Happy Memorial Monday!
Remember, Honor, Give Thanks
An anonymous quote says, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Memorial Day is, of course, an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. It is unclear where exactly this tradition began; some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day celebrations was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
What do you think of when you think of “Memorial Day”? Barbecues on the deck, trips to the cabin, family get togethers, the Indie 500, permission to wear white jeans or shoes, planting flowers in pots? Like any holiday, the original purpose gets a little muddied with traditions and activities that we come to know and love. There’s really not a wrong way to observe Memorial Day. Truly the point of this holiday is remembering and giving thanks, to those who have served our country and served others.
Even when we gather together with family and friends, talking about our great country and the freedoms we have could never be a wasted conversation. It is a perfect time for reminders to ourselves and to our families that we live in this beautiful nation because of the bravery of so many that have gone before us, and so many that even today defend our country’s strength and freedom.
It may not feel like we are free to do as we please today, during our social restrictions. But like anything, we can focus on the negatives – what we cannot do, or we can focus on the positives – what we CAN do and find joys in that.
Begin with thanks, and remember.
It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude; it’s gratitude that brings us happiness.
Namaste’ to you and yours