If you're in the U.S., Happy Memorial Day! And to military members and retirees around the world, thank you for your service.
In the United States, Memorial Day is considered the start of summer - a day for picnics and camping and barbecues and celebrating the lovely weather. But I think it's important to remember what the day was designed to honor. Today is a day to honor those lost in service to our country. That's pretty heavy stuff.
So during your relaxing and celebrating today, take a minute to say a silent thanks to all those who gave their lives in service.
And maybe take a minute to think about how you can give back. I'm not saying you should up and join the military, of course. But what do you have to give back to your community? Many of us already include charity in our annual budgets, but giving back doesn't always mean money. Many times, what local organizations need is your time. And people of all skill levels are needed.
Not into group activities? How about helping a neighbor? Raking leaves and shoveling snow are great ways to help out, though perhaps not at this time of year. Maybe you could mow a neighbor's lawn. Have an elderly neighbor who you don't see out much? Stop by and say hi. Bring over some cookies that you "accidentally" made too many of. Keep an eye open for opportunities to help out. Big or small, you can always make a difference.