While this forwarded e-mail contains some pretty good humor, the content demands that it be placed in my Heroes Hall of Fame. Amidst all of the turmoil in the struggle for liberty going on in Iran and other places around the world, this e-mail serves as a reminder that we still have many of our own people up to their necks in the struggle too – overseas and at home.
The people ahead of me in the chain included some nice quotes before sending it to the next link. I’ve added my own in last-comes-first order.
“He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.” – Thomas Paine
“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” – Unknown
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
“We cannot all do great things in life, but we can all do small things with great Love.” – Mother Teresa
WHEN A SOLDIER COMES HOME
This email is being circulated around the world – please keep it going.
When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard…
…to listen to his son whine about being bored.
…to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.
…to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.
…to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.
…to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.
…to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.
…to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.
…to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.
…to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.
…to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.
…to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.
…to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.
…to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.
…to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.
The only thing harder than being a Soldier…
…is loving and worrying about one.
I was asked to pass this on and I will gladly do so,
I want ice water.