I admit it, I have really let my blogging sit on the back burner. I have been letting my laptop gather dust, losing my Blog Ideas! notebook under the bed, in the desk, in the car, etc. and generally not caring about my readership stats. No, I am not severely depressed or on drugs (or both). I am just really busy genuinely enjoying life, and apparently that does not involve blogging.
The thought occurred to me a couple of days ago that with Veteran’s Day approaching I really should have a thoughtful piece typed up. You know the piece — something that would induce tears, smiles, or philosophical introspection. But there will probably be so many of those posted and published on much larger formats, and I am quite an underdog. And besides, I have way too much going on that I am genuinely enjoying right now. I can always work on my introspective pieces later…
So what do I want to write about for Veteran’s Day; what do I really want to say? What important message do I want to convey to others? Simply this: live. Live today, don’t wast time. Yesterday is over, tomorrow might not come. Be in the moment, be a friend. Reach out to those who are hurting, who need a caring ear that will listen, a shoulder to cry on. We outgrow so many things in a lifetime, but let’s never outgrow kindness.
The two Iraqi friends pictured in this post were killed in 2005 by a terrorist RPG shot into the car they were riding in while they were on their way to work with Coalition Forces. I miss them, but I am thankful to have had time with them. The most important lesson they taught me, that I can pass on to you, is to really live every day. They lived in a world that was literally falling to pieces around them, and do you know what they did each day? They laughed, told stories, shared food, played pranks, and they squeezed the life out of each moment and formed meaningful relationships because they hadn’t outgrown basic human kindness. They were truly alive every single day, and for me, they always will be whenever I see flowers blooming in Spring and leaves changing color in Autumn. Do not let today pass by without being present and accounted for!
Happy and Blessed Veterans Day