerging as the country slowly begins to open back up from the ravages of the global pandemic. Be cautious. Life is short. Every day is precious.
- Take time to reflect. Pay homage to veterans. Mourn with the families of nearly 100,000 who have lost loved ones over the past few months.
- Take time to connect. Most of us have had our lives turned upside down. Reach out to family and loved ones with a phone call. Order a surprise gift by mail. Write and send off a letter.
- Take time to enjoy. Stop and smell the flowers. Notice how many shades of yellow are in a daffodil. Count how many different trees you see in a park.
- Take time to listen. What types of sounds do you hear in the morning? Or, at night? Hear the birds chirp. Listen to the frogs. Hear the fire snap in the fire pit. Listen to the owl hoot far off in the distance.
- Take time to see. The leaves sway back and forth. The stars shine and sparkle. The clouds glide by.
We mourn together as a nation. Lay aside political views. Honor those who have lost their lives in service to our county. Let’s learn from past mistakes, so we can move forward together toward a new normal.
Be well, be safe!
Photo Credit: American Legion Hall. Clarksville, AR by Ruth Walton