A Little Something I Learned From The Military

Going back generations in my family, so many of my relatives and friends have served in every branch of the US Military. My father-in-law immigrated from Canada to serve in our military. He did Korea while enlisted, and Vietnam as a journalist. My father served in the Marines in Korea. I have such a deep respect for those who volunteer to serve. In part, because I would not survive in the military! They would toss me! : ) Not because I couldn’t do the work or make the sacrifice; but because my personality just wouldn’t be a good fit.

My husband was an MP in the Army-Ft. Bragg, NC. He strongly considered making it a career. What I’ve asked of him, and he totally agrees, is not to make our sons feel that because he was military, they have to be military. It’s not for everyone. It’s life-altering for some! It’s a very personal choice.

For those of you who volunteer to serve in the United States Military, God bless and keep you. I know you’re protecting my life and the lives of those I love. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

One thing I’ve learned from my exposure to the military is that when a person is under intense pressure and stress, it brings out the flaws in their character. It’s a large part of why the military operates and trains the way they do. They have to know what kind of person they’re giving enormous responsibility regarding national and world security. It isn’t how I’d want to live, but I get it.

We all have flaws. How much they matter depends upon each individual and the depth and scope of the flaws. Most importantly, it becomes a matter of whether or not a person is willing to recognize their flaws, own them, and work on them.

These thoughts are rooted in the whole “family dynamic” thing. Adeline Wormald has provided me with the opportunity to take a good hard look at what I’m doing wrong in my life. The next natural step for me, personally, is “how do I change it”. I will be grateful beyond words for that gift for the rest of my life.

I’m now getting to know a person who has been in my life literally my whole life, but whom I’ve never really known. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve reconnected with old friends, and made very special new friends I never want to lose! In the sadness of death has come the gift of life. A life worth truly living and sharing.

LW

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