A Bigger World Than Me

flagveteransThis morning, I stood in the doorway of my office building squeezed in with other staff members as my  School District’s ROTC students raised the flag. A patch of blue sky broke through the clouds, darker ones waiting to roll in just to the West. A light wind rippled the red and white stripes. The choir started to sing the National Anthem, and with my own hand over my own heart, I sang proud.

Days like today make me blush with respect and gratitude. I am grateful for my life, all the messiness, all the joys.

Days like today remind me of how great big our world is. How it’s filled with beauty, history, and life.

Days like today make me proud to be me. I am grateful for all the second and first chances I’ve been given. I am grateful to the soldiers, and the professionals who put themselves out there to protect, to serve, and to make our world a greater and better place. So thank you to every noble human being who serves in just about any and every capacity. We need all of you. You matter. You make a difference. You make the world a better place, a healthier happier place where where we can be free.

And today, I also need to share my one proud moment with my baby girl as I dropped her off at preschool this morning. The pavement at school was  littered with acorns and bright fall leaves. I handed her, her purse nervous she might step wrong and tumble down on the ground. I bent down and said, “Be careful baby, there are a lot of acorns on the ground and I don’t want you to fall, okay?”

She said back in her sweet little voice, “Ok, mommy, and you be careful too.”

I smiled. I am still smiling proud at how my little 3-year-old girl sees this world as a bigger place than just herself, too. And in spirit of gratitude, I leave you with this last thought:

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on November 11, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Very lovely my friend. And such a beautiful response from your little cupcake too. I just had lunch at Applebee’s and there was a sea of veterans inside either alone or with their families. I thought to myself, what a wonderful way to say thanks to all the active duty, reservists and retirees, regardless of age, gender or color. But you know, we receive thanks almost every day in other ways. When I look in my kids and grand kids faces, the wonders of nature all around us, the elderly who want to be loved and not forgotten and sales people and clerks in different establishments, that give you a quick smile and a warm greeting. That’s the real thanks I get in my life and I receive it all the time, everyday of the week. We appreciate this one day of the year that is set aside for vets and all military personnel and, I for one, would serve all over again. I love my country dearly and do you know what? Life is good and it’s all worth it. Thank you again my friend for remember not just us, but what is really important to us all. Much love to you and your family.

  2. Thank you so much for your wonderful reflection. Hugs. May the rest of your week be just as great. :0)

  3. Erika, congrats for your view of the world! Good things can only come to you in return because of your kindhearted expectations and beliefs. You deserve to receive and you will receive only wholesome goodness back from the omnipotent universe 🙂 Thank you for your kind comments on my blog post by the way. God bless!

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