Memorial Day is considered the official start of summer.  It used also mean that you could now wear white shoes until Labor Day.  Any sooner than that was considered a taboo.

Are there any similar fashion rules that remain in effect?  I think now anyone can wear any color on any day.  And as I have written, why limit yourself to the same color for all 10 nails, or your hair, or your socks or anything else.  The fashion palette has exploded.

But Memorial Day is more than picnics and white shoes.  

As you go out to celebrate on this Memorial Day, dig through that closet of yours and find some red, white and blue to wear.  Take a moment to remember those who died in battle so that we could enjoy our many real freedoms, not just in accessorizing, but in those that truly matter like free speech, the right to assemble and to bear arms.

Most days you dress to express your individualism.  Dress today to commemorate your community as part of this great nation.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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