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see the world… from a different angle


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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… the broken down block.

The nights that go well are earned. All of them. A good time requires work. Different people with different lives all colliding in one place at one time… There is no telling who is dealing with a broken heart. There are no floating status boards over real life. The eruption of laughter is just as infectious as the harbor of displease.

Life is spent dwelling in the illusion that it is an individual experience. In the burrows of homes in communities worldwide, this illusion is fostered. The belief that one person’s life is not connected to another. Things are played out as independent and unrelated. The acceptance of this falacy blocks many of life’s Truths. Our inner most truths are therefore are to us, a possession we call our own.

The reality is, is that this all is interconnected. The faucet of our own reality is from but one source. Life is abound. It surrounds all of us. If we can just start to agree on that, we might have a shot at this whole existence thing. We all struggle to come to terms with our different ways of explaining where it all comes from. We divide, and attack each other. We find terms in different languages with different cultures that seemingly conflict, & we kill because. Just because. We take lives.

That is how humanity as a whole goes. But in the real world, us ordinary folk go to the local pub, and share a good time. Have a laugh when we spill a glass of water as we introduce ourselves to someone new. The smile from a cute little dame, the snuck kiss to a needing cheek; these stolen moments are but arsenal in the battle against the pessimists. The work to overcome the differences we all have is our frontline. It is the acceptance of the problems, and the willingness to press on anyways, that makes us different than the negative nancies. ¬†We are the ones who haven’t forgotten what it is to have fun, and enjoy life. Just because all those frowny people on tv tell me life is terrible, doesn’t me I have to lie down and say, “So it is!”

This is a call to enjoy the company of company… just because it’s company. To fall in love, when everyone says you can’t, and you shouldn’t. To be the couple that stayed in tonight, because they found themselves a cozy little home, in a cozy little town. To be okay with home. To laugh, and smile, and laugh, and smile. To be okay. To keep on pressing. To break down the block.

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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in blocks..., life


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