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Monday, 12 November 2012

Mondays Offering...Lest we forget

Here is Canada
yesterday was Remembrance Day
 a day we remembered those who fought
in the wars of our past
for our freedom and others.....

a horrible thing
where no ones wins...

This is also the time of year that my husband and I 
a WWII mini series that fictionalizes
the history of Easy Company...
The events portrayed are based on research
and recorded interviews with actual Easy Company veterans.

War movies or shows
are not really my thing...
my sensitive heart has a hard time watching
such realities...
But this mini series is different
I think it is because of the actual real men
that are interviewed throughout
the series
it makes it that much more personal
and so much more awakening.

Last night we watched an episode
in which the war is now coming to and end
Easy Company has entered Germany
and Hitler is about to be reported dead.
In this episode the young men of Easy come face to face
with the horrors of the death camps, 
as they come across one while scouting
the forest
This episode holds some very powerful moments
as you can well imagine...

What I was reflecting on this morning
was how when the men found the camp
and all the emancipated prisoners,
their first instinct, in the shock they were in.
was to feed the prisoners
and feed them quickly...
they opened the gates and brought in 
what ever food they could find in the near by village
of course, thinking this was for the best...

When the "higher ups" came to access the situation
Easy Company was told to get the men
back in the gates and cease feeding them.

This was a hard truth to take.
As the "specialist" relayed to them
the prisoners were starving
and their bodies very deteriorated...
by feeding them this way
the men would eat themselves to death...
Also the men needed to be contained
so they could be medically treated
and tended to in a safe continued environment
before being transported.

To have to tell the former prisoners this truth 
was absolutely excruciating for the solider
who translated this news to the men...
it is a powerful scene.

It made me think about how we,
in our lives,
see something we want
or awaken a desire in our hearts
and how in our society
we are taught 
 to take from it right away...
that we are entitled to 

Seeing those men reminded me about how we are
starving and vulnerable
and though we see what it is we want
it takes time to get there
we must be kind and gentle to ourselves
we must go through different stages 
to get ourselves ready
that the instant gratification 
can be more dangerous
than beneficial for us

Society doesn't teach us to wait
we are not taught to be still
we are taught to be productive...
we are taught to do.

Take time my lovelies
to enjoy the voice of nature
to enjoy the peace of stillness
feed your soul
take your time
be free
many have died 
so you can have this choice...

Love and Light


  1. Wow Cat, this is such a POWERFUL post. I have been quite guilty of rushing, taking, grabbing. This is such a vivid picture to remind me to be still, be grateful and to give.
    Catherine Denton

  2. In NZ our day of rememberance is ANZAC Day - April 24th the day the ANZACs landed in Gallipoli in Turkey -
    This year November 11th really captured my heart - after all it was only May this year we stood upon those battle fields in the towns that had been flattened and amongst the many many graves

  3. what a reminder. so powerful. i really needed this tonight. i needed to hear "take your time". i so needed that. I also needed the words war,no one wins because my grandfather fought for the "other side". I had no family on this side of the ocean involved in war and it was always something I struggled with every remembrance day. my grandfather had no choice. he lived in the time of nazi germany and all that psychotic mess. he died on the russian front running for the truck that was rescuing those soldiers. he was shot in the back. so I really get that no one wins. my father lost his father, my grandmother lost the love of her life. it's sad all the way round. this post really touched me. how i love your voice xo

  4. Hi beautiful friend.. hopping over to leave some love while my company scooted out for a few.
    Love you... xo Amy

  5. the tears always flow like crazy when I watch WWII movies or shows, always thinking about my grandfathers and what they must have witnessed and experienced.

    very moving and insightful post, Cat. thank you for sharing. xo

  6. Dear Cat your post is beautiful, I have a hard time with this Remembrance Day, I'm anti war and find it a difficult subject to find any sort of resolution in my heart. Having said that my father fought in world war II, I honour his and every other soldier's bravery. My grandson is now in military training, there has to be a better way, that is why we keep going in 'love and light'.x

  7. Instant gratification. Too many are looking for something to fulfill them. They are starving for love, trying to fill a void but they don't know how. We go shopping to find joy. We want things. What we really need is to give of ourselves to others. To teach our children the history of who we are and where we came from, and most importantly, to slow down. That is the biggest challenge in the world today. We are off track. How can we undo that?
    War...what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'.


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