A Day for Perspective
Memorial Day is not simply a three day weekend. It's a day to honor those who gave their lives in the defense of the United States and its ideals.
It's a day of remembrance. A day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
And, yes, while we have the right to debate the wars that were fought, I don't think we can debate the commitment of the young men and women who led from the front.
As an immigrant, I've always been clear about the fact that the United States has afforded me opportunities that few other countries could. That's true for many, if not most, of us.
As such, Memorial Day is also a day for perspective.
Perspective, in the sense that, while we tend to view our own personal and professional challenges through a very serious lens, things are rarely as serious as we tend to make out.
Perspective, in the sense that, while we tend to look at our own trajectories as having a limited set of alternate paths, there are always options.
Perspective, in the sense that, few of our struggles will be life or death in the true sense of the phrase.
Sure, we will get caught up in our day to day lives, we will think of our lives as having very limited paths, that our own challenges couldn't be more serious to deal with. It's normal and natural.
But just for today, let's take a moment.
Memorial Day is a day for perspective. A day to understand, to remember, and be grateful.