Today we celebrate the powerful spirit of our veterans. Most of them gave blood, sweat, and tears, on levels that ordinary citizens never dream of. Today, as a celebration for our veterans, I want to briefly share some lesson instilled in me through observing their demeanor and character.
Many of our war veterans knew the importance of tenacity. Hang on until the victory comes. We may not serve in the armed forces, but we battle our own gremlins everyday in the work force. In Winston Churchill's words, "Never, never, never, give up. The mind gremlins win the battle only if we surrender.
I Gotta Do It
My father, a WWII veteran, said he did his job in war because had to. He knew the consequences of falling down on the job-terrible, merciless, defeat. Those in the civilian world who are winners do what they must do to win. If they fall down they get back up, EXAMINE their failures, learn from the examination, move forward.
Never Fall Asleep At The Guard Post
If you fall asleep at the guard post you put your buddies in grave danger and you could be hanged in the old days. Never fall asleep in your work or duties to you family. You have a team of people relying on you. Ever watch a football game where one penalty can ruin a team's chances for winning. Oh brother, I've seen a boatload of games lost because a lineman jumped the gun, or a receiver fell asleep while running his pass pattern and failed to catch a winning touchdown pass. Yes, stay alert at all times. Life's gremlins and enemies want to catch you sleeping.
KNOW YOUR PURPOSE
Most military operations serve a purpose and their soldiers define that purpose. For WWII veterans the purpose was to eradicate a ruthless dictator and Japanese imperialism. A sense of urgency trailed the purpose. "Do it now. Before it's too late," was the battle cry of the allies. Do you know your purpose in life? Do you have a battle cry? Without a purpose or a vision the people perish or get cut off from their life source. They may look physically alive, yet they experience a soul death. They wake up each day simply to get through to the next day. Finally comes the party hardy weekend where hangovers abound and emptiness depresses.
STRIVE FOR SIGNIFICANCE
Quit living from day to day and do something for others that offers significance. My father felt a sense of significance following the war because he laid it all the line for the freedom of a whole nation. Wow! Pretty significant stuff.
Many soldiers went right back to the front lines following a serious injury. They did it while in pain. Why? Their feeling of significance over-road their physical pain. So many of us live a charmed existence today. We cannot voluntarily tolerate pain. We love our cell phones, Twitter, and Facebook more than we love the discomfort it takes to help someone in need. True success does not come without pain; pain in learning; pain in sacrifice; pain with rejection from the herd.
Yes, our Vets can teach us so much about ourselves and life in general. Most of them came home, did their business, and forgot the horrible images of war. If we desire success we ought to, in the same way as our veterans, put our nose to the grindstone, commit ourselves to success unconditionally, forget the painful past experiences of our life.