July 2019

Notably, July of each year is first remembered and celebrated for our American Independence Day … the 4th ! And appropriately so as freedom and our ability to express it was embodied in that revolutionary and inspired document … The Declaration of Independence.

Let’s make the month of July our ongoing tribute to the most deserving beneficiaries of our gratitude.

In this issue of the Grateful Buzz we’ ll express our gratitude and thankfulness, first to our country’s Founders and then more expansively to those who have continued to defend our freedom and deliver comfort in our moments of need. Specifically, our gratitude extends to the military, first responders, spiritual leaders, mentors, coaches and of course our parents.


…and our rough men and women do not seek violence, only to protect us from harm. Their diligence and their mission has been not only the safety of all Americans, but in large measure the liberation of many worldwide.

Gratitude may be expressed in many ways for their heroic efforts. Perhaps two express he gratefulness genuinely felt by our fellow Americans as well as those who have benefited from our international efforts to initiate, ensure and maintain freedom and comfort for mankind.

The first is our Flag expressed in flowers over 6.65 acres near Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. The original was planted in 1942 as a salute in gratitude for the men and women fighting World War II. Since then, the 740 feet long x 390 feet wide Flag has been replanted … most recently as a tribute to the victims of the September 11 attack. Click here to learn more.

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We said there are two expressions of gratitude for our military … the second being from those of the international community for whom our military has delivered freedom. It cannot be said more plainly or with more genuine emotion than this tribute at the American cemetery on the shores of the liberating D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches in France.

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We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
— George Orwell

During this and every month of July be sure to set aside time to thank our heroes. Thank them in person, on the phone, or in a card, A First Responder is any individual who runs toward an event rather than away. That’s the comprehensive definition of a first responder as rendered by the U.S. First Responders Association.

We often take for granted that should we need to call, an expert professional will be on the other end of the line, standing at the ready to dispatch police officers or get firemen and paramedics jumping in their vehicles and racing to the scene of our threat. The job of a first responder is dangerous, and new names of the fallen are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., every year.

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
— Former President Kennedy

We celebrate our July Month of Gratitude with the quiet comfort that our first responders are trained and ready to protect and rescue us. Let’s all take a moment to say thank you. So what are likely examples of first responders that leap to mind?

Let’s guess at a half-dozen likely candidates …

  • Police Officer

  • Firefighter

  • Campus Security

  • EMT

  • Doctor/Nurse

  • Life Guard


All true, but what about those who deserve gratitude as first responders to our spiritual, professional and emotional well-being. Here’s where many of us overlook the most obvious objects of our appreciation and gratitude. Note: Kim’s epiphany concluded that most employers pay attention to employees when something goes wrong. Likewise, most people don’t treat their friends, colleagues or even family members to a message of gratitude when something has gone well.

Some examples … and you will likely add more …

  • Spiritual Leaders: As related by Kim, some soul-searching and the help of her pastor, propelled her to her mission to transform her life and that of others - The Grateful Box.

  • Parents: You, and all of us, have our very personal stories for how our lives have been influenced and many times molded by our parents.

  • Mentors/Coaches: Wow! There’s plenty to comment on based on the friends, educators, spouses/significant others, bosses, athletic coaches and inspirational motivators who have guided and influenced your life journey.

Again, you will have more to add to the list … and the important thing is not just to list them … but to recognize and express your gratitude for their gifts to your growth.

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