“Jealous Of The Angels”

66821_234091456740446_1156119800_nI posted this last year but felt the need to re share it with you as a reminder that Monday is NOT a holiday but a day to remember those who came before us, and those who give themselves today so that you and I have the freedom we sometimes take for granted.

We don’t have to allow the commercial aspect of marketing to rush us into the next holiday on the ‘list’ so quickly! Remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom should be savored. Remembering those who lost their lives regardless of the battle they fought should be remembered in our hearts forever.

Loss affects every one of us. Death will greet us all, eventually. Risking your life for the lives of others is the ultimate sacrifice. Material loss means nothing to those who survived a battle…of any kind. Loss puts life into perspective. We need to continue being the change we want to see in our world and appreciate the gift that those who came before us gave. Battles are fought but not always won, leaving a legacy behind to be remembered.

The Heroes who fought to give us our freedom are being whisked away too quickly so we can drown in the madness of gross obsession for stuff none of us need. Stuff! Where has all the meaning gone? Wants and needs have become one of the same. They are NOT the same. What we need is to get back to the basics before we can’t see through all the distractions swirling around us, calling us like a deep seeded addiction calls an addict. Consumerism…we have all taken a hit of that drug. STOP the madness!

I don’t think we take enough time to appreciate what’s truly important in life. Health, freedom, spirit, love, friendship, unity and peace. The essence behind what is lovely in life is being over powered by marketing, money and greed. We can’t allow the human spirit to be set aside for such meaningless garbage!

We are reminded often lately how precious life is. The love that is present in our hearts for those who gave their lives selflessly can’t be forgotten. Lest We Forget is a phrase to caution us against forgetting those who died in war.

We can’t take any of our possessions with us when we leave this world, but I do believe when one is awarded with a ‘medal of honour’ it transcends with whom it belongs in spirit. Honour in your own way those who left you behind. Give those you loved their very own medal of honour to take with them when they go.

Human spirit rises in tragedy. We naturally reach out to those who experience a loss, it’s human nature. Compassion is alive and well. We are surrounded by Heroes in memory and in life as are we surrounded by Angels. I like to believe our Heroes get first dibs on the Angels waiting…and our Angels are past fallen Heroes giving themselves once again.

“Jealous of the Angels”…by Jen Bostic

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911 Remembered

911 on set of Stargate September 11th 2001, a day that everyone can remember where they were and what they were doing.  I was in my trailer on set of the TV Series Stargate.  I was waiting for my Mom who was going to look after my baby girl while I did my part on the show.  When my Mom arrived she told me that a plane hit the World Trade Center.  I thought she meant a little Cessna plane.  She explained what she heard on the radio and we immediately went into the studio where the entire cast and crew stood silently gawking at the television.  Not one person could speak, we just stood and watched.  And then it happened, the second plane crashed into tower two right before our eyes, live.  The room was full of disbelief.  The only historical moment that even came close to this was the Kennedy assassination.

911 flood lights Whether or not your fears are large or small you can face them by changing how you think when the fear starts to surface.  When you stay in the moment you are able to deal with what is right in front of you.  Just as all the Brave Men and Women of 911 did on that frightening day 8 years ago.  You can never prepare yourself for a ‘Sept 11 th’ but you can celebrate the lives of those who had fear on that day and faced it head on to help complete strangers.

I decided right then I needed to be close to my family and living my life with no regret.  It put life in perspective for many of us.  We walked around after that day never really knowing when or if it would ever happen again.  Fear was in the mind of many.  Fear is hard to overcome, unless you are really willing to face it head on.  How do you even begin to face a fear so large?  You start small.  You move forward in life and celebrate the moments you are proud of.  You celebrate the people you are proud of.  You celebrate each and every moment that your life has to offer.

Heroes of 911

Today I will reflect back on the day that changed the way I live my life and I hope you will too.  I will celebrate and remember the Brave Heroes who were there helping others and while doing that they lost their lives.

honor tattoo for a sister lost in 911

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