What did you implement last week? Did you discover some black and white thinking?
What comes to mind when you read the words Memorial Day?
If you have lost a loved one in the armed forces then you might be overtaken by sorrow and grief.
If you haven't, you might be happy for a day off.
If you have family and friends nearby, you might be planning a picnic.
It also signals the beginning of summer in the US.
I always find it interesting, how different families celebrate holidays. And since I didn't grow up in the US, I find it interesting how different cultures celebrate various holidays. Did you ever wonder how certain customs came to be?
Someone made a decision to honor somebody or a group of people and then we observe a certain holiday.
If you are among the readers who lost someone while serving in the United States armed forces, I am truly sorry and my sympathy is with you.
I want to encourage you to spend the day the way you deem best.
Listen to your self and ask, "What do I need? Do I need rest and be with myself or do I need to be with family and friends?" This might be a strange question, especially as we remember those who gave of themselves freely. But you, the reader, are worthy to be remembered too, and that is my job.
I bring to your attention that you have needs, and desires and feelings that need to be considered by YOU.
I know this isn't easy. So what custom can you start today that is healthy for you?
Listen to yourself and your feelings. Don't push them aside.
Often our body tells us something or our gut feeling, but we are so BUSY that we ignore it.
Would you like to learn more about morning and evening routines that will help you live a healthier life physically, spiritually and emotionally? Let me know.
See, you can have your own custom = the definition is : a traditional and widely accepted way of behaving.
And it starts just like Memorial Day; with a decision!
Today, I just want you to start thinking about why you do what you do. See what comes up.
However you celebrate this holiday, make sure you are present.
Present with the grief.
Present with the joy of being with family.
Present with the people around you.
Present with yourself.
And if you want to change the way you observe this day, it’s only a decision away.
You are loved. Deeply loved. Loved beyond measure.
Until next time, Isabelle
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