May 30, 2021
Good morning friends. Tomorrow, Monday, May 31st is Memorial Day. It never ceases to amaze me how some Americans don’t know what this day represents. Let’s begin with some clarification. Armed Forces Day (May 15th) celebrated our military (active duty and reserve) members currently serving. Veterans Day (November 11th) celebrates all military members no longer serving our nation. Memorial Day means we honor, remember and pay tribute to our fallen heroes of the armed forces. Since the inception of this great nation, men and women have sacrificed themselves in order to defend our freedom and preserve our way of life. The ultimate sacrifice of these individuals, secures the free society we enjoy today. Cherish, respect, honor and memorialize their memories by standing up against tyranny, injustice and oppression. The brave men and women that represent our military are our line of defense in a world of disorder and aggression. It’s sad in today’s modern world, that individuals and countries strive to dominate others. When force or fear are utilized, it’s critical that our response it strong and powerful. Please join me in coming together in our celebration of these brave men and women and their heroic actions. Let’s enjoy, respect and cherish life. We celebrate this day (and every day) because of them.
Take a moment to consider the scope of duty, honor and loyalty our defenders of freedom provide for this land. I am humbled and saddened by the lives lost during conflicts since our nation was founded. Freedom is never free. Our military, and those that support their actions, provide us with a comfortable way of life. The defense of this great nation began with its inception during the fight for independence during Revolutionary War. Our nation continued its fight for freedom during the Civil War. The war between the states was a brutal and tragic struggle. The loss of Americans lives, from Northern and Southern states, is staggering and heartbreaking. Our fight to retain a free way of life continues to this day. World Wars, conflicts, battles and skirmishes across the globe have been unavoidable to keep us safe. While we pay tribute to our deceased military members, take a moment to reflect on their courage, valor and dedication. It takes a special individual, who is willing to protect our great nation. They know that taking an oath to defend our country, and donning the uniform, can place them in harm’s way. Their selfless actions assist in making the world a better place so all humans can coexist in peace.
We must always remain vigilant to individuals or nations who attempt to subvert, control or overthrow our freedom. Fear is a powerful weapon, often utilized to divide and oppress societies. What’s your greatest fear? I’m not referring to being scared of the dark, spiders or creepy crawling things. Is there something that is so frightening, it can keep you awake at night? You may know instantly or you may have to search the hidden recesses of your soul to discover what restrains, controls or prevents you from living your best possible life. Fear is an incredible force, manifested in the mind, that can deter or paralyze a person. It can be as simple as indecision, or a fierce or fantastic beast terrorizing you. Often, fear is fabricated from negative thoughts, that manifests itself as something dark and sinister. For many individuals, fear can be easily overcome or pushed aside. Others have a difficult time regaining positive thoughts enabling them to move forward. It may be an invisible fear you perceive, that controls your life and dictates your daily activities or forward progress. Ridding your life of fear has nothing to do with physical strength or endurance. It requires an undaunted mental capacity and strong will. This begins with faith, hope and a belief in good. Be grateful, happy and know you are capable of more than you realize. You (and your mind) are your only limitation. Believe in your power.
What are you most grateful for in your life? What’s your greatest strength? There are so many questions we should be seeking the answers to every day. How often do you actually take the time to reflect, or even care what the answers may be? Over the years, my life has become a journey of self-discovery. I wasted so much of my life on frivolous pursuits. I attribute some of that to being caught up in the speed of life. I became consumed by the daily hustle of racing from point A to point B and back again. I didn’t take the time to slow myself; so I could relax my mind or body. Many times on vacation, I believed I was slowing my pace or relaxing. In hind sight, I was still moving at warp speed. I’d typically spend a week getting my mind or body to comply, relax and detox. It requires a conscience effort to truly slow yourself (mind and body) to appreciate your surroundings. Here’s a tip, to accomplish this, find a quiet place to sit. Select a quiet space that isn’t necessarily prone to interference. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and begin by slowing your breathing. Let the thoughts release from your mind. Initially, this may seem odd or uncomfortable, Yes, it may take some effort. Try it once a week; then evaluate how you feel. In the beginning, getting inside yourself is never easy. Once you establish the ground work, it becomes a meditative endeavor of solitude and bliss.
I’ve often heard individuals say, “I wish I had more confidence, discipline and strength.” They speak about these traits like some illusive creature they are unable to capture. People read books, seek inspirational quotes and wisdom from a variety of exterior sources. These are great sources of education or motivation. In reality, we all possess these traits. They are built within each of us. The secret to harnessing these beasts is simple. Open your heart and soul to the endless possibilities of the universe. As you reside in the present, allow your spirit to visualize your dreams and future. Believe in yourself. Don’t allow fear to creep into your mind, create indecision or stop your forward progress. Love yourself and be happy with you. Make a plan and work to achieve your desires. These powers completely within your control. Don’t listen to outside sources that work to disrupt or influence you with negativity. You have the ability to shut these fools off by focusing on all the good, in your life and the world. When you take time to focus on life, we have much to be thankful and grateful for every day. The next step is up to you.
As we remember our fallen military heroes, let us also make this a celebration of life. It’s time we unite to honor all our heroes, as we honor our great nation. I’m grateful for each new sunrise and the opportunities it brings. We have a unique and special gift of choice. I choose to be happy and positive. I seek new adventures, experiences and love. It’s a simple and satisfying decision my friends. Don’t get caught up in drama, ego, hatred or negativity. Be kind to all people. You never know when you will expect it in return. Say a prayer for those who aren’t coming home. Their sacrifice, service and valor provides our freedom and peaceful way of life. Without these individuals, life in our nation would be very different. Stay well, while you work hard to achieve your dreams, visions and desires. Life is truly a gift. Live your passion and stay healthy. Follow your dreams. They know the way.
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!