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?