“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” John F. Kennedy
Veteran’s Day is Monday, so today we’re honoring the men and women who have laid their lives on the line for all of us and our children in the USA. Even if it’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing, it’s not an easy choice to make to leave your family behind and travel to a distant land, and it’s tough on those of us who stay behind. It may be easier for you to get up and go to a job you hate than start the business of your dreams. It may be easier for you to go off and fight in a war than get out of bed in the morning. It may be easier to start a relationship than end one. But each day we’re faced with choices just like these that we have to make. Some seem rather insignificant in the long run like choosing between the the salad or the sandwich for lunch, but our lives are a series of choices and the results of the choices we make. What we don’t have is the choice to not make a choice. For even then the choice is not to choose and we’re left to the schemes of fate for our future. The question then is not will you choose but what will you choose?
I’m proud of the choice my grandfather made to be in the service, as well as a fireman. I also loved his humor and love of nature. These things all made his passing and the last few years of his life which were challenged with sickness more bearable and gave me something positive to look back on. What about you? Are you creating good memories with your children? Are you teaching them how to make choices that they won’t regret later or will at least be able to apply the lessons learned? Are the choices you’re making ones you’re proud of? Don’t let the sacrifices the brave men and women of the armed forces make be in vain. Live your life boldly, bravely and with honor.