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charmed by choice, the blog has been a long thoughtful walk through choices. Ultimately, choices to be resilient.
Our family is one of the thousands of real life examples from this recession ...
we have experienced jobloss, mounting debt, property depreciation....
After spending some time hovering in the freak out mode...we have decided there is a choice to be made.
We can choose to stare at all that's challenging us,
or search and concentrate on all the incredible examples of resiliency.
Come along and be amazed at how many people live resiliently...
recovering finacially, emotionally, physically, spiritually...
We've all been told not to stare... but I invite you to stare at all that's resilient.
Let's be inspired and inspire each other.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

In HONOR of.... ultimate sacrifice

Signal the start of summer...
 pools opened, boats launched, lake homes homes readied for the season, barbecues in back yards, beach trips.... it must be Memorial Day week-end!  I must admit, those are my 1st thoughts.

But then there's the name of this glorious 3 day break from the regular routine and in our 4 season world here in southern MI, the starting gun to the summer season.

Memorial Day weekend has muddy roots, but came together as a declared national holiday May 5, 1868 and was first observed May 30, 1868.  It was initially a recognition day of those soldiers lost during the civil war.  After Word War 1 it became a day to honor those whom gave the ultimate sacrifice, those who lost their lives in any war.

It's intent is to honor the war dead.  This reminder caused  a  knee jerk response that I should feel guilty that I've had a nice break, enjoyed the beach and generally am excited to see summer come. 
I felt like the reminder of the intent behind the holiday should put me in a somber state.
Should I  be crying and praying for the families who lost loved ones?   Should I do something to somehow show respect for those who gave their lives so I can enjoy mine in a state of freedom?

Then it struck me.... they gave their lives so I can enjoy mine... if we see our country as the land of opportunity, where hard work is rewarded and enjoyment of freedom is honored, what better way to remember those heroes than to fully enjoy the weekend, because of the countless sacrifices made, we can enjoy freedom. 

Showing respect isn't necessarily about a somber day of remembrance, showing respect can be a true appreciation of our freedoms, enjoying our families, our landscape and thankfully, joyfully enjoying freedom.

Enjoy this day!  Remember our freedoms come at a cost and be thankful!

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