As has been our tradition for the last six years, we stopped at a local cemetery and paid our respects to those who served our country. Even though we have finished school for this year, it’s important my daughter know why Memorial Day exists.
There were several families at the cemetery. In addition to reading the names, branch of service, years of birth/death and any battles fought in, my daughter and I talk about the day. Why we are free and anything unique we find on the headstones.
She asked me, “will I do this when I have a daughter?” I told her, I hope she continues this tradition with all her children. It’s so important to honor those who kept us free. She selected her graves, placed her pennies and I read the information about each veteran. She’s old enough to do that on her own, but it’s just part of our tradition.
I happen to love cemeteries. Not just for paying respects to those who reside there, but it’s full of history. I try to instill this in my daughter as well. There is much knowledge if we just look for it.
If you don’t participate in placing “pennies on the graves” and would like more information about it, you can read my previous post, here, as to why we do this.
Years ago, a friend told me about a practice of picking a new word to represent you through the upcoming year. Face it, resolutions are great for a few weeks and then our true nature breaks through and we revert back to our old habits. Ok, a few people stick with them, but the majority doesn’t.
I was one of those people. State your resolution, post how great you’re doing and then the topic suddenly stops coming up. That’s why I love picking a word to represent me. I honestly reflect on previous years. What has happened, how I handled things, who came into or left my life, etc.
All these words turned out to be extremely relative for the year they represent. With the new year only a few weeks away, it’s time to make the word selection that I will take into 2018. After careful consideration, the word I choose is,
In 2017, there have been new influences on how I view life. I have met some AMAZING people this year. I have received tremendous support. I have reflected on my life, up to this point and time. What does it come down to? Living a simple life. I have everything I need (except a cure).
Life really doesn’t need to be as complicated as we make it. I am as guilty of this as the next person. Simplifying how I choose to live will help declutter my mind and my life. A better devotion to Christ, realizing how important family is, having friends that support you are simple ways to have a very rich life.
There you have it: A SIMPLE recipe for the upcoming year.
Will you join me in selecting a word instead of making a resolution that you may or may not see through? Please comment with your word if this inspires you to follow suit.