I found this image online today. I am reminded that Veterans Day is tomorrow, November 11. This day always comes out of the blue, kind of sneaks up on me. Some friends have the day off, others are working. I’m working. I feel a little sad that there isn’t more happening to honor the men and women that serve and have served our country. Perhaps those events are just not on my radar screen. The bigger question is, even if they were top of mind for me, would they be a priority?
What I am reminded of today is that one of my brothers is a veteran and one is active duty. Every time they have been deployed overseas there is a tangible constriction in our family. We’re all so very proud of their commitment and desire to serve to protect our freedom, and at the same time, scared of what that commitment really means. That they are willing to risk their lives to preserve ours. The depth of my love for my brothers and their fellow service members also cultivates a deep respect and knowing that it’s my job to make the most of this freedom they work so hard to defend.
So, what does freedom mean? What is Veteran’s Day about? Here’s what some quick and dirty online research revealed:
Freedom: The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. The quality or state of being free: as. a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.
Purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month a cease fire was proclaimed. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Excerpt from the proclamation declaring 11/11 as Veteran’s Day: ”Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and…”
What shall we do with this freedom? As Moshe Dayan states, “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul”. Today of all days honor and nurture what feels right in your soul. Today, I will call my brothers and share my gratitude. I will grant myself freedom from negative thinking and speaking. I will see previous limitations as opportunities for growth and discovery…even if just for one day.
How will you exercise your freedom muscle?