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Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served…

“Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served…

Raw: Pres Obama Lays Wreath at Arlington

Today, in America, we honor the armed service men and women who put country before self. Veterans Day, also known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day; is a time when we gather to honor those who fought wars so the rest of us could have world peace.  While some might think it’s ironic to see peace as a goal of war, it is appropriate to encourage all to seek peace on this special day; both inner and outer peace. In remembering those who fought bravely to keep us safe, we must use this opportunity to decide what peace means to us, to determine how we can maintain peace in the world, and then dig deep within for our own personal version of same.

“But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye.” Thomas Dunn English

Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served…

Another way we can honor this special day is by focusing our energies on giving back to our veterans during the coming holiday season; Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and other days of celebration. Instead of spending money on endless trinkets and toys, we can make a holiday donation to the following organizations that help veterans and their families: The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Disabled American VeteransThe Vietnam Veterans Of America and any other groups that call your heart. For a change, let’s brighten the holidays for a veteran too. More below!

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Reflections: Moving Forward…

“Tonight … the task of perfecting our union moves forward… we are one American family, and we will rise and fall as one nation.” President Obama

Reflections: Moving Forward… President Obama giving his acceptance speech. (msnbc)

Reflections: Moving Forward… President Obama & Family AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Obama’s Complete Victory Speech: Obama Wins the 2012 Election

Moving Forward by Rainer Maria Rilke
The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that things are more like me now,
That I can see farther into paintings.
I feel closer to what language can’t reach.
With my senses, as with birds, I climb
into the windy heaven, out of the oak,
in the ponds broken off from the sky
my falling sinks, as if standing on fishes.
via famouspoemsandpoets.org

After many months of campaigns, debates, political ads, vitriol and anticipation, the American people voted. President Obama got re-elected as the 44th President of the United States of America and, regardless of which side we voted for, it is time to move forward as a united country. Congratulations to our president and kudos to all who made the effort to get out there and vote. I am proud of everyone who helped move the process forward; a decisive vote for hope and change. My prayer is that we set aside our differences and petty hatreds and work together to get this great nation back on the road to economic recovery.

“It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression.” President Obama

Reflections: Moving Forward… President/Mrs. Obama with Vice President/Dr. Biden AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Reflections: Moving Forward… Governor/Mrs. Romney & Rep/Mrs. Ryan and family. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Look To This Day by Kalidasa
Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn! via allpoetry.com

As the President gave his inspired acceptance speech last night, I couldn’t help but reflect on the long road that led him down the path to the presidency; particularly to his second term in office. I reflected on the debates with Gov Romney and the results. I went looking for poems that spoke to me on the magnitude of this election outcome and that represented the positive effort that we can make to pull Americans together in celebration and healing. I know that some folk are still caught up in the maya of negativity but, with time, I hope they’ll come around. Indeed, we will move forward because we reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war, divisiveness and depression. More below!

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