As November rolls around I am reminded of the heavy sacrifices others have made so we
can live the way we do. Not only are the sacrifices born by those who serve in whatever form they are asked. The sacrifices are born by their families, as well.
Each person who runs towards danger, makes life and death decisions to defend us, does all this work to make the world a better place so we don’t have to face the inhospitable conditions they do.
As I reflect, I am reminded that they may be a sister or brother, a mother or father. Perhaps they are a best friend.
So I ask you to take a few minutes to do three things this month, especially on Remembrance Day.
1) Write what you are grateful for that others have provided on your behalf. Think of those who you might not even think to thank. Take the time to thank them in a prayer, letter or whatever form works for you.
2) Take one focused minute of silence and stillness at 11am on November 11th.
3) Make a point to attend a Remembrance Day parade and really look at the people in the parade. Thank them. Honour them. If you see anyone in the audience in uniform or with someone who is, thank them both as when one is serving, the other holds them in their heart. See the strength in them both.