Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Should Be Every Day

Call me a sap, but every Memorial Day I feel such great love for my country, and those who have served to protect us. My father was a Navy man. I love to look at pictures of him in his uniform. I'm remined today of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for us. We shouldn't have to have a day to remind us. Every day, we should remember those in the Military, and their families.

From the time I was in elementary school, I've cried when the flag passes by. My emotions get the best of me when I see soldiers carrying the flag in a parade, or scouts posting the colors at the Court of Honor. Patriotic songs REALLY get to me. Each year I would teach my fourth graders all of the patriotic songs, and then bawl when they sang them. It reaches somewhere into my soul that I can't explain.

I love my country. It saddens me to see the type of leadership that makes decisions regarding its care. Give me the Constitution anyday.

Thank you to all of you who have served our country. Thank you Dad for instilling in me the love for the flag and the USA. We truly are blessed each day.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Why do want, what we can't have?

Despite being totally exhausted today, I have wondered why we can't always have what we want? In a perfect world wouldn't it be great to always get what we wanted? I say this, meaning within reason...what you want. For instance, my wish list would include great kidneys, enough money to be able to go where I want, more beautiful grandchildren, and a romantic and caring man.

Now I ask you...does that sound unreasonable? Just once in awhile, I wish one of my dreams could come true. This last month, I did get one of my wishes; a beautiful new grand-daughter. As I held her today, I marveled at how perfect she is, her beautiful complexion, her sweet little lips, her fine baby hair. She is a wish come true.

But back to my personal wishes. I wish there was a way to take your body to a body shop, and get brand new tires. In my case, I would pull up, and get a new set of kidneys. That would be awesome! I quess my challenge is to find what I want, in what I have.

Duke Ellington said; "A problem is a chance for you do to your best." That is the secret to facing trials and adversities, and coming out a stronger and better person for it. I just read a book titles, "Peaks and Valleys" by Dr. Spencer Johnson. In it he refers to our low times as valleys, and our better times as peaks. When we are in our valleys, we want to come out of them having grown stronger, and better for the experience. That way, when we reach our peaks, we can appreciate them all the more.

In other words, less time in the valley, and more time on the peak will make us happier. Perhaps then we can look back and see that we really have gotten what we wanted. I once heard someone say that a bend in the road is not the end of the road...unless you fail to make the turn.

I for one, am not about to miss the turn. I've ran off the road a few times, but that isn't going to keep me from moving forward. Yes, there are things I wish I had. Things I wish I could change. But the biggest change I can make is in myself. Remember this, that "every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time." ~Og Mandino