Memorial Day Monday – May 25 – Memories and Gratitude

For some reason, when I tried to publish this post last night, I got a weird WP error message saying, “Are you sure you want to do that?”–so I wasn’t able to publish this in time for Memorial Day!

 

But anyway, yesterday was Memorial Day in the USA as we remembered all those who have served (and are serving) our country in the military, especially those who died during their service.

 

Fortunately, none of the people I know personally have lost their lives while serving in the military, but my thoughts and prayers go out to all those family members and friends who have lost loved ones who died while defending our country.

 

In memory and thanks to my parents and all who have served/are serving in the military.

In memory and thanks to my parents and all who have served/are serving in the military.

My parents served in Korea in the 1950s; Mom in the Air Force and Dad in the Army. I honored their memory yesterday. Even though their earthly remains reside in the Veterans Cemetery in New Hampshire, I know their spirits are alive and well in their heavenly home.

 

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So for Memorial Day, I thought  I would share a few quotes from The Quote Garden about Memorial Day.

 

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We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.

~Francis A. Walker

 

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How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

~Maya Angelou

 

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For love of country they accepted death..”

~James A. Garfield

 

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The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”

~Benjamin Disraeli

 

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And I’m proud to be an American,

where at least I know I’m free.

And I won’t forget the men who died,

who gave that right to me.”

~Lee Greenwood

 

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They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.

~Henry Ward Beecher

 

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Military king-size quilt I made for a marine!

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What about you?

 

 Did you serve, are you serving, or do you know someone who served or is serving in the military?

Super Racing Sunday – May 24 on Kindness, Compassion, and Circles of Friends

I grew up in New Hampshire, only about 45 minutes or so from Loudon, the location of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Of course, way back in those days, it was known as Bryar Motorsports Park, and the Bryar family attended our church. I even had a crush on Mr. Bryar’s  son who was his namesake, but I was not a race fan at that time.

 

Me looking around NHMS early before the NASCAR race on 9-23-12.

Me looking around NHMS with binoculars early before the NASCAR race on 9-23-12.

 

THEN, in 2002, as a divorced middle-aged woman, I met David Banks through online dating. Things went well for us, I moved to Maine (where he has always lived), and we married in 2006. Dave has been a racing fan most of his life and I became one after getting together with him; we went to my first NASCAR race back in NH in September 2012. It was thrilling!!

 

Now, this weekend every year has a full schedule of racing, including a few different racing divisions, from F1 Grand Prix racing in Monaco, to IndyCar racing at the Indianapolis 500, to NASCAR night racing with 600 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The NASCAR pre-race activities will also include honoring our military members; in addition, each driver has a deceased military member’s name on the car, to honor their memory and service.

 

These are some of the aspects of NASCAR that really impress me–they honor our military, they have someone sing the national anthem and pray before every race, and they are very family-oriented. The drivers have never had a strike to complain about contracts or wages. In fact, many of the biggest names in the sport sponsor charities, donate large amounts of money, and even give away their winnings at times to charitable causes or to help during times of disaster or tragedy. It seems many of them have learned to extend kindness and compassion to those in need.

 

In fact, the NASCAR organization as a whole puts a lot of emphasis on taking care of everyone within their circle, including drivers, crews, families, friends, fans, and all those associated with the sport. This was highlighted again recently with the NASCAR community’s tribute last month (April 2015) to long-time FOX sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who passed away only two days later after losing his battle with cancer.

 

Discussing these these things reminded me of this blog post I wanted to share today, an older one from one of my other blogs, on the topics of kindness, compassion, and our circles of friends.

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What an important concept this is not only for the sake of friendship and socialization, but also for networking and professional growth.

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“I believe we need to have what I call ‘divine connections.’ In other words, pray about your circle of friends. Don’t just decide what social group you want to be part of and then try to get into it.

Instead, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in choosing with whom you want to associate closely.

Pray: Lord, I ask You to bring the right friends into my life. Give me wisdom to know whom to welcome into my circle of friends. Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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As a person who works from home and doesn’t get out much, it can get lonely at times, since my immediate family (daughters, son, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, granddaughters, sisters and their families, and brother) and the majority of my long-time friends, all live out of state (since I moved from New Hampshire to Maine about 12 years ago).

 

That’s why I’m thankful for the “circles of friends” God has drawn me to, in my various online communities, on Facebook and elsewhere. I appreciate the friendship, networking, sharing of personal and professional interests, and genuine support and compassion demonstrated by most members of these different circles of friends.

 

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How about you?

 

Do you enjoy some specific circles of friends who contribute to your personal and professional growth?

 

Solutions Saturday – May 23 – Initiate Solutions for New Beginnings

Happy Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend! How is yours going so far?

 

 

I have to brag on my hubby, who is actively demonstrating his love and commitment to me and our marriage by taking on all the household tasks and errands I can’t do while I’m recuperating from surgery.

 

He’s even going the extra mile (or 2 or 3) by doing some de-cluttering and implementing some DIY solutions for issues around the house, such as making a gate on hinges between the kitchen and livingroom to keep the dogs contained where I can see them from where I’m camped out in our bedroom. And vice versa, when I’m ready for a change of scenery and decide to sit in the livingroom, I can close the gate to this end of the house and keep the dogs with me in the livingroom.

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So with this focus on finding solutions to whatever life may throw at us (such as my current situation), I’d like to share an older post from another blog of mine.

On solutions and new beginnings:

Initiating solutions–causing the process or action of finding answers to a problem or situation to begin–is often necessary when we need to make changes or a fresh start for some reason.

 

Learning from our mistakes also comes into play here, because it’s all too easy to get hung up on past mistakes or missed opportunities, and allow that negative energy to affect us so much that we get discouraged and feel like we’re hopeless cases.

 

Instead, as this quote says, we should consider yesterday’s mistakes as lessons learned, and use them to help us appreciate each new day and take advantage of the fresh start.

 

I have struggled for more years than I care to recall with the feeling that if I didn’t accomplish a certain goal “on schedule” (by my pre-determined timeline or “To Do” list), it meant I had failed for that day, week, or month. Rather than shaking off the negative feeling, I often allowed the downward spiral to continue so I felt more and more miserable about myself, resulting in self-condemnation.

 

The idea that “every day is a new beginning” – or that we can even have a new beginning in the same day, if the morning got away from us, for example – is a refreshing revelation.

 

An additional concept about beginning at the beginning to change course and pursue purpose with new incentive and determination is the importance of writing your plan and referring to it. I know not everyone who reads my blog shares the same beliefs in God, but some of these principles are still worth considering, whether you want to attribute them to God or reference another “Higher Power” beyond yourself.

 

If you have been asking God to lead you in the way  you should go,

you will have a sense of purpose building in you.

You can ask Him to help you plan your day, your week, and your life.

I encourage you to write down the things

that God imprints on your heart to do.

Writing the vision, and placing it where you can routinely see it,

will help settle the plan God puts inside of you.”

Joyce Meyer

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So who’s with me?  Let’s make a fresh start together in pursuing our respective purpose in our lives!

Whether you trust God or another “Higher Power”  for help along the way, or grasp the principles of the Laws of Attraction and speak positive affirmations over your life, today can be a new beginning on the path to pursue your purpose.