Marching Forth on March 4th

“What is the only day of the year that commands you to go forward?”

This was the riddle printed beneath the cartoon that cradled the fragrant pink piece of Dubble Bubble chewing gum. I sucked up the sweet gum juice as I read the answer: March Forth. (March Fourth.)Then I proceeded to practice the art of blowing a bubble within a bubble. But that vital bit of gummy trivia stayed with me.

March Fourth always seems like an important date, an unsung holiday.

I tried everything in my power to encourage my first daughter, due on March 7, to emerge on that auspicious day, including taking a long walk and going on a bumpy Jeep ride. Alas, she lingered until the fifth.

Now, I celebrate the day by creating a collage that proclaims how I want to  March Forth through the year.  This collage may sing with travel photos or contain inspiring words or picture a best selling book or depict meaningful family relationships:I try to put my vision for my higher self on the page.

As part of this year’s March Forth, I have gathered some quotes that inspire and guide me and that I’ll be using to go forward during 2015. Here’s to Marching Forth towards living your life’s purpose.



Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey.


  1. Theresa Hupp on March 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

    My mother’s birthday was March 4. The first date my (future) husband and I went on was on March 4. So it has always been a holiday for me for both reasons. But I’ve never thought of using it as a date for self-reflection and goal setting.

  2. candy on March 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Deb, your blog just keeps getting better and better.

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