Remember the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” ? 

Although the use of ribbons has been around for sometime, this1970’s song inspired the wife of an Iranian hostage to use yellow ribbons tied around trees to show her support of her husband and her wish for him to return home.  They also help remind us of our military personnel that are in harm’s way…”Support Our Troops” became popular post September 11th.

In the early 1990’s, the simple ribbons we’re now used to seeing were used to raise awareness of AIDS (red) and breast cancer (pink).  Ribbons became so popular at that time, the New York Times named 1992 the “Year of the Ribbon”.  Many colors now have multiple causes associated with them.

A huge industry now exists around awareness ribbons as it has expanded into pins, bracelets, magnets, keychains, t-shirts and other accessories. 

My favorite ribbons are those that are handmade…usually created by someone who knows first hand about the struggles that they symbolize.  It provides the person with an “action” to help give meaning to their struggle.

The ribbon pictured below has special meaning to me…I keep it on my “Inspiration Board”.  

Do you have a “cause” that is special to you? 

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