It’s pretty embarrassing. The way we seem to get the holidays connected to our military all mixed up. It’s about 4:30 on MEMORIAL DAY 2015, and I have already heard at least half a dozen folks yelling “HAPPY Memorial Day!” Or, as happened a few minutes ago, a sincere man coming up to Robert and me–and shaking the hand of Robert (retired Army), exclaiming, “Thank you for your service!” And while good-natured, neither response is actually appropriate.
Memorial Day, of course, is a day set aside for paying tribute to and remembering, with thanksgiving, all those who gave their lives while serving our country in the military.
Here’s a great little article explaining the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day:
And here’s a beautiful photo essay about Memorial Day:
Meaningful, Appreciative Memorial Day to you all today!
Sometimes I am a bit slow, so today when I looked at my calendar, it hit me: THE HOLIDAYS ARE ALMOST UPON US! Now, I realize that all the Halloween candy, as well as the Christmas songs already pumping at the malls, should have alerted me, but they didn’t.
Thanksgiving. Is. Two. Weeks. From. Thursday.
This year, I truly desire to Appreciate and Experience and Enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas a bit more slowly and reflectively than in years past.
So I’m brushing off an affirmation/prayer that I wrote a few years back. And I invite you to try out my Affirmative, Declarative statement about the coming weeks:
“Our Holiday Season 2014 will be marked (and remembered) by peals of liberating laughter; jubilant joy; feel-so-good health; demonstrated appreciation of friendship; family fun; and an ever-increasing abundance of all things we consider GOOD.”
Say it out loud and see how it feels to you. Then let’s prophesy a Joyful Season ahead. I challenge you!