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see the world… from a different angle

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As I sit here on Thanksgiving, missing my friends and family, I am thankful for the lessons I have been taught on seeing the bigger picture. I am thankful for the opportunity to be away from home today.

I am climbing. I am no longer looking up at the daunting task ahead. I am in it. The journey is not some ambiguous story of future endeavors. I wake up everyday and get to work. I am an Airman.

It is a small change in title, but the ultimate destination will find me in a world I could not have ever imagined as a child. Occasionally I get caught off guard by the magnificence of the things that are going on around me. I go in to work, walk past three mission ready helicopters with crews ready, to save lives. I walk into a hanger with men and women working tooth and nail, day in and day out.

Last week I got to refuel a helicopter that remained powered up because it was engaged in a mission. I got to sit in the cockpit as another was pulled out to the launch pad. All without really recognizing the immensity of what those small tasks were adding toward.

But really, this is all just the secondary part of my day. The true daily honor is the moment I stand before the heros who are training us. The Rescue Swimmers. The moment I get put in the leaning rest position, ready to do however many push-ups they deem appropriate. The moment I enter the pool in the morning and do a warmup 500. The moment when I hit exhaustion, and it is demanded that I sprint down, and underwater back. The honor is mine, to be molded. To become what I believe I can be. To become what they are training me to be.

It is far from easy. There are many moments when I don’t want to do what is asked of me. When I don’t want to do another push-up. When I dont want to get in the cold water. When I don’t want to hold my breath any longer… But then you do it anyway. You see the world from a different angle. From the future looking back, what do you want to say of yourself. From under the water looking up, what do you want to know of yourself. From inside the helicopter looking down, what can you do for the world.

 

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inspiration…

What is inside…

It can come from anywhere. It can come from fear. It can come from strength. It can come from love. It can come from contempt.

I have a lot of life ahead of me… But the scary part is that I am upon a pinnacle in life. The direction of the rest of my life is dependent upon what I have inside of me…

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Why rocks…

The stability of everything is relative. Relative to the underlie of a greater purpose. Our platforms in life are always changing. Friends, family, work, recreation, hobbies; all of these things are dependent upon the ability to adapt to change. And truth be told, change is not easy; don’t let anybody fool you.

The struggle comes in the finite details. Just as it does over time, in the bedrock, and ground that we build atop. The change of the seasons, and the fluctuation of weather patterns exist in the world around us. These effects mold the earth upon which we walk. All the systems, and eco-systems, and bio-spheres around us are dependent upon the ground for life. It sustains us. It unites us.

Even the deepest depths of the oceans depend on the sea floor. And being as it is, it too shows the effects of time. Tsunami’s and hurricanes, tides and currents, all are connected.

This to me is beautiful. This to me is life, and is all that really matters. Because when we come to understand that all things are connected, we raise ourselves to a higher sphere of understanding. We begin to correlate events in our own lives to the chaotic reality of the world we live in.

Humanity’s disillusion of separation from all of this is flawed. It leads to lashing out, anger, hostility, pain, heartache, and the killing of anything that says otherwise. There is plenty of sadness to be overtaken by. Our time on this planet is our own. It is ours to decide what to do with it, and it is ours to decide what not to do with it. It is a beautiful predicament. It is our curse, and our blessing.

SO I say, go forth, and do good. Stand tall against the resentment of change. BE strong, firm, and fair in the face of ignorance. Never dismiss an argument simply because you do not agree with it, but rather, come to search for the rationale behind it, and if it is flawed, be elegant and kind in your dismissal.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in family, life, rocks...

 

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