Monday Photo Inspiration – Memorial Day

by matt on May 28, 2012

Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be. This Monday, May 28th (the last Monday in May) is Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  I like to think of it as the day we remind ourselves that each of us has the capacity and the calling to act on countless daily opportunities to serve.

Memorial Day

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~ Joseph Campbell

Canon 5D Mark II | Tamron 28-75 | 48mm | f/18 | 1/50th sec

It’s so easy to be cynical these days.  It’s easy to see the problems in the world, the suffering, the inequity.  It’s easy to get caught up in the “why” things are the way they are but I think this quote by Mother Teresa sums up why we shouldn’t belabor in those conversations.

“Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time … We are all God’s children so it is important to share His gifts. Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.“- Mother Teresa

There is happiness in helping and serving others.  A few of the organizations I support are Charity:Water who are dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to areas of the world that don’t have it.  I also love making micro-loans to entrepreneurs via Kiva which empowers them to better themselves and their community.

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” Martin Luther King Jr

To all who serve and sacrifice to make a better world for all – Thank You!

 

“Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can.” ~ William Arthur Ward
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