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Dr. Norris J. Chumley Satisfied Life

If you are in the U.S., we’re celebrating and honoring those who are not here with us.  The holiday was originally set to honor those dead from war and battles, but I like to remember everyone who has passed.  I also like to remember to take care of myself so that I will have a long life, by learning from those who lived and made mistakes before me.

So this Memorial Day, I say prayers for those souls who I once loved, and those who loved me.  I thank God for my ancestors, who never knew me, but lived their lives as best they could, and loved one another in the process of this mysterious life.  Generation after generation, my family, and those families by extension brought me here, and gave me the gift of God, my ultimate father (and mother), who gives me my life today, and the lives of others to come through me and my family.

Instead of the usual giant feast of food, centering yet another holiday on mass consumption – just another excuse for overeating or even bingeing – I want to do something else.  I want to do something active, use my body, and play to have fun.  I’m thinking of a game of badminton with friends and family.  Not so taxing, no running, no high-exertion.  Or a nice hike through the woods, appreciating and sharing the great outdoors, might be really energizing.  Or playing some really cool, high energy tunes to get everyone dancing.

As for the food, I want to do some healthier choices: green salad instead of mayonnaisey potato salad, broiled meat instead of fried, fruit salad instead of fatty cake.  This way, it’s a step towards a longer, healthier life, in honor of those who came before us.

How are you honoring your loved ones, and those who served our countries?  Please tell us by commenting, below.  How are you having a healthy Memorial Day?

If you are in the U.S., we’re celebrating and honoring those who are not here with us.  The holiday was originally set to honor those dead from war and battles, but I like to remember everyone who has passed.  I also like to remember to take care of myself so that I will have a long life, by learning from those who lived and made mistakes before me.

So this Memorial Day, I say prayers for those souls who I once loved, and those who loved me.  I thank God for my ancestors, who never knew me, but lived their lives as best they could, and loved one another in the process of this mysterious life.  Generation after generation, my family, and those families by extension brought me here, and gave me the gift of God, my ultimate father (and mother), who gives me my life today, and the lives of others to come through me and my family.

Instead of the usual giant feast of food, centering yet another holiday on mass consumption – just another excuse for overeating or even bingeing – I want to do something else.  I want to do something active, use my body, and play to have fun.  I’m thinking of a game of badminton with friends and family.  Not so taxing, no running, no high-exertion.  Or a nice hike through the woods, appreciating and sharing the great outdoors, might be really energizing.  Or playing some really cool, high energy tunes to get everyone dancing.

As for the food, I want to do some healthier choices: green salad instead of mayonnaisey potato salad, broiled meat instead of fried, fruit salad instead of fatty cake.  This way, it’s a step towards a longer, healthier life, in honor of those who came before us.

How are you honoring your loved ones, and those who served our countries?  Please tell us by commenting, below.  How are you having a healthy Memorial Day?