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I Remember

“We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.” – Heather Robertson

If anything, Remembrance Day is a day to reflect. It is a day to have a moment of silence at 11 am and give thanks to all those who fought and survived, and to those who died for their country. It’s a day of collective action, where we come together as a united nation to show our support and gratitude to all who served and to those currently enlisted; the red Poppy being our symbol of solidarity.

I grew up in a strong military town, although my family was not a part of the military, we were always surrounded by many families that were. We would be woken up by the sounds of planes flying overhead and practice artillery being used. We could feel the vibrations from impacts. Groups of soldiers would be placed on base to go through extensive training usually for 3 months. That’s 12 weeks of being away from their homes and families. They get put up in bunks or tents depending on what their training is. It is not an easy life, but they willingly sacrifice for our safety and protection.

I remember it being difficult in school, when I would make friends with someone and then they would be relocated over the summer and I wouldn’t see them again. It is not only the sacrifice for the soldier, but for their families as well. It takes strong people to be uprooted and leave people behind and start over again in a new community. I don’t only remember fallen soldiers on the day of remembrance, but of those who are currently serving their country and their devoted families that are standing behind them.

When I was little and we had Remembrance Day ceremonies at school, I remember it being boring and that I didn’t really want to sit there and listen to Veterans speak. But now, I cherish it. I have close friends who completed high school, joined the military and have gone overseas and I worry and pray that they come home safe. I am grateful that I have such brave people in my life who gave up theirs for their country.

Remembrance Day to me is a day of reflection, tribute, and gratitude. A day to remember those who have fought and fallen, a day to honor those that so graciously served their country, and a day to give thanks to those who are keeping us safe. I proudly wear a poppy on my chest, closest to my heart.

All proceeds of the Poppy soaps and lip balms, when purchased in the month of November, will all go directly to The Royal Canadian Legion. These contributions directly support Canada’s serving and retired Veterans and their families, while ensuring Canada never forgets.29177_legion_remembrance_twibbon_eng

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Today’s inspiration: “Be somebody that makes everybody feel like somebody.” – Kid President

This simple sentence really says a lot and it really tugged on my heart strings. And it really changed how I acted to everyone around me this week. All I want for those around me is to feel loved, appreciated and to feel like somebody. We don’t always know what is going on behind closed doors. Someone could be struggling and never speak out, feeling down or helpless. Wouldn’t it be such a phenomenal feeling to know that you did something for that person that made them feel good, even just for a moment?

I suffer from anxiety and depression and I am so fortunate to have people in my life who love me and take the time to make me laugh or say something nice, and I feel like my old self for a while. We don’t always know that someone is struggling at work, having a family crisis, or just feeling bad about themselves.

So I encourage and challenge you to take a moment and do something nice and uplifting for another person this week. It doesn’t need to be something elaborate, it’s the small things that sometimes seem insignificant that really do mean the most to people. Send them an email with a funny meme for a little laugh, bring them a coffee for a midday perk, or tell them that they look nice today or that they are doing a good job, maybe ask their opinion about something to let them feel included.

This past week I brought my loving dog into work with me and everyone loved having that little goofball running around looking for cuddles and treats. It was an easy thing for me to do, it made my days a little trickier having to watch and be conscious of when we needed to go for a walk outside but it brought a lot of joy into the office. And we were all a little nicer to each other.

Drop me a note and let me in on what you did to make someone’s day! We are all in this together. #sharethelove