Today is Memorial Day, a day to remember those who lost their lives defending the American spirit of Freedom.
As we look around today, it may not feel like a great time for our country. Politically the country is very polarized; we were just instructed by both parties that the country needs to be brought back from the dead. All the while, most of us are too self involved to spend 5 minutes just thinking about and appreciating the sacrifices others have made for us (on second thought maybe we are in a bit of a funk).
Case in point – today, Memorial Day, on a day for rememberance and togetherness with family and community, my neighbor is having his roof done. Yes it is a small annoyance and only a minor transgression, but it highlights the fact that there is a lack of awareness and respect for others.
How You Honor Them
So with that in mind, I invite everyone to spend a moment, right now, and think on the sacrifice military parents make. They voluntarily sacrifice for the collective whole, regardless of your worthiness. They leave their families behind for days, months, and years. In some cases they leave them behind for good and it is all out of sacrifice.
If you are reading this and it’s not Memorial Day (pretty good odds…), I still invite you to take just a moment, just one moment, and think about that sacrifice. Remember them and let their sacrifice inspire you. They voluntarily left their loved ones behind for the benefit of all. Let that resonate in you and realize how lucky you are to have the opportunity to be with your family everyday.
Put down the phone, be with your family and be completely aware, loving and attentive. That is how you honor those who sacrificed for you. That is what Memorial Day is about – honoring & remembrance.
This is a site about Paternity Leave. It may be hard to make the connection between someone else’s sacrifice and your family at first, but it’s there. It’s connected because it shows us how to live better lives, full of purpose. They inspire us to be better Dad’s out of the recognition that others aren’t afforded that opportunity. Countless veterans and active duty members have sacrificed their most precious possession – time with their families – to give you the opportunity to safely raise yours.
Do Not Waste It
So with that, Happy Memorial Day & a huge thank you to all veterans and military parents who each day forfeit a part of themselves by being away from their families. It is hard for me to imagine a sacrifice greater than that and yours is recognized.
Note: I am not, nor have I ever been in the military. Therefore it would be out of line for me to comment or advise on the proper way for service members to take paternity leave. If you have insight into this or took it yourself, please shoot me an email so we can share some helpful advice. From what I read, military paternity leave was extended from 10 to 14 days in 2016. Progress!