Today I give thanks to our Veterans. All those in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Reserves who give all or part of their lives to serve our country. I remember images of soldiers dressed in uniform, wars fought throughout the years, and men and women who were dedicated to protect and bring peace in our world.
However, war is never kind to anyone. Some of our soldiers come home with scars on all levels of their being. The pain of injury and disfigurement, emotional challenges of trying to live a "normal" life after spending time breathing dirt and sand, losing friends, and holding unwanted thoughts and trauma deep in their memory.
Today honor the humans that our Veterans are. The mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, who live beside us holding the pain of their service as well as the honor of serving.
Many Blessings of Peace to You All!
I saw this picture and reflected on all I was touched by in just one day. The gentle breeze of the autumn air turning cold on my skin, the colorful shower of leaves upon my head, the harshness of cars speeding past on my walk down a country road, the seatbelt across my chest, warm water, the hug of a grateful stranger, the beauty of the day, the voices of those I love, music that stirs my soul, the smell of veggies cooking, fresh squeezed oranges, siamese cat purring on my lap, delicious roasted veggies, tea that was too hot, ouch, and heart touched by a film about a young boy whose father died in 9/11.
When I suffered with physical pain, at times it seemed like a butterfly would be too much touch. The emotional pain of loss, not being heard, betrayal, a difficult diagnosis, or the joy of new birth, love, and friendship has an effect on my heart. The way I think about things can touch me with fear or open all the doors of possibility. My spirit is touched with wonder at all the ways my being experiences each day.
Reflect on your experiences today and notice all that touches you. Tell me how you are touched by your day. Blessings of peace & healing to you... Caron