This is a personal post so feel free to skip if you’re looking only for business insights.
“We are so lucky.”
My husband and I say this frequently,
and I felt it in a profound way
throughout these last 10 days
as we took a trip into the past,
visiting D-Day sites in Normandy.
Looking out across that sacred sand
at Omaha and Utah beaches,
and at the thousands of white crosses
in the cemetery on the bluffs,
it’s hard to fathom the
collective bravery of so many.
It’s humbling…beyond words.
We went on to Paris, where my father
was born and raised until 1938
when he and his family fled just
months before Nazis occupied the city.
We traveled on to Brussels, then Antwerp,
where my husband’s parents had lived,
a place from which they fled in the 40s.
The history is palpable and while
it constitutes our collective past,
it also constitutes our present.
When I think of any of this
(and of other countries in the world
where fighting is severe today),
so much snaps into perspective,
and I’m reminded of one of
my parents’ favorite Italian expressions:
Blessed are we.
Risk Forward & Live On,
P.S. You can watch a 41-second highlight reel of our trip above. As we steeped ourselves in stories from the war, we also celebrated our freedom. I didn’t include any pix of D-Day sites as it’s just too profound (and doing so felt wrong), but seared into my heart is the knowledge of the sacrifices these men and women made, so that millions could experience the lives they have.