Remember & Celebrate

by Carol Hess on May 24, 2012

Here in the States, we are about to head into Memorial Day weekend.  Unofficially, it is the beginning of the summer season, replete with backyard barbecues, trips to the beach, fireworks, boating, swimming – the usual summer fun.

Officially, it is also the time to honor American soldiers who have died in service to their country and to remember loved ones who have passed on.  Parades are marched, flags are placed at national cemetaries, family graves are visited.

Memorial Day is schizophrenic.  On the one hand it honors life, particularly the unfettered, free-wheeling side of life known as summer vacation.  On the other hand it honors death, the ultimate freedom.

While we here in the States are remembering and celebrating, here’s what I would like you to remember and celebrate.

You’re a star.  You always have been, and you always will be.  Remember and celebrate that.

And you aren’t immortal.  One day, it will be your turn to die.  And you will be remembered and celebrated – or not.

What do you want to be remembered for?  Which life do you want to be celebrated?  The life you spent on the sidelines, playing it safe or the life you lived full tilt, making a difference?

Which way are you turning the dimmer switch on your genius light?  Down to a barely perceptible glow or all the way up to full shine?

The choice is yours.

Make it a good one.


by Carol Hess


Categories Carol's Musings, The Art of Star Polishing

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Sandi Amorim May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

yes, Yes, YES…1000X YES!

Dimmer switch or genius light…either way, at the end of your life they’ll throw you in a box, shove you in the ground and throw dirt on your face 😉


avatar Carol Hess May 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Yep. Nobody gets out of this alive, do they, Sandi? Is there anything worse than realizing your life is about to end and you never got around to living it? I don’t think so.


avatar Sarah O May 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Wow. When you put it that way I’m getting ready for some star shine. The clock is ticking, what do I want to be memorialized for? Thanks Carol


avatar Carol Hess May 25, 2012 at 1:21 am

What DO you want to be memorialized for, Sarah? It can be lots and lots of things. No need to limit yourself! :)


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