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Looking Back and Looking Forward on Memorial Day

Today, Memorial Day, has been a different kind of holiday. It has been a slower, calmer, more thoughtful day than most holidays appear to be. There is, of course, the honoring of our ancestors, family members, neighbors and friends who have served and protected us and whose sacrifices have done much to give us the opportunities and benefits we enjoy today. Though it is seemingly common place for some to ignore history and its impact on our country and lives, our history matters, as do the imperfect humans who struggled to establish and preserve this country which has given us so much and, hopefully, will continue to do so.
When one is contemplative and not in a rush to get to work or to the gym or yoga class, or to handle the ever rising tide of practically undifferentiated communications and media, it may be both surprising and satisfying where one’s thoughts land. It is not merely – and cannot be – just about honoring the past and the dead but should also be about the future for us and for those who will follow.
So this is a good time to take stock and think about what comes next. Not just for this summer but for the near term if not much longer. Where are we with our lives, our families and friends, our work, our interests and where do we want to go with it all?

Think about your resources – your own abilities, knowledge and experience as well as assets – and those outside resources available to you – family and friends, colleagues, applications and services on the internet and products and services available directly to you. In that mix lies the answers to what you can do as well as what you need to do. Take that time and think a little about what was and will be. It’s worth it. 

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