Sunday, November 10, 2013
Today is Remembrance Sunday here in the UK and tomorrow is Armistice Day.
I have been reading on the BBC Website about people having to leave their homes in a rush - taking precious possessions or leaving it all behind in the race to be safe, refugees in Syria mainly.
And it got me to thinking.
The times we live in are not easy - money is tight, and the world seems to be slowly imploding again.
This year has been hard - with the OH's diabetes and the trouble with work, money worries as prices have risen and this week has been hard - with ear infections and knee troubles and losing things and such.
But today - today I am thankful - I am healthy for the most part as is the OH. I have my health and I can move freely, we have a house with a roof and enough money to live, we have food in the fridge and a car to travel in. We have the things we want as well as need and we don't have to flee or be scared or worried. We can make informed choices about how we want to live and what we want to do.
The things that have been bothering me have felt like BIG things this week - but they're not - they're small things when I look at what is going on in the world. When compared to the sacrifices people have made to be safe, be it as soldiers or refugees
And so I am thankful.
Tomorrow I and the OH will join others from our city in an Armistice Day ceremony. We do it every year. We met ten years ago today and every year we used to go somewhere where there was people so we could spend those silent minutes together with others contemplating life and respecting those who have died.
It's developed into going to the Armistice Day Ceremony. We spend those minutes silently contemplating our lives together and remembering those who have fallen in wars over the years.
So I am thankful and we remember and we give thanks for what we have.