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Give Thanks For Your Freedom

Memorial Day in the United States, is a day to remember the sacrifices that brave men + woman made to bring freedom to this country.

Growing up as the daughter of a Navy veteran, I was taught to have immense gratitude for the freedoms that we so easily take for granted.

My late father was a World War II Air-Sea Rescue pilot who helped to save those who were shot down in the Pacific Ocean. He was a hero to many, and especially to me. I lost him when I was 27.

unnamedWhen I volunteer in my son’s kindergarten class, I can barely get through The Pledge Of Allegiance without tearing up. Seeing a group of 5-year-olds embody joy, love and freedom, so purely, gives me hope for our future.

And my hope always seems to comes back to“liberty and justice for all.” 

So no matter where you are in the world, I hope you’ll take a moment and give thanks for the freedoms you enjoy every day in your own life.

Your freedom to think.
Your freedom to love.
Your freedom to choose.
Your freedom to live a joyous life.

I hope you’ll continue to choose love over fear.

I hope you’ll continue choose compassion over hate (towards yourself + others).

I hope you’ll continue to be brave in your own life, as you celebrate all of the freedoms that you were born knowing.

I hope you’ll honor those who made sacrifices, so you could live a better life.

I hope you’ll give thanks today and every day for the freedom that rings within you and all around you.

Have a wonderful week wherever you are in the world.

Feel free to leave a comment below + let me know what freedoms you are thankful for today.

Love + Gratitude,

– Wendy

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Comments

  • Mara Sanchez #1

    Thank you Wendy, Memorial Day and the Pledge of Allegiance is often overlooked as simply a “day off.” But I am humbled by the men and women who have given up their lives for our Freedom.
    xo
    Mara

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    • Wendy #2

      You are so welcome Mara. It’s always good to pause + remind ourselves of the freedoms so many take for granted. I am humbled as well. – Wendy

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  • Judith Maxie #3

    Wendy….thank you for your simplistic but profound expressions of gratitude and positive thought. Just by being exactly who you are you serve as a light in so many areas of shadow and darkness in our worlds. You are blessed to understand your gifts and to have found a way to share them. Thank you especially for today’s acknowledgement of the meaning of Memorial Day and your tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed and served. We indeed should give thanks for our freedoms. (Our Canadian Memorial Day was last weekend.) And again, thank you for the extraordinary work (yes, even heroic) that you do bringing wisdom, insight, comfort and inspiration as a soul supporter for so many. Bravo to you!
    Sincerely, Judith Maxie

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    • Wendy #4

      Judith,
      Thank you so much for your beautiful comments and for shining your light brightly right here. I feel the love. Bravo to you too!
      – Wendy

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  • Roberta Bassin #5

    Dear Wendy,

    Your words fill my heart, body and soul, with warmth and a wealth of meaning for today and the future.
    Thank you,
    Roberta

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    • Wendy #6

      Roberta,
      That is always my intention + so nice to hear this touched you so deeply. Thank you.
      – Wendy

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  • Rick Deats #7

    Thank you for a great post, Wendy! Much appreciated by this Veteran. Young people especially need to see comments like this!

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    • Wendy #8

      Rick,
      You are so welcome. And thank you for your service. It is deeply appreciated.
      – Wendy

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  • Frankie #9

    I’m not able to say anything better than Judith Maxie, the first person to comment on this blog. I too am a Canadian. It’s so easy to take things for granted when you don’t know otherwise …

    Frankie

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