May 25, 2015 1:12 pm
The following poem from exactly a century ago, Canadian John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”, remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. This poem is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres Salient in the spring of 1915 but is relevant to those who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and today in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
It was very nearly not published. Dissatisfied with it, McCrae tossed the poem away, but a fellow officer retrieved it and sent it to newspapers in England. The Spectator, in London, rejected it, but Punch published it on 8 December 1915. Here it is, and it summaries what Memorial Day is all about:
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
And thank you for being willing to die for your county.
This blog is a summary of an email I received from someone most close to me who serves and sacrifices daily…….
May 22, 2015 12:44 pm
When I was new to recovery I did not have a Higher Power. Folks kept talking about this Higher Power as “GOD”. I did not believe in “GOD”, but there were many acronyms that I heard floating around the rooms that I could use as a “GOD” substitution –
Group Of Drunks
Good Orderly Direction
Gift of Desperation
Grow or Die
Getting off Drugs
Great Out Doors!
Now Great Outdoors is one I could relate to!!!! This is where I found my higher power and eventually I “Came to Believe”.
The Great Outdoors is where I still find my “Higher Power” as well as in and all around me….
“For deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.” Big Book p. 55
When was the last time you read ‘We Agnostics” in the Big Book? It had been quite some time for me…. What a life-changing chapter… And life-saving.
May 14, 2015 1:07 am
I have always said that I am a realist…
Now is that half-full? Or half-empty?
I do not like to admit this, but over time I have learned that I just might be more of a half-empty kinda gal…..
When I was in my disease I was half-empty – hands down! Over time I have learned about gratitude. When I begin to focus on what I am grateful for, it really does not matter whether that glass is half-empty or half-full!
My conclusion is:
Why not just be “Grate Full”?
May 7, 2015 10:06 pm
Easy Does It: What exactly does this mean? Through sobriety the phrase “Easy Does It” takes on many different meanings and comes in handy at a variety of times.
Recently, I was reminded of this slogan when I was rushing to go on errands – hurrying to get things done for an upcoming trip. I was in such a hurry that I backed up into my garbage can ignoring the loud radar warning my car was omitting!! “SOMETHING IS BEHIND YOU!!!!” – then CRASH…..
Needless to say my serenity was not worth the rush!! “Easy Does It” is what came to me. I stopped, breathed and then went on with my day at a consciously slower pace.
I am reminded again of “Easy Does It” today when I was told how much it will cost to repair my tail light!!!
In early sobriety one of the first things we are told is “Easy Does It”. Hummm, who knows what this means in early sobriety??? What do you mean I can’t have 10 years of sobriety in just one week?? What is suggested is to relax and just listen – in other words “Easy Does It”.
What it really boils down to is remembering to – TAKE IT EASY, RELAX, and BREATHE!