There are just some days when the moments we experience are very poignant. Moments that bring everything back to what really matters.
With all that is happening around us – we sometimes lose site of the things that really matter. It’s easy to worry about being on time for work, to get upset that your kid doesn’t put their dish in the dishwasher or to let the everyday “little things” hide from you all that is right in your life.
Yes, tragedy strikes and life can be (at times) very challenging. But I find it very hard to look around and not see all that I am truly thankful for. We all have so much to be thankful for that I think at times it becomes an effort to acknowledge their existence. If you don’t think so, I challenge you to look around yourself and try to see all the things that make us all very lucky.
I have the honor of having some very amazing and incredible people in my life. One of them is embarking on a journey lined with real dangers and immense risk. A journey that only a few hear the calling to undertake. My daughter Shannon’s boyfriend Collin is voluntarily stepping into harms way.
He does this not because he seeks praise or recognition and certainly not for monetary gain. Collin does this because he felt a calling to be one of the few that are capable and willing to defend a nation and her people from the things that seek to see us fall.
I am filled with such admiration for this young man – more than I normally do for all military – because he has become part of my life through my daughter. He is a shining example of everything that is right in this country. The two of them, Collin and Shannon, are such an inspiration and my heart is full of love and hope for their future.
So it’s tough, as we watch this young man start his journey but I wanted to take a moment and express my thanks to all that serve – especially those that are close to me.
To Collin – Thank you for being the man who you are. Your courage and dedication to something bigger than yourself are traits I hope all Americans can strive to achieve. Thank you for the love you share with my daughter. As young as you both are I recognize the devotion you both have for each other and pray for each of you that it lasts a lifetime. Stay safe. Stay strong.
To Shannon – Thank you for being such a shining light. You are still so young and yet face the challenges ahead with grace and humility far beyond your years. You have been and always will be a source of inspiration to me. Every time I think I couldn’t be prouder of you – you prove me wrong. I love you kiddo.
I hope all of you will take 5 minutes and just stop. Sit in your car, put down the phone, step away from the daily distractions and notice the things you are most thankful for.
Love those around you, pray for those that selflessly serve and take the time to lend a helping hand to someone…anyone. And be thankful for all you have.