Remembering Those Who Have Died

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. Mark Twain, American writer

In the United States, this is Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember those who died while serving in the military. The greatest per capita loss of military life for the U.S. was the Civil War (April 12, 1861 – April 9, 1865) in which brother fought brother killing 623,026 when our population was only thirty-one million. 

Our modern day equivalent are the frequent mass shootings by men toting AR-15, military style rifles made to explode human bodies. In this case, however, killings are not soldier to soldier in combat conditions, but the killing of neighbors and neighbor’s children for, mostly, reasons unknown. 

Today I’m grateful that my relatives who fought in wars from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, survived. I honor all those who bravely fought and never came home. At the same time, my heart continues to break for innocent victims of our current domestic violence. 

Affirmation: I seek peace.

 Coaching questions: Thinking of the loss others have experienced is helpful in dealing with our own losses. Who are you thinking of today?

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When Will the Killing Stop?

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. Mark Twain

In the United States, today is Memorial Day, a day to remember those who died in combat while serving in the military. The greatest per capita loss of life for the U.S. was in our own Civil War where brother fought brother killing 623,026 when our population was only thirty-one million.  

In addition, I shutter to think of the millions of men, women, and children have been killed in wars worldwide (over 75 million in WWII alone). What can we do to help stop the killing, maiming, and emotional trauma of war? 

Affirmation: I will seek peace.

Coaching questions: Thinking of the loss others have experienced is helpful in dealing with our own losses. Who are you thinking of today? What was their contribution to our freedom? What’s one thing you can do to promote peace in the world? 

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Lessons From Baby Twain

The only limits you have are the limits you believe. Wayne Dyer, author and speaker.

Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain, was born on this day in 1835. Baby Clemens arrived prematurely in a two-room shack in Florida, Missouri. He was a frail infant and sickly child, prompting his mother to admit, “When I first saw him, I could see no promise in him.” As the creator of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Clemens is one of America’s best known authors despite ending his formal schooling after the fifth grade.

The lesson here—you are more than your packaging, your education, your upbringing. You can accomplish great things if you set your mind to it. Never give up or give in and, your Mama doesn’t always know best. 

Affirmation: I can overcome.

Coaching questions: What do you see as limiting factors in your history? What can you do to overcome them and soar to new heights? What’s one step you will take today? 

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