Memorial Monday

Memorial Day 2016…

Holidays are funny.

Once a holiday becomes established and celebrations become “regular” and expected — especially after they become federal holidays; you know they ones that mean a legal day off from work and usually some huge sales! — the celebration tends to be about the day off. And many people consider Memorial Day to be a 2nd Veterans Day where we offer veterans some extra appreciation and thank them for their service — our service. But none of those adaptations are what the day is all about — at least that’s not the way it started out.

Today is a day to remember — to reflect on — the men and women who actually died in the military service of our country, helping to preserve rights and liberties for us that a growing number of us don’t even really realize — or understand. The people whom we celebrate — or memorialize — today, we cannot thank for their service any longer.

So bear that in mind as you go through your day, as the commerce machine uses this occasion to help us save money on yet another good deal, just reflect from time to time on the deeper meaning of the day. I suppose in a bizarre way that having those crazy sales is one of the liberties that were preserved for us to enjoy… along with the specific liberties enumerated in the constitution, of course.

BE GRATEFUL for this day and the liberties you enjoy within it. Maybe do a little reading later, just to refresh you on what you’re truly being thankful for. Wikipedia will do — for a short refresher.

Take the liberty… of enjoying your liberties, and I’ll be back again soon.

Have an awesome day.

Kelvin Ringold

Born to John and Lora Ringold on October 24, 1953, grew up, went to school, graduated high school and joined the Air Force -- turned 18 in basic training. Did 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 1991. Moved to Syracuse, worked at University Hospital and retired from there at 55. During that 55 years... I learned some lessons, one of which is that LIFE is what we make it. I spend a major portion of my waking hours helping other people figure out the same thing. Life is what we make of it, and... "when you master your mindset, you master your life." That's my mission: living it, and teaching it.

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