Sunday, November 10, 2013
We all want the good life.
We work long hours, endure stress, and face the demands of a fast paced, challenging world to secure the good life. There is a high price to pay for the good life.
The question is, "What is the 'good life'?"
For some, it is the acquisition of the right house in the right neighborhood. For some, it is the promotion that brings new perks and a higher income. For others, it is an abundance of leisure.
But is that really "the good life"?
Even with its flaws and deficiencies, we are blessed in this country with an freedoms that are unparalleled. We can speak freely. We can assemble without fear of reprisal. We can worship without oppression. We can chose to live our life the way we want.
That is the good life.
And that good life is costly.
Not in monetary terms, but in the sweat and sacrifice of those that have fought to give us those freedoms. Men and women that have set aside their ambitions and desires have sacrificed so that we can enjoy the good life we have today. Some endured unspeakable physical hardships and time away from their families. Some paid the ultimate price so that we can enjoy the freedoms associated with the good life.
Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, a day where we honor those who have served and are serving our country in the defense of our freedom.
These veterans have paid the price for our good life.
And so we honor them the only way we can: with gratitude.
Gratitude is thankfulness and appreciation for favors that have been bestowed on us. It is an acknowledgement that a price has been paid that is costly and dear. The gift of our freedom is precious and has been purchased at great price by those that have served and sacrificed and those that are serving today.
Their service has given us the good life.
As a free people that enjoy the good life, we honor our veterans.
And say thank you.