Being thankful

It is fitting on this Remembrance Day, inspired by the speeches of country leaders and the stories of individuals and their families, to be thankful in a greater context. Today is a day that we remember those who sacrificed their lives in the name of “freedom.” For that we should be thankful.

Sacrifices are made every day. Maybe not this ultimate sacrifice and maybe not in a military context but for many, they endure a lifetime of smaller losses resulting in a profound cumulative effect. For some, sacrifice is not a choice they make but a circumstance that life gave them.

On this day of remembrance, I am thankful for what I have been given, in a larger and smaller context. I am thankful for the freedom of choice and actions that have allowed me to be where I am. I am thankful for what life gave me and continues to give.

And I will do more than remember; I commit to giving back.

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