A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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  1. PLEASE & THANK-YOU
  2. EXCUSE ME
  3. MAY I?
  4. I APPRECIATE THAT
  5. YOU ROCK MY WORLD

Who else remembers Captain Kangaroo???  I DO!

When did we stop teaching children the MAGIC WORDS???  When did we start raising little people who seem content to take without feeling obliged to be grateful?  Somebody dropped the proverbial ball…  and they need to pick it up.

No matter who you are, you appreciate a person who appreciates you!  For the effort you put forth for another, whether it’s a family member, friend, or acquaintance, you want to be recognized.  Most of us do not expect a Dixieland band to be hired in appreciation, but is it too much to ask for a simple “thank-you”?  I don’t think so.

It’s my hope and prayer that we take back the sense of entitlement that seems to be trying to take over our youth.  They need to be taught that words are important and the right words can make or break another person’s day, especially when someone has made an effort to do something nice.

This generation of ENTITLEMENT needs to end.  We need to teach our young people that no one is born into this world and automatically given everything without earning it.  I know we want our children and grandchildren to have a better life than we had, but handing it to them on a silver platter may not be the best way to ensure that happens.  There’s something about knowing you have worked for something that makes you appreciate it more.

I was taught to honor and respect those who are older than me.  If an older person did something nice, I was taught to write a thank-you note in appreciation.  I remember the first “e-thank you note” I ever received.  I had mixed feelings about it.  On one hand, the young woman took the time to acknowledge the gift.  On the other, it felt less than proper somehow.  These days, it’s common to receive email acknowledgements, so I guess that’s something I just need to roll with.  As long as a gift is acknowledged and appreciated, regardless of the media used to do so, I think it’s okay.  I’ll still sit down and write a note, but that’s because I’m old and set in my ways.

Gratitude is not something that comes naturally to us.  It must be taught from a very young age.  If we can teach children to first be grateful to God, then to others, it means so much.  Magic words matter…  they really do!  🙂

 

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VETERAN’S DAY

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KEEP YOUR CHIN UP

I’ve been disillusioned with my country!  Recent events have made me shake my head and say, “Surely this isn’t happening here in the United States!  When did we stop supporting our brave men and women in the military?”

When I heard about hundreds of Veterans being put on “hold” at VA facilities instead of receiving the care they so desperately needed (some of them died as a result), I was literally sick.  The men and women who willingly defended the United States deserve nothing less than the best our country can give them – there is no statute of limitations or time limit.  Whether that Vet served during World War II,  the Vietnam conflict or the Middle East, we as a country need to do our best for them.  Shame on us!  It’s an upside-down world when we pay a man so much money to wear a football helmet, yet a man wearing a soldier’s helmet gets so little.  I don’t understand why it has to be that way.

A Marine, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, had to stay in a Mexican prison for SEVEN MONTHS!  Everyone knows that he has PTSD and folks like me don’t have a clue what he’s had to endure!  It chapped my hide to hear the horror story of what he went through in that prison for so long.  He even got so despondent he tried to take his own life.  What makes me so angry is that  the President of the United States could have picked up the phone and gotten him out much MUCH sooner.  Did he do that?  Does he care?  NO!  He could not be bothered – not in the least.  Not a smidge! 

To say I prayed is an understatement.  I prayed and hoped that someone with some influence – (that’s not me – hate to burst your bubble) – could help him.  My prayers were answered.  Two angels came forward to help Sgt. Tahmooressi – Greta Van Susteren and Montel Williams.  There are GOOD people in this country!  Praise God! 

It’s been proven that soldiers with PTSD are helped by service dogs.  We all know how comforting our 4-legged friends can be every day.  They are especially crucial for those who are traumatized.  Dogs have such a calming effect on us and they let us know it’s going to be okay.  For years animal therapy has been beneficial for the elderly and others who live alone or in nursing homes.

May our country take a turn for the better and be good to our military – former and current.

We need to begin to TREASURE and honor our military in the United States once again instead of disrespecting it.  Let’s thank God for the men and women who willingly defend us!

If you are a Veteran and reading this post – thank you!  Know that God is pleased and Jesus loves you!  Have a blessed Veteran’s Day!  ❤