Being a Cheer Leader always looks like fun and actually it is fun! Under the most trying circumstances, there are a many ways to be lifted up and pull out the positive features. Just today, I attended the Funeral of an old friend. We knew each other for about 40 years and would always greet each other with a hug and cheerful interaction. I must say today was sad and yet so uplifting.
The gentleman who died this week was 93, faith filled, and ready to meet his wife in the eternal life. His next two generations were seated in the pews and friends were scattered around to celebrate his life. I ran into another person during the service; another witness to the Godly ways of the world. I witnessed tears, smiles, and hugs. All offered to one another as a form of empathy, understanding, and support.
Embracing life and all its challenges keeps us on our toes. We are supposed to be an example for one another. What kind of example are you? Do you go out of your way to embellish the gifts of those around you? Do you have a good joke to share or something that can help them navigate the journey?
When I was a child, I loved parades. We lived near a parade route and I would go to every one that our community celebrated. The Marching Bands of the local schools, the floats honoring the Kings and Queens of different High Schools, the Firetrucks, and bright customs and the various groups passing out candy and gadgets, made my day. I saw smiles, and the Veteran’s in uniform saluting the flag. So many wonderful and respectful measures were taken!
Let us show respect for those who serve our communities, our nation, and our elderly. Let us give back to them credit for all the wonderful examples of work ethics, of showing up daily, of attending Church, and being our cheerleaders. Blessings for a great day!