Happy Memorial Day to all my fans and friends in the USA where this holiday (the last Monday in May) kicks off the summer vacation season. Many people probably don’t even know what it’s all about, other than being a day where a lot of people display an American flag (mine is up and waving in the breeze in front of my house).
Here’s a brief history: originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It started unofficially in 1865 — the Civil War was finally over after 4 long years of strife, hardship and killing — if you recalculated the number of war dead based on the population today, it would mean 4 million soldiers killed in 4 years! After the war, a grieving public decorated the soldiers’ graves, primarily in the Union states (a side note from my love of the Civil War era: the South was too crushed and devastated plus so many of the battles were in Northern states that if you lived in the South you did not have the resources to go visit the burial places if you even knew where your beloved sweetheart, spouse, father or child now lay).
Today, we still decorate gravesites with flags and flowers, in memory of those who lost their lives in the service of our country. Be sure to thank a vet today!
It is also an opportunity to reflect on other people in your life whom you have lost. If you are stuck in grieving someone who died, and you can’t seem to feel happy again, that can result in leading a stress-filled life where each day is a chore instead of a joy. My book “Forget Your Troubles” is part of a powerful new system I created called “Zap Your Stress” — it’s a home study course for getting back in the groove in your own life and fulfill your own soul’s purpose here. Check it out at zapyourstress.com — be sure to use the coupon ZAPME to get 50% off the price (coupon expires at the end of today so don’t wait).
your happiness guru,