Sharing a Moment of Mindfulness

Leave the first response May 25, 2009 / Posted in Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness

A day of remembering and one of gratitude and appreciation. In the United States a moment to be mindful that we are all interconnected and interdependent. Dear friend and fellow Vistage Chair, Larry Cassidy shared his thoughts with us through our bulletin board, Chairnet:

Today we will have a small back-yard cookout. Time with family, the gateway to another summer. It is my 73rd. And a time to stop, to think past the hurried pace and economic wound-licking. To give a quiet “thanks” for the commitment, duty, honor and sacrifice of the men and women who gave up their future summers fighting in our wars.

I look back over the history of our country, and its conflicts, and there have been so many – too many – both wars, and young Americans who did not come home. I have returned to where I served, been to The Wall and Gettysburg and Arlington, counted each of the 400 stars (symbols of 1000) at the WWII memorial, looked into the haunted eyes at the Korean War memorial and up at the bronze of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. All in pursuit of finishing unfinished business. It didn’t. It did not release the lingering sadness.

That I can share feelings on another Memorial Day, the writer instead of being written about, is the luck of the draw. I never forget that. I “Googled” 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte, USAF, St. Louis Chair Bob Schulte’s daughter, lost in Afghanistan earlier this week. I printed and cut out a small picture of Roslyn, and placed it near those of my 24-year-old son and 17-year-old grandson. That makes Roslyn part of our Memorial Day, the Schulte’s in my thoughts and prayers.

Stop for a moment. Look around. You are here. All those with you today are here. Worth pausing to give thanks, to remember…..


written by Randall Wallace
set to the music of Nick Glennie-Smith.

To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,

Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord.

No more bleeding, no more fight,
No prayers pleading through the night,

Just divine embrace, eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord.

Where no mothers cry and no children weep,
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep,

Oh through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord.



“Masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their information and their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them they are always doing both.” – James A. Michener (passed on by fellow Chairs Ozzie Gontang and Peggy Beadle)


Lawrence M. Cassidy
Master Chair

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