AND Remember With Kindness

May 28th, 2017

On this Memorial Day, when we pause to remember the sacrifices of those who have fought for the values of freedom and equality, may we also remember those who have returned from war with emotional and physical scars. For those of us who get to live in a country with many rights and freedoms, may we also remember the obligation to participate in creating the conditions at home that embrace and include those who need our help today.

Each of us is in a position to pause to see the person behind the uniform. Who carries the scars underneath? Who might need food, medical care, or a home? Are we creating the society, communities, neighborhoods at home that live the values for which others have given their lives?

The rights we share are rights we have earned because of the shared commitment to creating and sustaining a country whose values and ethics for treating people are worthy of the best we can offer. How we treat one another, how we respect another’s values, religious preferences, and other choices are all mirrors of the values that we claim to share in a diverse and welcoming country.

Perhaps a value for seeking to understand the people in our lives, the people we have the opportunity to meet, and the people who appear to hold political and philosophical differences would be a good way to honor those who have sacrificed so much for all of us to live in a country where we have so much? Perhaps extending kindness first and defending only when necessary will remind all of us to live into the highest aspirations for the kind of society and country we want to inhabit.

This Memorial Day, may we celebrate with kindness and gratitude the sacrifices and service to our values that so many have given, and ask then ourselves what we might give to nurture those who are wounded in this country today.

Happy Memorial Day

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