Nov 11th – A Day for Reflection, Connection and Appreciation
At this time, we are all going through many challenges due to COVID-19. The current situation is throwing us into extended isolation. ‘Let’s take a moment to reach out to our friends and family on November 11th. We need to stay connected as human beings.
Memories of past wars and wartime efforts take many back to memories of food rationing and adjusting manufacturing outputs to meet the changing needs of the country and soldiers.
Do you have a personal story to share or something your parents or grandparents talked with you about growing up?
I remember my grandmother, born in 1905, reminiscing about her resentment of an older sister who wasted the family’s meagre ration of sugar to make chokecherry jelly.
Will we arrive at the store one day with nothing left on the shelves? This type of fear can linger in our minds and hearts.
My daughter and son-in-law feel we will be fine: Grandpa makes wine; Uncle Jim has stockpiled paper & cleaning products; and they have a year’s supply of coffee beans!
No matter how resentful we are of the lock downs and restrictions in our daily life, we do need to appreciate our good fortune.
‘Let’s acknowledge life’s “abundance” with every inhalation and give “gratitude” with every exhalation during our moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 11th.