Several years ago, one of my business associates and friends took his life. I don’t why. It’s sad in several ways. His family and friends miss him certainly. He had been blessed with enormous talent, smarts, and abilities. He was unique just like all of us are in our own way. I think back to my last phone call with him and my last meeting with him. Could I have done or said something to have made a difference? Was he searching for hope? I don’t know.
If you or someone you love are thinking that life is hopeless and not worth living, please contact the people with The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-2855. They even have a special section for Veterans too. Here is a resource locator for Veterans where you just have to put in your state or zip code. Here’s a Mayo Clinic article about what to do when someone you know is suicidal. The National Institute for Mental Health has more articles and resources.
Please get help. God gave all of us a combination of talents, abilities, gifts, and personalities that do make each of us unique. There is no one else like me or you. Even when life seems to be not worthwhile, look for something good. Yes, this world is full of evil and sadness and pain. Yet, there is still love and mercy and beauty and justice too although I know sometimes it seems hard to find. We need each other and, if we reach out, we might find others looking for us too.
I am in the real estate business. It has been horrible for me especially since our firms’s focus had been on finding land for developers. Well, the latest stats I have seen say that metro Atlanta has 120,000 developed lots already on the ground and ready to go. Gee, I guess I need to focus somewhere else, you think? I’ve had to realize that my value as person is not based on my income or my net worth or my influence. If it is, then I am in trouble. God can teach me better now because I am listening more intently. Maybe give Him a try.
At the Gwinnett County Courthouse, I saw a flyer for the cemetery in Milledgeville. According to the website, Glennville has one too. Plans are for the Milledgeville memorial to be the last resting place for 100,000 veterans.
I finished reading D-Day: June 6, 1944 – The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen Ambrose. My maternal Granddad participated in this event and was captured and lived as a prisoner-of-war in Holland for a while. He would tell me a little bit about his time in the war and how he could still recall different events decades later. I think we should remember what kind of sacrifice was made to keep our country free of socialism, fascism, communism, and the tyranny of the monarchy. Our unique combination of freedom, responsibilities, and democratic capitalism that our republic exhibits deserves an honoring of our past, learning from our mistakes, and striving to improve an imperfect living experiment that should never lose the inherent rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If you are interested, there is a company called Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours that you may want to examine.
It’s on my list to see, The National World War II Museum, in New Orleans. They even have lesson plans for teachers and an entire section devoted to education. You can even try a virtual field trip or video on demand.
The Veterans Network is a 501c3 organization that provides audio and video content regarding issues for the United States Military. You can also check out the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs website for comprehensive coverage of issues related to Veterans.
I saw a sobering report on television the other night about the most recent Medal of Honor recipient. Here is the home page for the Congressional Medal of Honor.
I have been to the Memorial at the Gwinnett County Courthouse. It is a poignant reminder of what sacrifices have been made and continue to be made by the families from our county, state, country, and allies.