A Day to Open our Hearts and Forget Our Strife

As Thanksgiving is right around the corner it is time for that classic be thankful thanksgiving post. However, I feel at this time being thankful is taking on a whole new meaning… At least it is for me.

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There is a lot of strife, hurt, anger, stress, and uncertainty all over the world. The masses are scared of what the future holds. The suffering that occurs on all levels is immeasurable, depressing, and it leaves many without hope.

It is not a single incident that has left many feeling helpless, but numerous and it is impossible to name them all. There is terror in the streets of Paris, Beruit, the Middle East, America, and in so many other places. The world is packed with fear. There is stress, fear, and uncertainty among those trying to make the best decisions for their countries, for those seeking refuge, and for those who are searching for ways to create safety for all. There is helplessness and fear among the physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. There is loss and mourning among many every day. There is bullying. There is stress to be perfect, to be successful, to be the best.

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Depressing Right?

With every bit of suffering there is hope in this world. There is always someone who cares. There are people all over trying to find solutions, giving aid, and fighting against the hurt. There is hope among the fighters, those who go against the odds, and those that don’t ever give up. Where ever there is hate there is someone around the corner waiting to give love. It is important to remember that amongst all of this hurt and strife there is  good all around us, and there are those that really do have the best of intentions.

What does this have to do with Thanksgiving?

Everything. Thanksgiving is a time to spread joy to the world. It is a time to focus on what we DO have instead of what we don’t. Embrace what is important to you. Recognize and appreciate what keeps you going and what keeps you strong whether it is family, friends, faith, something else, or all of the above.

Thanksgiving is the day we step back and remove ourselves from the strife and pain. Forget the stress for the day. It isn’t about the materials you have, how clean your house is, or how well seasoned the Turkey is. Just relax and take in the joy of being around those you love. Do something for someone else, find the beauty in the world around us. The beauty is there even in the bleakest of times.

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If it is just for this day then at least for this day put aside your strife, uneasiness, stress, pressure, anger, and sadness. Instead for this one day open your heart and mind, and see the hope that this world has to offer us.

❤ RK

 

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Veterans Day — Thank You

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“The Willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country, has earned them our lasting gratitude” ~ Jeff Miller

Veterans Day is a day of parades, flying flags, and ceremonies that take place to honor those who do what most of us can’t. Those who experience life in a way that most of the general public could never imagine, and to honor and remember those that never got to come home.

Veterans Day is a day of thanks. It is a thank you to those who don’t receive it enough. It is a thank you to those who serve today, those who served yesterday, and those who are no longer with us.

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free” ~ Dan Lipinski

Originally this day was created to celebrate the ending of World War I. It was a day of celebration of peace. In 1954 that day changed to Veterans Day to celebrate all of those who have served in the Armed Forces for our nation

These brave men and women go when they are called with no qualms or questions and sacrifice for the common good.

This day isn’t about being a Democrat or a Republican. It isn’t about agreeing on going to war or not going to war. It isn’t about the decisions that have been made for this country. It is to honor those who go above and beyond to serve. Those who selflessly put the life of a stranger before their own, and don’t think twice about it. Today is about their courage.

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So today, don’t hesitate to say thank you.

Look to all military branches: Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps and take the time to appreciate all that they do.

“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” ~Judd Greg

Honor all those who served.

❤ RK