Veterans And Gratitude

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Joel’s newsletter on Veterans And Gratitude, November , 2009

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Last week was election day. Today is Veterans Day (for those readers in America). To me there is a clear connection. Today we honor those who defend the USA's freedom so that we can have elections in the first place.

Now I don't approve of war, and I don't think that most other people do either. But what about the people who serve in wars or other military activities, either voluntarily or non-voluntarily? They're not responsible for the wars; they're just doing their jobs, and often under unpleasant and dangerous conditions. Often the effects of their experiences last throughout their lives. They may or may not realize it at the time, but they're playing an important role in allowing the rest of us to enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy.

Not having served in the military myself, I find it difficult to relate to the kind of life our veterans experience. But it helps me come to the realization that everything has a price, and someone has to pay that price. Do we value the freedom and protection we have in this country? Maybe it's not everything we want, but look at what we have compared to other parts of the world.

It's easy to take things for granted, such as your country, your home, the air you breathe, and so on. As long as these are not threatened, we don't give much thought to them. It's strange, but it seems that we give little consideration to what is most essential to our lives. The events of 9/11 certainly shook us up. For one thing, we couldn't take for granted anymore the security that we once thought we had.

We don't have to wait for Veterans Day or a terrorist attack to appreciate what we have and what is dear to us - things we seldom give thought to. We can feel gratitude and appreciation any time.

So here's a question: What do you value or depend on, that you might be taking for granted? Some things that come to my mind are: the free country I live in, the ground that I walk on, my health, sunlight, clean water, a loving family, my ability to work, good food, my ability to see and hear, my life itself. Actually the list goes on and on.

Why bother to show gratitude for all these things that are we consider a "given"? Here are a few reasons.

  • They're not necessarily a "given" forever. So appreciate now while you do have your health, a place to live, and anything else that contributes to your well being.
  • What we appreciate and are grateful for, we value more. So we're more likely to take care of them.
  • We also enjoy more what we appreciate because we become more aware. That is, we can enjoy breathing the good air or feeling the earth under our feet in the moment.
  • The more we appreciate people or things, the more they will come back and serve us. Certainly this is true when you show appreciation for other people.
  • Gratitude and appreciation are very positive and uplifting emotions. They can help us feel more joy and fulfillment in our lives, and then others will feel more uplifted, too, when they're around us.

So let's thank a vet and while we're at it, appreciate our freedom and some of those other essentials in life that we enjoy, too!

Learning to appreciate and be thankful has greatly helped me to value and get more from my own life. I'd love to help you, too, find more fulfillment in your life through the power of appreciation, (and many other ways, too). Please contact me at or 973-701-1007 and I'll be happy to do a complimentary consultation with you.

Creative thinking tip

Put yourself in someone else's shoes. Then imagine seeing things from their point of view. Creative thinking has a lot to do with looking at things from different perspectives. And a good way to do that is to pretend you're someone else.

If you're not a veteran, imagine what it's like to be one. What different thoughts or feelings would you have about the American flag? What would come to mind when you think of the country where the veteran has served? You could go further by considering the different perspectives of a soldier at home vs. a soldier overseas, or a general in charge of the whole army. How many different perspectives can you think of in regards to what's going on in a place like Afghanistan or Iraq?

There are many, many possible new perspectives for any situation. Consider a few interesting ones and try to see from those viewpoints. It's fascinating how different the world can look to somebody else's eyes, even if you're only doing it in your imagination.

Quote of the week

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart

This statement does ring true with me. The power of a simple "thank you", if truly felt, is enormous. Even if we are praying for something we don't have, expressing gratitude for it presumes that it is so, and puts one in a place of being open to receive. This is what I believe prayer really is about.

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