Life’s Daily Inspiration In The 13 Folds Of The American Flag

   The 13 Folds Of The American Flag

      And what does each fold stand for?

This recitation was such a Life’s daily inspiration I had to share it

with our readers.

While after researching the origins and author.

I’ve actually found that it’s author is unknown.

Although like many Americans I love it.

And the next time I see a like the military service like my dad had. These thirteen things will be going through mind what an inspiration!

The 13 Folds Of The American Flag

The 1st fold

 of our flag is a symbol of life.

The 13 Folds Of The American Flag

The 2nd fold

is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold

is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold

represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold

is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country”, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.

The 6th fold

is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that

We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold

is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The 8th fold

is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold

is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold

is a tribute to the father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold

represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold

represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies,

in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold,

or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

 

Reading this actually gave me chills…

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, Ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

 I also researched the saying that the 21 gun salute

Was the total sum of 1776.

The 13 Folds Of The American Flag

 

According to Arlington Cemetery, the 21-gun salute evolved from many years of various traditions of honoring dignitaries.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement on 10/20/07 saying that any recitations at the graveside of a veteran can reflect the wishes of the family.  In other words, if the family wants the meaning of the folds to be included, it can be included.

Long may our flag wave, and be remembered when seen at a folding. And May God Bless America!

Life’s Daily Inspiration In Everyone Has A Hobby!

Life’s Daily Inspiration In Everyone Has A Hobby!

Life’s Daily Inspiration In Everyone Has A Hobby!

Everyone has a hobby no matter who you are. And some have several hobbies.

I actually have several. One of which is gardening. I love getting in my flower garden tending my roses. Planting new seeds and flowers. And reaping the harvest and watching them grow. They are a life’s daily inspiration to me they feed my soul.

You watch your hard work in time, money and sweat pay off.

Right now my knockout roses are 5 feet high and thriving beautifully. In dark red color.

With a double rambling rose in peach color. Another life’s daily inspiration in my life.

  While my Gardenia bush is bursting with blooms. Azalea bushes will be coming along before to long and adding there blooms. And there awesome scent to the air.

Life’s Daily Inspiration In Everyone Has A Hobby!

I reap the beauty of my work. It inspires me to do more year after year. I also get set with coffee in hand and smell them on a cool morning. While listening to birds and watching butterflies. Even they are inspired by the free food source they provide for them.

It cost money, It  cost time. Time to plant and water. And to fertilize and feed my flowers. And money to buy weed killer products. Sometimes I’ve bought it. Sometimes I’ve made them homemade. But, they are necessary to keep down weeds that could choke out my plants.

Gardening is continuous, I moved a lot of my hostas. Separating them actually is good for them. If you don’t separate them the will due over time. Even the rose bushes need pruning every year.

Then there is always decisions to be made on what goes in my large pots every year.

So far my first attempt was seeds. Which was a poor choice it seems. As we’ve not had enough rain for poor little seeds. Watering isn’t really feasible.

But, I am still encourage and inspired to try plants like I usually do.

  Maybe dahlias or or some geraniums not sure of the flower type yet.

Life’s Daily Inspiration In Everyone Has A Hobby!

Give some thought to your hobby. Maybe you don’t call it a hobby or even realize it one.

  Maybe jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, or word search. Or like another one of mine reading. What makes you happy and brings you joy and tranquility in doing.

Guys maybe woodworking. Carving, or even reading or gardening.

A hobby can be very rewarding in its own right. Watching my garden grow and change is. A huge reward that money can buy. That satisfaction in know I did that. And then I can sit a my picnic table and enjoy it in looking at it not to mention smelling, and seeing it. So please find your inspiration through a hobby today.

Life’s Daily Inspiration by Elaine and Scarlett -Did you sleep well last night? Why not?

What does sleep have to do with inspiration?

It turns out it has a lot to do with inspiration.

How can you be an inspiration or feel inspired if your too darn tired.

Let me ask you a few questions if I may.

Did you sleep well last night? Why not? Did you toss & turn ? Did you have to get up to the bathroom multiple times? Then how did you feel when the alarm clock went off?

What does sleep have to do with inspiration?

So many of us have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep, but never really do anything about it. And it’s hard to muster the inspiration to “seize the day ” when you are running on too little restful sleep. But we often do try to correct the problem with stimulants — caffeine, in my case — and the “vicious cycle ” develops.

Woke up tired; had my coffee & felt okay for a little while; crashed; more coffee or maybe something more creative with overtly suggestive names like “Monster” or “Red Bull”.

Finally, got through the day! Now I’m just pumped to be heading home. That said, yes I think I will have me a cold one. Sit down; shoes off & feet up; ahhhhh!

No little ones anymore. No one counting on me to put a hot meal on the table and about half-way through that beer I’ve drifted away to Neverland or something. Woke myself with a snort; sort of felt like I wasn’t breathing there for a minute!

Well, I’ve had a wee nap. I’ll stretch my legs and mozy into the kitchen to find something to eat. And maybe some good ol’ sweet tea. Geez! It’s eleven o’clock!?! Guess I’ll eat in front of the news, then head to bed. Ooo! There’s still some of that pie left!

Two shootings, one apartment fire with live footage and, sorry guys: something about some big game — baseball, I think– but I really, really don’t care and we’re off to the Tonight Show. Realized my television is still on sometime around a quarter of four. Also, realized I must have kicked the remote off in the floor.

So I try to get back to sleep with this lame infomercial running about Seven Easy Steps To Tighter Abs and there it is again — that snort! And it feels like I was holding my breath! Am I sweating? I AM! I’m soaked! But I am also really tired. I’m just gonna pretend I don’t know what time it is and try to get back to sleep for a bit.

What does sleep have to do with inspiration?

AAARGH!!! The ALARM! It’s time to get up and at ’em! Climb back onto that hamster wheel & do it all again! If I sound angry it’s ’cause I am angry! And tired. I’m tired and angry and there’s nothing I can do about it.

But, isn’t there? Isn’t there something I can do that will make a difference to improve my life? Reading over these past few words I can see several, but the most urgent on my self-improvement radar was this breath-holding, waking up snorting and smothering “thing”. Together with the generally poor eating habits, caffeine and sugar addictions and a — let’s just say it — absence of regular exercise, I was truly a heart attack waiting to happen! Know anybody like that?

What does sleep have to do with inspiration?

I guess I’m a little slow — and it’s a fact that healthcare professionals make lousy patients– so it was a while before I would see a doctor, but when my annual checkup came around I described the aforementioned “thing” to my PCP, who promptly referred me to a Sleep Specialist. This is a field generally managed by either a lung doctor, a brain doctor or both. In my case we chose to pursue the Respiratory specialist first then see where that takes me.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is usually associated with loud snoring, interrupted breathing to the extent that — for a few seconds anyway – the person stops breathing! Of course this doesn’t make them dead, but close, right?

Seemed pretty scary to me, especially when I found out how often I was doing that! The “thing” I had been experiencing was the jolt of my breathing kicking in again.

I was amazed to learn how common sleep apnea is. If you went down your street and could poll ten of your neighbors there’s a very good chance that half or more of those households have some family member with OSA!

It’s been a while now since I started listening to what my body tries to tell me. I’ve been using an airway device called CPAP with fabulous success. Sleeping better has allowed me to require less caffeine throughout the day, which help improve the quality of my sleep. I’ve made some adjustments in my eating habits, but still can do better! I try to eat dinner at least four hours before bedtime, minimizing fluids during this same period; and the TV goes off at bedtime.

What I hope for my readers is to be vigilant about your body. Step back and take a look at your routine; and talk to your doctor when “things” happen! We are an amazing machine, but we must have rest and recovery!

Thank you so much for your time,

Please share your thoughts, and experiences,

Be the Inspiration!

Thank you,

Elaine and Scarlett