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“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.” Samuel Smiles

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. Sophocles
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. William Shakespeare
Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. Bradley Whitford

Veterans Day: Every year, for the last 99 years, Americans have gathered to honor and remember all the men and women who served this great nation; first in WW1 and subsequently in all wars. November 11, 2018 is the 100th year anniversary of Veterans Day, and it is a day that should give us all pause. Why? Because it is a day that reminds us to remember that wars decimate families, destroy communities, and leave us forever heartbroken for those we lost. On this day, we are forced to face the painful reality of war and the frailty of human life. We celebrate our lost and surviving Veterans and their families and, by doing so, we get to celebrate our own lost ones with our families/loved ones. As far back as I can remember, I’ve paused to honor all the men and women in countries around the world who, like my Dad, served their nations in some military capacity. It takes great courage and a deeply patriotic heart to offer yourself as a sacrificial lamb so loved ones can live in peace and enjoy their freedom. While freedom might be our inalienable right, it is not easily attained. Many have fought and died for it. For that reason, I duff my cap daily to Veterans everywhere.
For those of us who have lived in war-zones and/or survived any kind of war, we know the value of our freedom, and the great gift of raising our children in a free country where the vagaries of war are not part of their memory bank.  I am a survivor of a civil war, and I know it is an experience I would never wish on anyone. Wars destroy everything in their path. They destroy the lives and innocence of children. They destroy the very foundation of family life leaving mayhem and maimed souls behind. Many men and women who return from war zones come back deeply disturbed by their experiences, and the nightmares haunt them for the rest of their lives. How do we honor those courageous souls who served us by sacrificing their sanity and peace of mind? How do we honor their pain and suffering and their distraught loved ones? We honor them by thanking a Vet, by helping a Vet, and by teaching our children that war is not the stuff of video games. It is not entertainment. War is real and it leaves permanent scars on everyone it touches. We must raise our children to seek alternatives to war.

READ: Motivation Mondays: Honoring SERVICE



“Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” Douglas MacArthur

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Veterans Day is a time to celebrate the men and women who have worn this nation’s uniform and to honor their service. Tammy Duckworth
I am so grateful for the service our veterans have given to our country. These men and women put their lives on the line for our safety and security, and we need to honor their service and our commitment to them. Conner Eldridge
Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it. Andrew Jackson

Why must we seek alternatives to war? Many survivors of war, both adults and children, suffer from PTSD.  The horrors are embedded in their psyche and give survivors nightmares for the rest of their lives. The nightmares haunt both winners and losers in wars, and that is why we need to work together as a global family to minimize incidents of war around the world. It is imperative that we do our part because if we don’t temper the hate and the rage that begins in our homes, and spreads out to become warring factions, we will continue to perpetuate opportunities for war. When we open the door to strife and conflict, our dedicated servicemen and women rise to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend us all. Our careless, thoughtless acts of wickedness against our neighbors and each other, plant the seeds that germinate, over years, into ego battles and eventually into wars. These wars leave so many innocent children and families caught in the crossfire. The work must begin in our hearts and homes.

Who do we need to HONOR? As I considered this special day, it became quite clear that we face daily battles in different configurations. In times of strife, families, friends, and servicemen/women, step up to serve and protect their loved ones. Their acts of courage benefit us all, and my gratitude goes out to all who have served others globally and in every line of work. I think of our teachers, our caregivers, our good leaders, our military personnel, our firemen/policemen, our doctors/nurses/first responders, our servers/helpers in every field. From our parents to our policemen/women, we have so many folks deserving of honor. Some have served without recognition or glory, while others have served with bravery and public acknowledgement. The truth is that they have all served mightily because they put service above selfishness. How have you honored them? How have you served your fellowmen/women?

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT 2018/NOV 2018 are:


10/01   –  01 Nigeria Independence Day, International Coffee Day
10/07   –  08 Columbus Day
10/14  –  16 World Food Day
10/21   –  21 World Mission Day, 24 UNO Day
10/28 –    28 National Chocolate Day, 31 Halloween


11/01   –  01 All Saint’s Day, 02 All Soul’s Day,
11/04   –  04 Daylight Saving Time  ends USA, 06 Election Day, 07 Diwali
11/11  –  11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 14 World Diabetes Day, 16 International Day for Tolerance
11/18   –  19 International Men’s Day, 20 Universal Children’s Day, 21 World Hello & TV Day, 22 Thanksgiving Day
11/25 –    26 Cyber Monday, 27 Giving Tuesday,  30 St Andrew

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“It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.” Branch Rickey

Motivation Mondays: HONOR

Motivation Mondays: HONOR

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. Calvin Coolidge
Our parents deserve our honor and respect for giving us life itself. Beyond this they almost always made countless sacrifices as they cared for and nurtured us through our infancy and childhood, provided us with the necessities of life, and nursed us through physical illnesses and the emotional stresses of growing up. Ezra Taft Benson
Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves. Charles Stanley

How do we honor those we love? We honor our servicemen/women and all who make our lives comfortable and safe by saying THANK YOU at every opportunity we get.  We honor them by being grateful, by offering our help to others in need, by remembering them in our daily reflections, and by showing our gratitude through verbal expressions and acts of selfless love. Why wait for some one to pass on before declaring your gratitude for their role in shaping who you have become? Don’t take our Vets or loved ones for granted. They have played enormous roles in our lives and it behooves us to show our gratitude. Serve others and always say thank you. People forget that no one owes another anything on this planet. We do good because it feels good and we see others progress from the help. Do good for its own sake not for some reward. Honor those who have served our nation. Honor your parents and your loved ones. To serve/help others without ulterior motive is the highest honor.

Invisible: co-written by Paul Callus & Carolyn Devonshire
clad in rags, he wanders on Wall Street
he is invisible to hustling stock brokers
he is a man with no money, no property
a hapless struggler of excessive loan burdens

bitter winter winds blow across Broadway
he is invisible to affluent theatre-goers wearing warm winter coats
he is a man who watches them scurry past the cardboard box that is his bed
like a rain-dog, huddling in the shadows of alleys and doorways

he hears deafening explosions of New Year fireworks
he is invisible to the revellers
he is a man who cowers, recalling gunfire of a war he fought
echoing through his mind in restless nights
the incessant thumping of traumatic stress

he is invisible…a victim of post-Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq
who once bore a uniform and served his country with pride
he is invisible suffering alone, paying the price
through severe disabilities and permanent scars

with sadness, he watches voters going to the polls
he is invisible, a veteran with no voice in elections
he is a man who cannot vote without an “address”
a placard on a pavement might catch the eye

unemployed, homeless, unseen
but most of all forgotten
he is a man who seems invisible
but he is still a man
This is co-written by Paul Callus & Carolyn Devonshire
in remembrance of our war veterans. Copyright © 2015 Paul Callus Via


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Positive Motivation Tip: Honor those who have served our nation. Honor your parents and your loved ones. To serve others without ulterior motive is the highest honor.

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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

193 Comments leave one →
  1. Chloé Hamard permalink
    12/11/2018 8:23 pm

    So important to express gratitude every day but especially on Veteran’s day. Love the quotes and the poem

  2. Gladys Parker permalink
    13/11/2018 3:43 am

    Veteran’s Day really is and should be a day of introspection. We should always remember the men, woman and animals who died so that we could all live free–and to remember to help those who lived but came back shattered–their lives never to be the same.

  3. With Love Moni permalink
    13/11/2018 5:19 am

    It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

    • Elizabeth O permalink
      24/11/2018 3:59 am

      Moni, your thinking lacks compassion. It is neither foolish nor wrong to mourn lives lost. A compassionate heart grieves for those lost and honors their memory with events such as this one. All the great traditions/teachings/masters have considered the pain and sadness loss brings to a family and none would call it by such terms. Have you never lost a dear family member? Your comment deserves reconsideration.

  4. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    13/11/2018 5:52 am

    I feel sad only US has such a day. It is so important to remember the horrors of war and appreciate the effort of military.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/11/2018 3:25 am

      Indeed. I believe some other countries have their own version of V Day

      • Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
        17/12/2018 7:52 am

        in my country we have similar day but they bring on the wrong side. people celebrate the victory and glory of it, totally putting the horrors aside.

  5. hazl🌼 permalink
    13/11/2018 6:12 am

    Struggle incorporates everything that brings out the strength in you. It’s a painfully beautiful experience. What we need to see is what lies at the end of it. It’s usually worth it. 🤗💖 Thank you for making me reflect on this post.

  6. Marcie permalink
    13/11/2018 6:23 am

    I agree that we honor people by doing good things and showing gratitude. I hope you had a thoughtful Veteran’s Day!

  7. Scott Gombar permalink
    13/11/2018 7:25 am

    Thank you to our vets. They mean the world to us. I was not aware of the other days that happen this week. World Diabetes Day hits home for me.

  8. Razena permalink
    13/11/2018 9:08 am

    If I had a theme for my life it would be this ‘Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. – Sophocles’. This is a very inspiring article and a reminder to be grateful for all those who have sacrificed their time, energy and lives.

  9. Words of a Texas Nerd permalink
    13/11/2018 9:46 am

    I feel as though honor is not as wide spread as it once was. And that the understanding of such is even less. I’m glad you posted a reminder to everyone.

  10. Joanna permalink
    13/11/2018 10:12 am

    In England we have celebrated the Veterans day as well the other day. I was humbled passing by the Tower of London and seeing all the candles lit, by night, around it. It was such a special moment.

  11. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    13/11/2018 1:14 pm

    Great post, we all need to read posts like this to give us motivation and reflection

  12. Gladys Parker permalink
    13/11/2018 2:20 pm

    I agree that nightmares haunt both winners and losers in wars and it will take everyone to hopefully eradicate war from our world. I truly appreciate all the sacrifices that were made, and are still being made by those involved in the fighting–all the veterans from all the wars in all the different countries. I honor them all with my total heart and soul.

  13. Preet permalink
    13/11/2018 7:39 pm

    Such an inspiring post. We should honor those people who put their lives on the line in order to guard the freedom of others.

  14. Clare Minall permalink
    13/11/2018 7:45 pm

    My grandfather is an American veterans of World war II. One of the best way to honor them is to listen and understanding their standpoint. Whenever I see my grandfather, I see courage and an inspiring history.

  15. Surekha Busa permalink
    13/11/2018 7:58 pm

    I always honor those people who serve their lives just for us to give freedom and a peaceful life.

  16. Jonas permalink
    13/11/2018 9:37 pm

    It’s not only in America where they honor the veterans. In Belgium this is also a kind of big deal. Especially because they fought for our country. You should check out You should check out Flanders Fields, there are many Americans buried there. It’s really sad if you see that we haven’t learn nothing yet after all those wars.

  17. rhianwestburyr permalink
    13/11/2018 11:42 pm

    I think it’s so important to both honor and respect those who sacrificed their lives for us in the war. Everywhere in the UK does a silence to help remember x

  18. Jennifer Pompaski permalink
    14/11/2018 1:47 am

    The reality of war and the frailty of human life! That phrase captured the whole essence of war. Heroes gone, some living with PTSD (reminds of a series i have forgotten of a war vetaran captured in the middle east and became a muslim). We should honor the memories of those gone and still living. I believe they are heroes that should be cherished forever! I have never experienced war and i sincerely hope i do not! Your motivation mondays are always a great read and i would like to be part of it!

  19. Non stop family - Tips for family travels permalink
    14/11/2018 2:30 am

    I love to follow your blog. I just wanted to live a thought about the importance of Veterans day. I can’t forget those that died for us, for our peace and freedom and, we should learn from the mistakes of the past and never let us go the wrong way again. There’s nothing worse than war, we can never forget that.

  20. Geraline Batarra permalink
    14/11/2018 2:58 am

    I love this kind of blog that inspire and motivate other. I also loved General Douglas MacArthur not just he is a good servant of the state but also help other nation to be free.

  21. Alexis permalink
    14/11/2018 5:29 am

    Thank you for taking time to honor our veterans. War is never pretty but the men and women who fight for our freedoms deserve our honor and respect.

  22. Kansas Bonanno permalink
    14/11/2018 5:32 am

    Honor is so important, standing strong for a belief, putting everyone before your own self. I just want to Thank all the veterans for their amazing service, so my kids can grow up and be free.

  23. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    14/11/2018 5:55 am

    I will forever honor those who are courageous – which is really a majority of the population!

  24. Clarice Lao / Camping for Women permalink
    14/11/2018 7:47 am

    I didn’t realize that its already the 100th anniversary and I would have to agree that this day definitely reminds us of the sad reality of missing these brave men. I just wish that there will be no more war.

  25. Fatima D Torres permalink
    14/11/2018 8:22 am

    It breaks my heart to think of those who’ve lived during the time of war and had to experience it on a daily basis. My mother tells us of the times she had to hide her books so they didn’t know she was a student.

  26. American Travel Geek (@AmerTravelGeek) permalink
    14/11/2018 9:51 am

    Good article, glad you touched on Remembrance and Veterans Day, those who serve put our lives before their own, and that in itself deserves recognition and sets and example

  27. Becca Wilson permalink
    14/11/2018 10:00 am

    Making sure that you honor yourself, your family and your country is so important. So many people definitely do not take the time out to do this.

  28. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    14/11/2018 10:20 am

    In England we had this whole remembrance thing on Sunday where some veterans read a poem. Really wonderful!

  29. Jayne (@SMABLblog) permalink
    14/11/2018 10:26 am

    What a thought provoking post, I have the upmost respect for everyone who have fought for their country in the quest for peace. I honour them all.

  30. dalleynedvm permalink
    14/11/2018 10:32 am

    This is a very timely post for veterans day. I have family who are in the military so this is very relevant to me. Thanks for posting.

  31. Ann Snook permalink
    14/11/2018 11:25 am

    I don’t really agree with war as a general rule but I think honoring our veterans and those who lost their lives is so important. Many of my family members have served in the military and it truly is a selfless act!

  32. Jana permalink
    14/11/2018 11:26 am

    I love Motivation Mondays and actually motivation everyday. Great post, thank you for sharing. I definitely need it to read it.

  33. Chad permalink
    14/11/2018 11:31 am

    I love your Monday motivation posts, they’re really great! The saying by Samuel Smiles is perfect “The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.” I can’t agree more! Happy belated Veterans day.


    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/11/2018 3:23 am

      Thank you and wishing you the gifts of the season!

  34. Daphne' Adams permalink
    14/11/2018 12:03 pm

    I appreciate any person that serves our country and takes on the honorable opportunity to fight for our rights.

  35. Anne permalink
    14/11/2018 12:33 pm

    This is the perfect Monday Motivation post for Veteran’s Day. And I think the part about honoring by being grateful is so important and underrated.

  36. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    14/11/2018 12:54 pm

    My husband’s nephew served in the army with two tours to Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He is retired now and is living a quiet life with a cat and a rabbit. I am so proud to have known such a brave young man who selflessly faced a dangerous life to protect the freedom we enjoy today.

  37. Jenn permalink
    14/11/2018 1:26 pm

    Great post on Veterans Day and why we should honor our veterans! I love how positive your posts are! Thank you for sharing!

  38. Marysa permalink
    14/11/2018 3:31 pm

    I think many people take things for granted, and it is so important to honor those who have served. This is a good reminder of that!

  39. diadarling3 permalink
    14/11/2018 3:31 pm

    A few hours ago I heard “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” That came to my mind when I read the quote about “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” I think it’s so important because both make you think about the things surrounding your life.

  40. Sondra Barker permalink
    14/11/2018 4:39 pm

    I love the little poster for Monday Honor, Veterans day such an important holiday. Love the quote

  41. blair villanueva permalink
    14/11/2018 6:18 pm

    We should also honor the new heroes of the current generation. They also selflessly give their lives for others.

  42. Adriana permalink
    14/11/2018 6:44 pm

    Beautifully written post. It is beyond important that we honor those that we love and we cherish every moment that we have with them. I can totally relate to this post.

  43. twinspirational permalink
    14/11/2018 7:48 pm

    Honor is so important. Happy Veterans Day to all the soldiers out there. We appreciate your service.

  44. Kate permalink
    15/11/2018 12:35 am

    Such an important topic ! Honour those around you , the earth and yourself

  45. Rachael Eberhardt permalink
    15/11/2018 2:18 am

    The person that I am honoring are my parents who gives me lives and take care of from the time that was born until this time that I have a family.

  46. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    15/11/2018 3:47 am

    Such a meaningful post! Our veterans should receive all the accolade, care and support for their service. It breaks my heart to see some of them homeless or in dire straits. This is not what they deserve.

  47. Megan permalink
    15/11/2018 3:55 am

    This is definitely quite an emotional time and emotional post. You’ve shared such beautiful quotes and words on such a heavy topic. xx

  48. Cătălina-Iuliana Nini permalink
    15/11/2018 5:51 am

    We do take veterans for granted. Imagine how much love, devotion for a country and strength their have in their hearts.And how hard it must have been to leave their loved ones behind just so we can be safe today.

  49. Annie @ MamaDweeb permalink
    15/11/2018 6:46 am

    Honor is something we honestly don’t do enough of. Thank you for inspiring me to honor more people in my life.

  50. toastycritic permalink
    15/11/2018 6:57 am

    Honor is such an important thing in life. It puts the proper perspective on things and it makes sure those who have lived with honor know they have been appreciated. I agree with you that we should try to avoid war if at all possible. It’s only a measure of last resort and not something to consider lightly.

  51. Gervin Khan permalink
    15/11/2018 7:14 am

    I’m always waiting for this blog to post new topic. I love this kind of blog that encourage us and give us a great wisdom that we can use in our lives.

  52. laura dove permalink
    15/11/2018 12:22 pm

    I think honouring those we love is so important, in all walks of life. I honour my sons memory every single day, carrying him with us and doing him proud.

  53. Christa Anne permalink
    15/11/2018 12:55 pm

    While I am grateful and indebted to those who have served, I am hopeful and dedicated to finding peaceful solutions to those problems that too often end in violence. This was a beautiful post.

  54. janna permalink
    15/11/2018 1:06 pm

    my father was in the navy so veteran’s day is important to our family!

  55. jen permalink
    15/11/2018 1:30 pm

    This is so inspiring! I love this post

  56. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    15/11/2018 1:58 pm

    If there were no difficulties, there would be no success. I love the quote at the top by Samuel Smiles.

  57. HilLesha O'Nan permalink
    15/11/2018 4:11 pm

    I don’t agree with war, but I think it’s important to think of those who lost their lives or had to endure a lifetime of PTSD because of it. There are truly no winners or losers when it comes to war. 🙁

  58. Jenny Morrison permalink
    15/11/2018 4:46 pm

    Thank You for sharing. I am so thankful for those who did pay the ultimate sacrifice, and those who sacrificed time with family and friends to serve on my behalf. I know so many Veterans and the gift that they give us in freedom effects them and their families for a lifetime.

  59. The Delicious Spoon permalink
    15/11/2018 5:03 pm

    I agree honoring the people who serve us is very important especially when freedom is at stake.

  60. Amays Ziing 💋 (@sairdaK) permalink
    15/11/2018 6:14 pm

    Happy Veterans day!! They all heroes never forget!

  61. ehdesignmn permalink
    15/11/2018 7:03 pm

    Love this! It’s important to honor those that protect our freedoms!

  62. Gloria Grossi permalink
    15/11/2018 7:09 pm

    I have never experienced war but I have a close relations who have done. If one escapes physical death during war, most of them have to live with the terror that event brought for the rest of their life. I think most times we really don’t give honour to whom it is due and I hope we realize that some day. Thanks for sharing, you got me in a reflective mode.

  63. Tosha permalink
    15/11/2018 7:57 pm

    So powerful how life is a struggle and it’s always going uphill. Always fight what’s worth it.

  64. Ace Onwus permalink
    15/11/2018 8:45 pm

    Very informative post. I have someone that would enjoy this

  65. permalink
    15/11/2018 11:30 pm

    I love and appreciate Al your wonderful motivations! Thank you!

  66. Helen Neale permalink
    16/11/2018 12:40 am

    This is the Day were e pay tribute to our Heroes. My Father is a World War II Veterans and we Honor them with reminiscing the heroism that they did for our Country,

  67. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    16/11/2018 12:44 am

    This is so beautiful and very inspiring post. I have a lot of people that I am honoring in everyday of my lives and one of them is my mother who took care me since the day that I was born until now that I have my own family.

  68. Renata Feyen (@seadbeady) permalink
    16/11/2018 5:25 am

    I won’t ever forget the 11th – cause it is my husbands birthday 🙂

  69. permalink
    16/11/2018 7:10 am

    Wow, what a great tribute to our soldiers and those that live in war-torn areas! Thanks for the reminder to keep them in our thoughts every day.

  70. Tasha at Lady Boss Studio permalink
    16/11/2018 8:38 am

    Great post. I absolutely agree. It’s so important to honour those who have served our nation.

  71. Razena permalink
    16/11/2018 9:13 am

    I am not acquainted with any veterans as we have not been involved in fighting wars since the 1980’s. However, I am grateful for my parents who gave us a very firm moral and emotional foundation and for their siblings who treated us like their own children for all of our lives. I pray that I have done enough during their lifetimes to let them know how much I honor and admire them.

  72. Zoe permalink
    16/11/2018 10:59 am

    It’s so important to honour the service men, women and animals x

  73. Noor permalink
    16/11/2018 11:06 am

    This is a good article to dedicate for this Veterans Day. It explains a lot about honor hence we learn from it.

  74. Healy Eats Real permalink
    16/11/2018 11:09 am

    Such beautiful reflections that you’ve written here! What a great way to honor our veterans on veteran’s day!

  75. presiiicom permalink
    16/11/2018 2:37 pm

    Great post of honoring the veterans. It means so much leaving your family to go in war zone where you don’t know if you will even make it out alive. So it os important to honor them for this extreme sacrifice

  76. elenasts permalink
    17/11/2018 12:30 am

    i believe that we are lucky that we do not live in the war zone, but we have a terrorist attack and I believe that everyone remembers it exactly like it was yesterday.

  77. Sania Ahmed permalink
    17/11/2018 12:33 am

    Loved the quote and I totally agree to this.

  78. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    17/11/2018 1:04 am

    I do admire the sacrifice military do for us during the war. I do hope however it will never be need. War is horror and it is not supposed to happen in normal life.

  79. Madelain permalink
    17/11/2018 2:37 am

    I love this. We all need some motivation to honor those who sacrifice for us all.

  80. Gladys Parker permalink
    17/11/2018 6:17 am

    I’m pretty sure I have commented on this post twice before!! Honor is an interesting concept and it seems you have hit on all the major points above. Honoring all our Veterans is one of the most important things we can do. They fought for our right to live in this country in freedom without fear.

  81. Amanda Yorton permalink
    17/11/2018 6:52 am

    What a great motivational post. Honor is so important especially those in the military. Whenever I think of honor, I think of Mulan!

  82. Sayanti permalink
    17/11/2018 7:50 am

    Honor your parents and your loved ones. Truly they deserve all the love and respect. Very thoughtful post indeed

  83. Ana permalink
    17/11/2018 8:22 pm

    I’ve seen a few homeless veterans on the streets and was quite disappointed! We need to be considerate about veterans and help their families as much as we can do. They have suffered a lot for our nation. I totally agree with you that we should teach our kids that war is not for the video games. It is real, brutal and impacts both the sides of the nation!

  84. Ching permalink
    18/11/2018 8:21 am

    It’s funny that we don’t forget to honor presidents amd heroes, but tend to overlook look those we should be honoring in our daily lives. I have been guilty of this far too often I’m afraid, but try my best to be aware of my actions!

  85. Marcie permalink
    18/11/2018 9:48 am

    I like the concept of honor. I think of it as “my word.” Because people know they can trust me. I’m glad I haven’t lost that.

  86. Mommy Sigrid permalink
    18/11/2018 4:45 pm

    We try to live with dignity and honor. Meanwhile, it’s not my current struggle honoring my parents. In order not to fight with them, I keep my distance. But I find it very hard to honor them at this point.

  87. blair villanueva permalink
    18/11/2018 6:50 pm

    I always think why many chose to engage to war… and I realized it was because war is a huge business – for arm dealers and manufacturers, etc.
    Because of greediness, many suffers.

  88. Mary B permalink
    18/11/2018 8:21 pm

    I think it’s important to honor those who have fought for our rights and served our country, even if we disagree with war. These men and women have put their lives on the line for us.

  89. Natasha permalink
    18/11/2018 8:21 pm

    Good reminder for Veterans Day. Nice to remember what all those have done for our country.

  90. Nicole Anderson permalink
    18/11/2018 8:31 pm

    It is both a blessing and a curse that many do not understand or value the meaning of war and Remembrance Day. On the one hand people who haven’t experienced anything at all to do with war are blessed and spared from the terrible things that go with it. On the other hand, they could be seen to be cursed as they take freedom for granted and don’t realise the real horrors that is war. As the saying goes ‘those who don’t appreciate history are doomed to repeat it’ – so we can only encourage everyone to be grateful and in full appreciation of what it took so we may live free today.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/11/2018 3:11 am

      Well said. Until we lose our freedom, so many of us take it for granted. It is a precious gift…like the gift of life itself.

  91. Angela Ricardo Betheaaa permalink
    18/11/2018 10:44 pm

    It is really important to honor the people who serve and give their lives to our country. I really love the concept of your article about honoring.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/11/2018 11:08 am

      Angela, you need to tell your VA that your hubby is a military man. I had to edit the nonsense she wrote to make your comment one I could publish. SMH! 🙁

  92. Love Faith More permalink
    18/11/2018 10:46 pm

    Yes I agree ! We must be thankful to them, show our gratitude as sign of our honor towards them. We should always remember their good deeds and they indeed played a big part of our lives.

  93. Ellie Plummer permalink
    18/11/2018 11:16 pm

    I think honouring those we love is so important. It shows respect and love.

  94. Bindu Thomas permalink
    18/11/2018 11:51 pm

    This is such an interesting read! I like the concept of honor that shows respect and love.

  95. Toni permalink
    19/11/2018 3:10 am

    We should always give a little thought to the ones who fought/are fighting for their country.

  96. Gervin Khan permalink
    19/11/2018 3:10 am

    As we are now celebrating Veterans day, I am honoring those people who sacrifice their lives to give peace and freedom to our country.

  97. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    19/11/2018 3:16 am

    I always honor those people who give their lives for the peace and the freedom of the individual and of our country. And today, I also honor those people around me in loving me and respecting for who I am.

  98. Lisa Rios permalink
    19/11/2018 3:48 am

    I think it is so important to honor the military and the soldiers in our country. They sacrifice so much for us and work so hard, going months and sometimes years without seeing their families.

  99. Andrea Warren permalink
    19/11/2018 5:08 am

    Your post is beautiful, we should always honor those who serve but I would also love to see another route outside of war.

  100. Aditya permalink
    19/11/2018 5:36 am

    Awesome post! Such a great tribute and it is extremely important to remind others of the struggles others are facing when everyone is preoccupied with themselves

  101. Candy permalink
    19/11/2018 6:38 am

    We have many veterans in our family. Including my husband. We always honor men and women

  102. Nate permalink
    19/11/2018 6:51 am

    Honor is so important. Happy Veterans Day to all the soldiers out there and quick shout out to all of them!

  103. waitingforrain28 permalink
    19/11/2018 7:41 am

    I love your discussion of honor both in terms of personal struggles with difficulty, but in terms of the world around us, particularly veterans. It is a great reminder that no matter what we are facing, we need to be strong, face our problems with strong morals, and be open to the fact that these things (in every-day life) can shape us for the better. Also a great reminder of the sacrifice that others make so that we can be retrospective and seek to better ourselves every day. As usual, perfect start to the week! Thank you!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/11/2018 11:05 am

      Thank you for your insightful feedback…

  104. kisha permalink
    19/11/2018 8:46 am

    I believe honor is something that is truly lacking in our society, especially for our elders. We could take a lesson out of the handbook from many Asian cultures, as honor and respect are highly regarded aspects of their daily lives. I’m doing my part however to instill honor for others, humans in general, into my children and to live in a way that exudes honor so that they can mimic my actions– not just my words.

  105. ashleynicolerice permalink
    19/11/2018 9:21 am

    That poem is so powerful! Wow! Such a beautiful post to honor Veterans Day.

  106. Amanda Arthur Krill permalink
    19/11/2018 9:46 am

    This one hit me like a TON OF BRICKS!!!

    “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen.”


  107. Ruth permalink
    19/11/2018 10:05 am

    This is a great post! It is so important to spread awareness about this and express our gratitude towards these amazing people as much as possible 🙂

  108. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    19/11/2018 10:23 am

    I’ve got to say, I think we’ve lost a lot of what honour used to mean, so it’s nice to see a post which talks about it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/11/2018 11:04 am

      Yes,sad but true…

  109. Andrea Y permalink
    19/11/2018 12:54 pm

    Love the opening quote! Such great words to remember and live by

  110. Sydney | A World in Reach permalink
    19/11/2018 1:21 pm

    I agree that we should seek alternatives to war – I’ve met many veterans who suffer from PTSD from the time they served. It’s also so important to honor those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

  111. amandahrosson permalink
    19/11/2018 2:11 pm

    So important to honor those men and women who have sacrificed so much so we can have freedom! And I absolutely agree, we can honor them by thanking them and never forgetting what they have done for us.

  112. Savvy Southern Chic permalink
    19/11/2018 4:52 pm

    It’s so important to remember and honor our veterans.

  113. bushrazblogs permalink
    19/11/2018 7:57 pm

    Salute to those who have lost their lives for the country’s sake… Thanks for sharing this post.. 🙂

  114. Bree permalink
    19/11/2018 7:58 pm

    I love the idea behind this post. It’s so important to be grateful to those who are fighting for our country. I loved the photos and quotes/poem you shared in this post too!

  115. aisasami permalink
    20/11/2018 5:31 am

    I honor my dad. Even if fight over stuff, I am very thankful for what he did, serve in the US Air Force for 20 years. But, he was always there for the family and my mom during bad times. He is my hero.

  116. Brit Strawbridge permalink
    20/11/2018 6:22 am

    I love that quote ‘I’d rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud’. My husband is very much like this and sometimes it hurts him in business but I know he will be rewarded for being so honourable.

  117. Linda Kasabian permalink
    20/11/2018 1:10 pm

    Beautiful post. I think we must always be very grateful for those who defend us in any corner of the world.

  118. Rachael Williams permalink
    20/11/2018 10:49 pm

    LOVE your daily motivations. There’s a book called Honors Reward that I’ve always loved – the principle of honoring people in your actions. I believe it’s a simple principle with so much power!

  119. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    20/11/2018 10:57 pm

    In today’s world of uncertainty, it’s probably hard to find someone with real values. I so love Sir Willaim’s quote – “Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.” Back in the days when honor was to die for – each man stood valiantly down to their last breath.

  120. Blair permalink
    21/11/2018 7:48 am

    In Canada we honour those that serve and have served for our freedom on Remembrance Day February 11. The poppy and the poem Flanders Fields have become symbols we connect to service men and women with pride and honour.

  121. Daphne permalink
    23/11/2018 4:51 am

    I truly believe we must always honor those who sacrificed for us.

  122. livetotravelsaniyapuri permalink
    24/11/2018 7:37 am

    It is actually very important to honour the efforts made by people towards their country and the good part is that every country does that. Such a motivational post

  123. Cindy permalink
    25/11/2018 6:46 pm

    I didnt realize this was the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. This is a great reminder that people have sacrificed a lot so that we can be free. Many thanks to all that serve or served.

  124. Flossie permalink
    25/11/2018 7:03 pm

    I especially like your final quote here. It’s important to honor all those who serve – those in the military, those in medicine, those in education…

  125. miljance93mommysup permalink
    26/11/2018 2:22 am

    I was yesterday watching a war-related content in theater and couldn’t believe how cruel the time was. All of the people that lived in that time deserve honor.

  126. kumamonjeng permalink
    26/11/2018 2:53 pm

    This post has given me an insight why we need to honor Veterans Day. The next time I see a Veteran, I should show my ultimate respect to these hero and heroin. We don’t have Veteran day here in Singapore so I have very little knowledge in this field. But during my studies in Australia, the Australian has the Anzac day in Apri. Old soldiers would come up to the street and parade.

  127. Claudia permalink
    28/11/2018 3:46 am

    amazing detail on this…. thank you!!

  128. Jeannette permalink
    30/11/2018 6:30 pm

    There are indeed people all around us who deserve honor. I learned years ago, to make it a habit to say thank you. To acknowledge those who have served and helped others. Our Vets deserve our respect, those in the battle field have sacrificed much.

  129. The Color Coded Mom permalink
    07/12/2018 11:46 am

    Honor is such an underdiscussed topic in today’s society! I love that you wrote a post on this important issue !

  130. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    14/12/2018 12:24 pm

    Honour is so important but is a value that is often ignored… and there are so many people who serve us in so many ways who should be honoured. That poem is so poignant – it’s awful that so many of those who have fought for us end up on the streets… with no honour at all.

  131. arun permalink
    26/04/2019 1:34 am

    I absolutely loved reading this. So many times we take things and people for granted. And realise the importance after loosing. It’s so important to honor them from time to time. Love the poem you shared.

  132. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    11/11/2019 5:07 am

    I have several veterans in my family and it’s so important to let them know how loved and important they are. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  133. Angela permalink
    11/11/2019 6:17 am

    I think you’re so right when you say we should not take them for granted. We honour those who gave their lives by making sure those who survive are well cared for and not neglected. While I fully suppose Veteran’s Day and other rememberance actions, I think it’s very important that this is not just an annual thing but we should consider the needs of these veterans all year round.

  134. Joanna permalink
    11/11/2019 7:48 am

    We had remembrance day here in the UK as well this weekend. Wars are never between people, they are between governments and politics. It’s just the innocent who suffer…

  135. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    11/11/2019 5:26 pm

    Honoring people for their bravery is a noble thing to do. These people deserve to be acknowledge because they gave a piece of their life in behalf of others.

  136. Cindy permalink
    11/11/2019 6:22 pm

    It’s good to pause and honor those that protect and serve us. Thank God for them and their families that sacrifice so much.

  137. Khushboo Motihar (@kbmotihar) permalink
    11/11/2019 7:11 pm

    It is so important to honour those who are working so hard to protect us. It is an important day to acknowledge the sacrifices veterans made for us.

  138. Kiwi permalink
    12/11/2019 12:40 am

    You are always so thorough about the meaning of important dates. Great breakdown on Veterans Day and the importance of it.

  139. Samar permalink
    12/11/2019 5:10 am

    Showing respect is equally important.

    We often forget to display it.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  140. Scott Gombar permalink
    12/11/2019 5:34 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Veteran’s Day is one of those days that everyone should say thanks. It’s not about religion, beliefs or politics but unfortunately not everyone sees it that way. This serves as a reminder of what it’s really about.

  141. Searcy permalink
    12/11/2019 5:48 am

    Honoring those we love is so important. This is a great post to honor all our vets.

  142. Olya Aman permalink
    12/11/2019 8:26 am

    Amazing read. You are crafty beyond any degree. Such a beautiful post about things we need to be reminded about.

  143. AnotherFoodBlogger permalink
    12/11/2019 10:17 am

    So important to remember everyone who sacrificed and who still sacrifice for us each day

  144. Renata Feyen (@seadbeady) permalink
    12/11/2019 1:54 pm

    I consider myself very lucky never to have been in any war and sure hope it stays that way 🙂

  145. Bree permalink
    12/11/2019 2:01 pm

    Honor is something that has been a big part of life since the dawn of time it seems. I enjoyed this post!

  146. Jasmine - Blogging and Living permalink
    12/11/2019 7:57 pm

    When I think of honor, I think of how someone holds up to their words and remains true to what they stand for and live by. Veterans display what honor means as they have and continue to stand by their country.

  147. Kevin Akidi permalink
    12/11/2019 9:16 pm

    The people who run towards an attack instead of away fro it are true heroes. Our veterans should be honored and supported for the sacrifices they made in the name of their country. Not all who go to war come back or even

  148. Sondra Barker permalink
    12/11/2019 11:41 pm

    It is always important to show appreciation and gratitude to our vets for their service. What they are doing is so noble. (Reciprocated by Natasha Romero-Salas)

  149. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    13/11/2019 6:36 am

    What counts is the gratitude to the people who have risked their lives so we could live today in peace.

  150. WestmanReviews permalink
    13/11/2019 7:37 am

    I have several loved ones who served in different wars. I want to thank all who have and do serve their country. They all deserve to be honored, and yes, those who perished deserve to be mourned. Even the ones who return are seldom the same as they were before they left. I love that we have a day set aside to honor our veterens.

  151. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    13/11/2019 9:00 am

    They don’t just honour veterans in America 🙂 In England we just had Remembrance day. People wear red remembrance poppies for weeks before as well!

  152. WritesandBlogs permalink
    13/11/2019 9:19 am

    Your blogs are really inspiring. Teaches the value of life and how we must respect each other. Veteran day is such a nice concept to show respect to the elderly.

  153. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    13/11/2019 9:53 am

    I think most wars are started so easily with no reason at all. It’s all about someone’s ego and innocent people pay for it x


  154. Alexis permalink
    13/11/2019 10:03 am

    Honor is so important and unfortunately something that is dying in today’s society. Thank you for writing this beautiful piece.

  155. Margaret Smith permalink
    13/11/2019 10:24 am

    This is great! It’s important to honor those that protect our freedoms!

  156. Emma permalink
    13/11/2019 11:24 am

    Wow thank you for sharing, so much meaning behind honor I had never thought about! Respect to those who served us

  157. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    13/11/2019 1:51 pm

    My husband spent 20 years in the US Navy. He is the most honorable man I have ever met. This is beautifully written!

  158. Karen permalink
    13/11/2019 2:22 pm

    Its great that you guys celebrate veterans day. They deserve it!

  159. Berlin permalink
    13/11/2019 6:30 pm

    Honor is such a big commitment. Yes, I find it as a commitment towards integrity, sincere service, and true to your values and principles.

  160. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    13/11/2019 11:56 pm

    Honoring people is a Biblical thing, it’s a noble thing to do.

  161. Norma permalink
    14/11/2019 3:20 am

    Interesting that for the last 99 years, Americans have gathered to honor and remember all the men and women who served this great nation. It is important to celebrate, thank, and honor people who served and serve our country.

  162. aisasami permalink
    14/11/2019 3:48 am

    It might be a bit selfish, but my dad is a hero. He served in the Air Force for 20 years but he never fought in a war. He was serving during many, but since he had bad eyesight, he was assigned to do non-combat duties (He said he couldn’t fly a plane). He might never fought in a war, he is still a hero because of serving in the Air Force and making so many sacrifices. But, I also honor those who have died for our country and served in the battlefield like my classmates’ parents.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/01/2020 12:49 am

      Of course he is a hero. All Dads… and Moms are heroes/heroines!

  163. Mudpiefridays permalink
    14/11/2019 4:44 am

    Veteran’s Day is such a great d ay to celebrate the heroism of our fellow countrymen who fought for our freedom. During this day et us all pray and pay tribute.

  164. Samar permalink
    14/11/2019 4:55 am

    Honor is really important, I think respect and honor goes hand in hand, but now a days, it has become a history.

  165. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    14/11/2019 7:50 am

    I think everyone in this world deserves a level of honor because each and every one of us do tasks every day that benefit others, even if we don’t know they do.

  166. Ching permalink
    14/11/2019 8:30 am

    My parents were both coastguards during the Vietnam war. They gave medical aid to the wounded soldiers. I never forget to honor all veterans. Most don’t appreciate that service

  167. Natasha Romero Salas permalink
    14/11/2019 9:04 am

    It is so important to honor and show appreciation to the veterans.

  168. Jackline A permalink
    14/11/2019 10:59 pm

    Great post. It is important to honor those who sacrificed and fought for us.

  169. Arunas permalink
    14/11/2019 11:39 pm

    Yes, we do good because it feels good and we see others progress from the help.

  170. Ceci Rey permalink
    15/11/2019 4:15 am

    I come from a family of veterans, including my husband who has recently returned home from a leg amputation. And yet, our own children do not know the significance of Veterans day…a lesson we have had in the home!

  171. Chris Hoov permalink
    15/11/2019 8:02 pm

    Love the quotes, I couldn’t agree more with it. So motivating, thanks for sharing.

  172. Nicole permalink
    18/11/2019 6:03 am

    What a beautiful post! I loved all of the poems and passages you used. It is so important to always have gratitude, but especially on days like Veterans Day. Thanks so much for sharing!


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