Honoring Veterans

Veteran’s Day is quickly approaching. November 11th marks a day when we can take a moment to reflect, remember, and honor those that have served our country.

These brave souls have risked everything including their lives to fight for our freedom. I wish I could thank every one of them in person. If I see someone in public wearing a Veteran cap, I always make sure to thank them.

What I Would Like to Tell a Veteran

There is so much that I would love to say to every brave soul that was courageous enough to fight for our country, our rights, and our freedom.

I would like to thank you for your bravery, and for risking it all for the freedom that we all share. We owe it to you for keeping our country safe and for the rights that we have every day. No sacrifice goes unnoticed. You may have left your jobs, your home, your family, and everything that you had in order to leave and fight for us.

You are an extremely brave and selfless individual to put everything on the line and continues to fight without knowing what the outcome will be. Your dedication and persistence to stand up and fight for what you believe is worth every acknowledgment.

Loved Ones

My cousin served in the marines for many years and my late grandfather served in the army. Both of these family members had a huge passion for being able to fight for our country. I have thanked my cousin over and over again. My grandfather sadly passed away before I was born, however, I thank him in my prayers. 

I also have a few friends that have served in the military.

Salute

If you have a moment, please reflect for a minute or two on this special day to honor those that fought to keep us all safe, for those that risked their lives, and for those that sadly lost theirs. Veterans and those currently serving are heroes in this world and your bravery does not go unnoticed.

 From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

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Like a Sponge

Our brains are wired to take in everything around us like a sponge. We absorb so much from other people and our surroundings. What we hear and see daily has a great impact on our well-being.

The spoken words of others have so much impact and meaning to us. Good or bad, they either make or break us and these words are often kept with us for a very long time, if not for life. I can recall so many times certain words were said to me, and I have kept them close whether I wanted to or not.

I remember a good amount of my childhood and young adult life, I remember most of the kind things that were told to me as well as the things that broke my heart. The power of other people’s words is beyond measure. Words live with us, they become part of us.

I remember when I was younger and moved to a new school where I knew no one other than my sister who was there with me. I remember sitting in class taking in my new surroundings, trying to focus on my teacher and the many new faces surrounding me. One of the other girls in my class came over to me after the lecture ended and she said “Hi, I am Kylie (not her real name), I am your new best friend.” We laughed and I felt such a sense of peace knowing that someone had my back, especially during such an intimidating time of changing schools and leaving everything that I knew behind. These kind words will never leave my mind.

Some of the words that stay with us are not only spoken but written. I have been blogging for a few years and I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me to hear your comments. My whole day is made when I hear comments like “this resonates with me,” “I feel the same way,” “this helped me so much,” or “thank you for the insightful post.” Your kind words mean so much to me and are a huge motivation, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The moral of this story is that our words have a great impact on other individuals, and we should choose them wisely, for they may stick with someone for a lifetime. Do you have any words that have stuck with you over the years? I would love to hear them!