“Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to never stop questioning.”
So many shared moments of pride and defining events associated with strong emotions start with the phrase, “I remember when …” As we come to the season of patriotic pride for Americans and Canadians, there is value in remembering historic examples of our countries’ abilities to come together for the greater good of all.
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt talked to Americans about the need for sacrifice—a sentiment echoed by England’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Canada’s Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Speaking to all of us—citizens of all ages—these leaders emphasized the need for sacrifice on behalf of the war effort. They talked about the unforeseen cost of defending liberty and freedom. They encouraged everyone to consume less, conserve more, and give up what might be considered “luxuries.” They stressed that we would need to cope with scarce resources of day-to-day staples and necessities.
In today’s world of economic turbulence and worldwide concerns regarding natural resources and conservation, it would serve us well to simplify, sacrifice, share, and serve. In lands of plenty, there are millions who do not have enough food, clothing, and shelter.
Touchmark’s Full Life Wellness & Life Enrichment Program encourages all residents and team members to conserve, recycle, share, and volunteer to enhance the well-being of ourselves and others. To find out about opportunities, contact the Life Enrichment/Wellness director at any Touchmark community. You can make a difference.