On May 25, cities all around the U.S. will be celebrating Memorial Day with patriotic revelries to pay respect to the heroes who gave their lives for our country.
I often wonder in a world of “I, Me and Myself”, when everyone is in a pursuit of personal happiness, what drives these young men and women to value their resolve over their lives? Today as the American flag proudly sways in every nook and corner of the city and the veterans’ graves are decorated with wreaths, I pause to reflect on the essence of their lives. They lived and died for a purpose which was larger than them. This is the very essence that differentiates a “giver” from a “taker”.
The real meaning of life and long lasting happiness is to give, it brings in fulfillment. It’s like having a commitment and not a casual, short-lived relationship with life.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 4 out of 10 Americans have not discovered a satisfying life purpose. Forty percent either do not think their lives have a clear sense of purpose or are neutral about whether their lives have purpose.
Research has shown that having reason and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression.
The prime reason for brave men and women to stand up for a nation over and above their personal interests makes them so resilient and focused. Whatever you are set out to achieve remember it has to serve a purpose bigger than you, in other words set goals that are ecological and yes don’t be a scatter brain, find the one purpose for which you are here, I have found mine and that is to reflect and peel off the layers to understand life better and share my reflections with you all.
It’s important to remember that the courageous ones we’re honoring today died not only for our freedom as a nation, but for each one of us personally to live a safe and better life. To those of you currently serving in the military, we pay our regards to you with the utmost respect and gratitude and wish you a happy and peaceful Memorial Day.
Let’s share our experiences of life which have left a mark in our hearts.
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