The anticipation and the thrill of the unknown are part of the joyful experience of the holiday. That tangible, wrapped gift, resting in mystery under the evergreen certainly has the ability to honor and bless those in our lives.
On July 4th, the nation will join in concert to celebrate 237 years in the life of America. But more than fireworks, cookouts, baseball games or singing the national anthem, for many it’s the sight of the American flag that captures the spirit of Independence Day and the gratitude of a free people.
Recently, a friend told a story about how after his father passed away, he found stacks of dusty journals in boxes of his father’s keepsakes. As he flipped through the pages, he came across an entry from when he was about 7 years old that read, “Work is overwhelming right now, but I kept my plans to take my son fishing for the first time.”
Recently, a friend told a story about a woman he met who was about to undergo a risky brain surgery. Doctors prepared her for the worst, because in all likelihood, the invasive procedure would destroy her ability to speak.
Tall pines loom with authority over an undulating green. Sounds of nature echo across fuchsia flowers, green brush and 18 legendary yellow flags. A hushed crowd watches in anticipation, waiting patiently for the next swing. Suddenly, a distant roar explodes through pine trees and interrupts the pristine setting.
If a man only owns one thing in the kitchen, this should be it: a cast iron skillet. Durable, versatile (fire, stove or oven), balanced heat distribution – this tool can last a lifetime or two, if properly maintained.
It happens this time each year. With the celebration of Christmas behind us, and the New Year’s Eve champagne corks not yet popped, we take a reflective pause on the last twelve months.
Thanksgiving is approaching, but marketers are already trying to get our minds past our gratitude and on to our greed – which they hope will fuel our spending on Black Friday. Rather than rushing past the holiday of reflection on the meaningful parts of our lives, perhaps we should expand such introspection beyond once a year.