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Kindness and charity one gift at a time.

Archive for the category “Holidays”

A New Nation

We must always be willing to say with the patriots:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

~ The Declaration of Independence 1776

Home of the Brave

Gratitude

Tropical Storm Beryl brings rain after the holiday weekend.

Never Forget to Say Thanks!

Memorial Day – Decoration Day

To all our Veterans and those who serve to keep us free.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Believe

Some things have to be believed to be seen.  ~ Ralph Hodgson

Gratitude in a Bah Humbug World

Some things have to be believed to be seen.  ~ Ralph Hodgson

I live near the beach and have the wonderful choice of stopping by each day to see the sky, feel the wind and hear the surf roll over the sand. It is paradise, even on the cold, blustery days and especially on those warm sunny days when the breeze is balmy, the surf is gentle and the sun is warm on your face.

I am grateful for the living; for the chance to walk each day along the shore and listen to the birds calling, watch the pelicans diving from on high and calm my mind.  There is a new perspective after walking the beach, the endless lists of gifts to buy, the stressful schedule, the crowded stores, they fall away and leave the peace of gratitude behind. I listen to the inner voice, the loving grateful voice that reminds me of the many blessings in my life. Health, family, friends and work all are mine, to cherish and rejoice.

Serenity restored it’s time to return but oh how thankful I am, the cure for the Bah Humbugs is found and it is good.

Remember ALL who serve.

Focussing on kindness and charity to others causes the inner critic to see the world from a different perspective. Asking our egos to look out for others is a challenge for most of us. During this holiday weekend, let us remember the folks at home while we recognize the commitment our service men and women are making on our behalf.  “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  JFK’s words should be remembered this weekend and everyday. We live in the greatest nation with the greatest freedom available. We enjoy our “rights” because there are those who serve our country to ensure those rights are available to all.

"Thy banners make tyrannies tremble, when born by the red, white and blue."

For every person serving in the Armed Forces, there are many “support personnel” located within our borders who sacrifice on our behalf.  Please remember the families, the parents, the sisters, brothers, Aunts and Uncles of our servicemen. Remember the children waiting patiently for their Dad or Mom to be their leader in Scouts or coach their sports team.  We no longer have the draft, we have volunteers who choose their service to country and countrymen. We remember those who sacrificed their lives, remembering their goal was to preserve our freedom and provide freedom for other nations around the world.  Please remember all who serve, both here and abroad, both active and retired, and all the families who support their efforts and pray for their safety.  Memorial Day is a day to honor all our citizens who serve for our greater good and a day for pride in our country.

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