The world is moving so fast. It’s all about fast these days. We are expected to go faster, to be faster, to do faster.
When we are too fast, we are barely looking forward and hardly looking back. And that means not enough remembering.
On a day where we are to celebrate those who have fought for our freedom, will you take that moment of silence at 11 a.m.? Will you go slow – or to be precise, stop – for just sixty seconds? Will you let your mind slow down even while you are quiet for that moment? Will you remember to remember?
We have plenty of tools to remind us of things, yet it’s not often we use them to remind us of the things that are “big picture important” – like showing gratitude, disconnecting so that we can better connect with our fellow man, and living our lives instead of chronicling them on every social network we can find. In order to really reflect and remember, we need to slow down. Only we can control that – and it won’t come easy.
Right now there is not enough remembering because we have somehow sped up time. Today is a great opportunity to start slowing down and really examine life. Why not start that habit off right by doing it in honor of those who have helped defend our freedom? It’s the very freedom that gives us that ability to speed up or slow down as we see fit.
Take the time to make the time. Life is so much better when you do. And that’s what those we honor today were fighting for: a better life for all.
Photo by Elliott Brown on flickr.com – Some Rights Reserve