How Memory Inspires You to New Heights! ~Memorial Day
The purpose of Memorial Day is to remember. But what’s the purpose of remembering?
- To give honor to brave people.
- To learn lessons from history, the good, bad and ugly of it all.
- To respect those who paid the ultimate cost with their blood
When you pause to remember, though, it’s not just to keep a mental record of the events of history.
When you pause to remember, you want the memory to change you… to touch you in some way that inspires you. You want the memory of the fallen men and women who served in our military to change you into a better man or woman.
Remembering the fallen soldiers and airmen and marines and sailors, the coast guard, the reserves, the guard… remembering those who gave their all… those who gave up any fame and any fortune and any future they might otherwise have enjoyed in their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, requires that you ask yourself hard questions:
- Do you have what it takes?
- Do you have courage?
- Do you keep yourself strong?
- Do you keep focused on your personal mission?
- Are you disciplined in your day and in the tactical elements of achieving your objectives?
- Are you willing to sacrifice for a cause you believe in?
If you’re like me, there’s a sense of human, ethical obligation to “be all you can be.” For me, that means not only asking the hard question, but actually and literally answering them.
So, on this Memorial Day, it seems appropriate, from the memory of those who have fallen, to lift myself to new heights of personal self-discipline and dedication. I purpose to make a difference, to make my life matter, for as long as I have breathe. Give me a pen and give me a voice… my personal sword in the battle.
That’s how I will honor their memory.
What does the purpose of remembering mean to you?