Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year happened June 20th here in So. California. So far the weather is warm and humid with occasional rain and thunder. All in all a great day to get out and enjoy the day – nothing special, just a great day. I hope your summer days are enjoyable too!
Remember to give thanks to those around you. You can give a smile, a thank you, a cup of coffee, a bag of groceries, an extra tip, or a pair of shoes when out and about. Spend time at home with family if you can or have a long conversation with a friend who lives far away. Be thankful – be kind!
We may not be able to gather together throughout the holidays this year, but we can still connect with each other in various ways.
Make a call, send a card, video chat with family and friends, shop together on-line, share your book or movie review, send a message via carrier pigeon if feasible. There are so many ways to connect with one another these days.
Check up on each other and share a smile together. Be the ray of sunshine to someone struggling to move out of the dark. Reach out and connect.
This year has been a challenge for everyone of us. WE can no longer ignore the issues around our world. WE are responsible for the health of our planet. WE are responsible for our inhabitants. WE ALL have something positive to give. WE ALL can make a difference and WE CAN change the world for the better. WE are all human beings.
The Red Remembrance Poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel lost in battle. It represents a common or feield popy (Papaver Rhoeas) inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Field” by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. After the fir public use, and campaign for their use, by Moina Michael, the popy was initially adopted by the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers killed in WWI (1914-1918).
Take a moment to think about what Memorial Day really means when gathering with family and friends. Remember all military and non-military service personnel who serve and give thanks – today and everyday.