Remembrance day –
We remember THEM…
We acknowledge YOU!
It is the 11/11 – we remember the men, women and children (yes, I am counting the very young soldiers, who went off to war and faked their birth-dates) who put their lives on the line for our freedom.
Most were so very lucky enough to have come home, but others were not so lucky to make it back home alive.
Of those who didn’t make it back home – we acknowledge their sacrifice and life given for us.
Of those who did return, and have returned, we acknowledge the cost of their ‘duty’ – the cost of their courage, the cost of our freedom!
For even though they may have returned physically, they may also have returned hurt or damaged in mind, body or spirit or all three – never to live as they did before, some never to love as they did before.
And so, the 11/11 brings us many concepts to grasp within war itself – the struggle, the sacrifice and the ‘coming home’.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
It can also be a reminder of our own ‘war within’ – we may not have been to a ‘battle field’ proper, but many of us have been in situations where our mind, body and spirit have felt in mortal danger – where we have escaped feeling traumatised, fearful and lost.
And so, I acknowledge your path from struggle to freedom to love… some of us are at the beginning, some are somewhere in the middle and some feel like they can touch the freedom desired.
Where ever you are in the ‘remembrance’ of your own personal struggle, it is helpful to acknowledge where you have come from and where you so desire to go in our own life journey – to remember and be grateful for your courage, your rising and your heart.
Lest We Forget.