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The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

unexamined-lifeToday here in the USA is Memorial Day. This is a national holiday to remember and honor those fallen military individuals who gave their lives for our country.  To remember is to reflect and thus keeps us from living these words of Socrates over 2000 years ago.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Reflection is the examination of one’s life. There are different ways to reflect:

  • Journaling
  • Praying
  • Exercising
  • Thinking
  • Meditating

Each of these actions allow us to examine our lives so we make each day better than the previous one. So invest the time to reflect and remember not just today, but every day so that you do not lead an unexamined life and your life indeed is worthy of living.

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Memorial Day Is the Price We Pay To Be Entrepreneurs

Today, here in America, we celebrate Memorial Day.  This day is set aside to honor the dead service men and women who died serving and protecting this incredible country.

As entrepreneurs, small business owners to even those in sales, honoring those men and women is the price we pay beyond the day to day grind, the taxes, the obstacles we encounter as we continue to strive to grow our businesses to increase sales to enjoy life in those precious free moments.

How we honor those brave souls is an individual choice.  The important action is to take some action be it a prayer at a church gathering, a visit to a cemetery, the hanging of a the US Flag.

Here is a short movie – The Dash – to appreciate this special day.  After viewing this 3 minute DVD, then consider the words to a familiar tune many of us have heard. (Note: There are no official words to this tune, but these appear to be the most popular.)

Taps

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

 

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Happy Memorial Day

In my weekly business column for the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana, I wrote about Memorial Day as a salute to leadership and provided some not so common facts. If you have a moment, please read it and share your thoughts there, back here or even on Facebook.

Today is a day to thank those leaders who have fallen in service of our country as well as those who have served and are no longer with us.

For without their service,

we would not be the greatest county

in the world.

God Bless America!

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Memorial Day – Decorations Day – A Time to Remember

Today is Memorial Day or what was formerly called Decorations Day. In my weekly business column, I discussed a little about the history of this day. This posting is more of a personal nature and not the usual sharing about sales, marketing, leadership or general business.

My father might have been a casualty of WWII, but for some reason after laying on the beach for 24 hours with his face half blow off, a bayonet in his chest and shrapnel in his legs and probably presumed dead or not worth the effort to haul his body back to the recovery vehicles, two medical corp men decided to bring him to the hospital ship. (I believe there is a lot of value in the phrase “tough dumb Swede.”) The ship went to Australia and my father was the first injured soldier off that ship even before some wounded colonels and other officers. He was flown to San Diego, CA where he spent almost 2 years in at a army hospital where they repaired the damages.

Of course his brother’s son was not so lucky. Robert Hoagland who also served in the Army died in combat in the European theater.

Many brave military men and women have given their lives in the service of this country. Some have been fortunate to survive war and return to the loving arms of their family and friends.

Today is a day to remember, to reflect about those fallen heroes who have given their lives thus allowing We the People to enjoy the freedom that our founding fathers fought so hard over 200 years ago.

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