PONDER THIS… Veteran’s Day, also historically known as Armistice Day is commemorated on November 11th, as the cessation of hostilities in WW1 which went into effect 103 years ago on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918.
On November 11th of each year, we honor all American Veterans of all wars for their sacrifices, patriotism, and willingness to serve for the greater good. A soldier knows there is no greater sacrifice than to lay down your life for another because that is what love of country means.
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” ---Abraham Lincoln.
The month of November has many golden opportunities to give back to others in need, whether they served or not. Without our Military, many bridges wouldn’t have been crossed. Everyone needs to STOP burning bridges. We can start with giving back a smile to people you meet. A simple smile might be the only gift a stranger receives this holiday season. Letting someone in a hurry go ahead of you. Paying for a cup of coffee or groceries for the person behind you in advance. Making a donation to a charity in need. Asking a senior if you can help them in some way.
Since the pandemic, with or without a mask, smiles are in higher demand now more than ever in our lifetime. You never know how priceless a smile is to another human being but the eyes know it. When helping hands reach out to another, it can make a sizeable difference. And it doesn’t have to cost any amount of currency.
Right now, thousands of people on earth within a radius of 100 miles or less are in need of a helping hand or just a smile. An instant smile or making a phone call can prevent some stranger from contemplating suicide – I know for a fact, this is true. Donating to charity to faces unknown is noble, but it’s the faces in your neighborhood from people who would never ask that may be more desperate than you know.
November is associated with Thanksgiving Day and giving thanks. It is the season to reflect and be mindful of those around you. Not everyone has family or reasons to be thankful or even a Thanksgiving meal. Gratitude goes beyond one day set aside to celebrate the holiday. The time to give thanks to our Veterans and honor those who served is more appreciated today than all the years from previous wars. It's the invisible people who are real, right in our country now who are suffering that needs hope. Prayer and gratitude go a long way. You just might be the reason why hope matters. Be thankful. Have gratitude. Be merciful. Give back ---blog post by Patricia Feager
More to Ponder...
"Whatever we believe about how we got to be the extraordinary
creatures we are today is far less important than bringing our intellect
to bear on how do we get together now around the world and get out of the mess
that we've made. That's the key thing now. Never mind how we got
to be who we are." ---Jane Goodall