Today is Memorial Day . . . a day of sober awareness for the valiant men and women who served this country, and for far too many who paid the ultimate price to preserve and sustain our freedom. This is a day of profound expressions of gratitude. This is a day not only for remembering . . . but never forgetting! On an upper shelf separating our dining room from our living room resides two wood boxes containing the military burial flags of my father and my wife’s father, who both served in WWII. My father also served in the Korean War. We have placed these flags in what we consider a place of honor. We remember our fathers not only for their military service, but for the countless other ways they made a difference in our lives. When we see those flags . . . we remember the full length and breadth of lives well lived.
I can’t help but ask myself, “What difference am I making in the lives of others?” There are so many ways to make a difference if we but only make the effort. Inside each of us lay the seeds of accomplishment, and are capable of great things. These seeds of greatness are nourished by time, persistence, passion, and a lot of sweat. My father and father-in-law, as well as numberless others served so that we could fulfill the measure of our personal creation under the flag of freedom. We honor them when we face the headwinds of adversity and keep moving forward, upward, even if it appears to be new, uncharted territory . . . we keep climbing higher until we reach the summit of success.
We can do this together!
Let’s get started!