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There are so many changes in our world and fast-moving media with blaring criticisms, that we rarely hear about the small town pride and patriotism that can exist.

In small town Kensington, Maryland, one such event took place on July 4th.  Two roads were closed keeping a small park protected from traffic.  Parents brought their children on bikes, and in strollers, for a mid-morning July 4th parade on wheels.  Bicycles decorated with American flags and creative flourishes of red, white, and blue, mixed with strollers festooned with balloons and banners.  An ice cream truck was parked near the curb and parents sat with their toddlers on blankets on the grass.

At 11 a.m. the parade commenced. Children learned about their flag, their home, and country to develop pride, faith, history and about Independence of the national and freewheeling kind.

Red-faced, but happy, children walked hand-in-hand with their parents in the bright sunshine and high temperatures.  Warm, sticky, but glowing with fun and good cheer, memories were created and associated with a time of simple pleasures and gratitude for freedom and opportunity.

Observing the event, it did the same for me.

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being told you are appreciated is the simplest and most uplifting

Watch carefully the reaction when you express thanks and appreciation to someone for an effort that they have quietly made.  So many feel that what we do is not seen, nor appreciated, and taken for granted.  Yet, observing, acknowledging, and complimenting literally uplifts a person’s spirit, well being and how one carries him or herself.

To be able to achieve such a positive influence for another, however brief, is a miracle we are capable of creating.

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Once you begin to use your humanity and empathy to look around you, you discover that those whom you love – as a friend, sister, neighbor, coworker, or other souls that you connect with – you recognize that you are both survivors and that is a connection of strength and acknowledgement.

Trauma comes in many different forms and scars form around our hearts.  No matter how positive we are or how “perfect” we try to be, there is no such thing.  Life brings us highs and lows; we experience feelings and scenarios that we never expected.  There is no vindication or justice.  Whether it is addressed in the world to come, or through Karma, or the passage of time…… our pain is real and the feelings that we have attached to our particular situation.

To anyone who is trying to continue to be strong, we feel our pain deeply at times when we face it head on.  Many may avoid it through different means and masks to stop feeling.  Others, need support for those times that they are dragged under in deep emotion, longing, despair, or perceived weakness.

True survivors, and those who continue to learn from their struggles and challenges, have learned that a trial by fire can enlighten.  We can lessen pain for someone else by sharing ours, or empathizing as no other can, by our shared humanity.

We know what it feels like to be estranged, traumatized, abused, mistreated, suffer, grieve, mourn, and experience loss in a myriad of ways.  Each time, it feels as if someone has asked us to remove a limb, a solid piece of our beating heart that feels as if it will never return or regenerate to make us whole again.

But, we can fill the spaces, however temporarily, by reaching out to another and acknowledging their fight and survival without diminishing it or labeling it.  We can merely hold their heart in our hands for a few moments and help to carry the too-heavy load for just awhile so that they do not have to walk alone.

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Keep going and look for the humor.  As long as we are able to find something to smile about, however quirky, like us, we can rise to any occasion with an untapped inner strength.
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