I’m going to take a slightly different twist on the Simple Abundance journey this week. Throughout the book, there has always been an emphasis on going within and being authentic.
Taking time to be introspective is often encouraged. This week gives us an opportunity to do exactly that! Remembrance Day offers us the chance to count our lucky stars that we all had the good fortune to find ourselves in this country, either by birth or choice. And most importantly it offers us the chance to express gratitude to those who have paid the highest price for our good fortune. But, although I’m sure to be preaching to the converted, there are still an awful lot of folks who just don’t get it.
Thursday is not a day to get the deck stained. It’s not a day to clean out the garage or get the snow tires on. But you can still do all of those things … just wait until the afternoon. In our school division they’ve given us Friday as a PD day … and I’ve heard more than one person referring to the 4-day weekend. Please can we make it a 3.5 day weekend? Please?
I can’t imagine that people actually don’t care. I think the whole mess with the Eddie Bauer “Remembrance Day Sale” was just a cultural-divide thing. They really didn’t mean any harm, and will think twice in the future. We can’t really ask for more. I have a sneaking suspicion though. I wonder if the reason some people don’t take Remembrance Day as seriously as I do is that it’s too painful for them to consider at all. Better no emotion than a sad one. That’s what I’m going to tell myself anyway. Because life in a place where people can’t take the time to be grateful for their amazingly safe, abundant and free lives, is something I can’t consider at all.
So, what will I do about this? I will remember them. I will wear a poppy with pride. And when it falls off, I will buy another one. And another one. And I will go to the cenotaph. And I will teach “In Flanders Fields” to my kids. I will make sure they know that Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach were more than just places.
And I will make sure THEY get it.