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.
Most people see only what’s right there in front of them. They are surprised or fearful of what is coming toward of them. They avoid looking at what happened in the past or in some cases dwell in past events where they were miserable and then project those negative feelings onto their possible future. They focus is on themselves and avoid looking around.
Give Thanks every morning to the Creator for allowing you to enjoy another beautiful day. If your time is coming to a close, give thanks for the time you had to love and be loved. Cherish the warm sun on your face everyday. Savor all that nature has to offer: feel the wind on your skin, smell the fragrances of different flowers in a meadow, watch the leaves from a tree dance in the wind, listen to the birds sing or water trickling down a stream, taste the sweet juices from freshly picked fruit and enjoy the sunset at the end of another beautiful day.
Give thanks to those who have shown you kindness when your need was strong. Help a stranger in need, no matter how small the deed and expect nothing in return.
Give thanks every evening to the Creator for giving you another spectacular day and know the promise of tomorrow is always there.
~ Apt-2-Art ~
(These writings are methods that were helpful to me on my life path and I wanted to share them with you. I am not a healthcare professional nor a physician and I do not prescribe any course of mental health treatment. Please feel free to share or re-post acknowledging apt2art.net)
“Focus Within On Positive Thoughts To Start The Flow”
Focus on your positive thoughts and/or feelings and bring them to your center. Try to stay focused and centered on all things that are right in your life no matter how small. When you are calm and at peace with your own inner thoughts you will begin to radiate an invisible light. A light that people who are open and ready to receive will see and feel the warmth of that light. Continue reading →
Not everyone has a place to sleep.
Not everyone has food to eat.
Not everyone has a blanket to bundle up with.
Not everyone has family to be with.
Reach out and Give Thanks for what you do have and share it with someone who does not.