These are stories for everyone to share with others about life that involve doing the right thing. Accountability, respect, integrity and love for ourselves and fellow citizens of the world is the focus of this blog. 365 days of inspiration for people who may feel powerless due to unemployment or a situation that is making them feel down temporarily. Empower yourself by doing one right thing daily.
In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed . ~1 Corinthians 15:52
So it's a holiday in the USA and we have the day off. And I was touched today by the fact that my newspaper carrier brought my paper today (Wednesday) knowing I can only afford the Sunday delivery until I get back on my feet. After two and one half years of school, working is not like making money, working is paying back loans. I still am grateful but know that without that 90 day period, I can be let go at any moment and be right back where I started...unemployed. I'm thankful for him and I noticed his kindness..
As I read the paper, there was a great article about paying attention in the editorial by Danny Tyree proposing that we should have a "Pay Attention Day" proposed to July 6th, two days after July 4th so that we could remember it. He writes: We need a National "Pay Attention!" Day to help us get our heads out of the clouds (or other less hygienic locations). You can't stop and smell the roses if you're too preoccupied to acknowledge the existence of the flowerbed.
I just think we should all make an honest effort to notice one or two new things each day.
Try to learn the names of your co-workers' children. Remember your congressman's name. Notice your sister's neighbor's new lawn decoration. Learn the name of a singer outside your own generation.
The rewards could be life-changing. You might learn to impress a customer by anticipating his needs, pick up a bargain that was advertised only in a shop window, give better directions to motorists, remember an apartment vacancy to tell your brother-in-law about, be less of a wallflower in discussions of current events, find opportunities to volunteer in the community, detect a skin cancer early "»
Okay: July 6, then. National "Pay Attention!" Day. Mark it on your calendar. Make it the first day of the rest of your life. You'll notice the difference.
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A lone U.S. Army bugler plays Taps at Arlington
National Cemetery. DoD photo by Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
He mentions how we just don't observe what is going on around us. It is so true with young and old. Imagine fighting Overseas and having this type of "Awareness Amnesia." It would (I didn't say could) cost you your life. So on this day, I'm paying attention....and with grateful wishes, thanking the men and women who have served, are serving or will serve so that the average American like myself can not-have-to-pay-attention. And to those men and women who come home to be buried as one with American soil, I'll hear the trumpet play TAPS and will be changed forever as they rise imperishable. And my eye will shed a tear in that twinkling of time.