Beyond individual flags…blessing the world on Memorial Day

Flag atop World War II Submarine in Marquette


 On Memorial Day, I give thanks for this life.  For this particular country in which I find myself, its flag flying gently in the late May breezes. 

 I give thanks to freedom.  To the freedom to express ourselves.  What a delightful gift!  

 I remember that freedom is a gift…and honor that gift with my whole heart.   

Marquette ore dock seen through chain link fence


 I do not separate myself from the other states and countries of the world, thinking myself superior.  I bless and applaud every country which heralds individual freedom and seeks to allow the individual self-expression.  

 I bless this world, spinning blue and green in the cosmos.    

Anchor chain on dock


 Where there are chains in this world:  may they be released. 

 Where there is poverty and indignity:  may there be sharing and more sharing and still more sharing. 

Red ball reflected in blue Lake Superior


 May we think of our brothers and sisters, wherever they might be on this spinning globe.  May we open our hearts and fists and share with the less fortune of our relatives.   

Step down this ladder into the Mystery...


 May we look down and see only stars.  May we look up and see only Possibility.  May we continue to open our hearts, even when our minds suggest they close down in prudence.  May we remember those less fortunate.  May we bless those who revere Freedom, true freedom, for all of us. 

Dock and reflection


 In the reflection of this day, may we plant flowers at the graveside of those who have passed before us.  May we feel only gratitude for our lives.  May we see beyond boundaries, beyond distinctions, beyond limits!  May we see the Oneness in each other, shining ever-beautiful through our differences. 

 Happy Memorial Day!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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21 Responses to Beyond individual flags…blessing the world on Memorial Day

  1. Robin says:

    Beautifully written. Beautifully photographed. Beautifully expressed with a combination of the two.

    Thank you. 🙂

  2. holessence says:

    What a beautiful blessing. Amen — and so it is.

  3. Carol says:

    Yes, yes. As has been said, beautifully written, beautifully photographed, beautiful job of combining photos and words.

  4. karma says:

    Very nicely said.

  5. P.j. grath says:

    Second try at leaving comment: Thank you, Kathy, for this entire post but especially for my favorite sentence in it: “May we continue to open our hearts, even when our minds suggest they close down in prudence.” Amen!

  6. Thank you for this beautiful tribute.


  7. pearlz says:

    A wonderful blessing, and all that back at you Kathy (:

  8. Well written and presented. May all those who read this, understand it.

  9. Kathy says:

    I have heard it said that when we come to earth we first mature to love ourselves. When our love gets big enough it extends to our immediate family. As we open wider, our love extends to our state and country. As we mature even more, it extends to our world. It then extends to the cosmos. In opening our hearts to love, we open ourself back up to our true nature. Thus the cycle of life completes itself…and spirals outward yet again.

    thank you all for commenting and sharing your love of self, family, country, world and beyond!

  10. jhsketch says:

    A great post and beautiful photographs!!

  11. Cindy Lou says:

    Wonderously said, Kathy….amen and amen!

  12. Kathy says:

    Thank YOU, Cindy. I liked expanding Memorial Day to include the larger world.

  13. Reggie says:

    Beautiful sentiments, Kathy. 🙂

    In the run-up to the World Cup Soccer Tournament, which is starting this FRIDAY (!), we’re all becoming more and more excited about all the different nations that will be participating in the tournament. There’s so many colourful flags being sold – especially the South African flag, of course – but also those of other countries, so it’s becoming more and more festive here. I always love seeing tourists and visitors from all over the place coming to our country and our amazing, multicultural city, and this is a really exciting event for us. 🙂

  14. Kathy says:

    Hi, Reggie! Sometimes I think other countries (other than the US) have a more multicultural awareness. Although I could be wrong… One of my greatest hopes would be that more people in our country could feel this expanded awareness. I can feel your excitement for the World Cup Soccer Tournament! I’ll bet you’ll be blogging about it…

  15. Barbara says:

    Well said, Kathy! Somehow I missed this blog earlier – was out in the garden for a couple of days. I love your well chosen words: “May we open our hearts and fists and share.” Amen!

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, it is truly lovely that you wandered back among the blog pages to find this. Hope your garden is blossoming beautifully now. I know your heart is!

  16. sonali says:

    This is a beautiful post. Freedom is such a gift! You have composed really well. I love the photographs. The deep blue lake looks superb and the one with the step ladder is mysterious!!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Sonali! Thank you for reading some of my old posts…hugs! The photographs did turn out nice here, didn’t they? Thank you for your kindness and your visit here.

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