I can’t think of a more important holiday than one that asks us to stop and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country. Memorial Day is in a league of its own. Without the men and women who died protecting our freedom, we wouldn’t even have the right to celebrate the rest of the holidays that we as Americans get to enjoy.
I have personally seen with my own two eyes how lucky Americans are to live in this great country. I have traveled to areas of the world who live in extreme poverty and lack the things we take for granted on a daily basis, such as having enough food to eat and water to drink, clothes to wear and shoes on our feet, having a bed to sleep in at night, and the opportunity to become educated. All of these things along with the rest of the comfortable lifestyle Americans enjoy today are thanks to the men and women of the armed forces who have died protecting them.
Saying “thank you” to the men and women who are no longer with us doesn’t seem like enough. How can one person possibly express their gratitude for those responsible for keeping our country safe? How do you say thank you to someone who gave their life for the purpose of making sure the rest of us could remain free? It’s simply not enough. It never will be. The least we can do is to set aside one day of the year to pause, remember those who have fallen, and keep their memories alive the best we can. We can also be inspired by their brave actions and strive to be just like them.
What Does It Take To Be A Soldier?
There are many great professions in the world, but none are as selfless as that of a soldier. Correct me if I’m wrong, but anyone who willingly fights for their country with the possibility of dying is above and beyond any other job I can think of. To the men and women who serve, it’s not just a job. It’s their life purpose. It’s their calling. They think of it as their duty to die if they have to to make sure our children can be raised in a free country. I’m beyond impressed and speechless over the greatness of anyone who takes on such an admirable profession.
We can all learn a lot from the soldiers of our country. Some of these men and women heard a calling when they were young and pursued the armed forces from the time they were little. Others may have been inspired by someone they knew or simply wanted to be the change they want to see in the world. I’m not here to say that one calling is more important than another, but let’s stop for a minute to think about what that moment must have been like. What does it even feel like to wake up one day and realize that your calling in life is to give your life for the purpose of serving your country? I can’t think of anything more amazing than that.
Soldiers come in many forms. I’ve seen soldier-like behavior in many people who are not in the armed forces. To me, a soldier is someone who doesn’t give up and strives to put others ahead of themselves. Even soldiers who go overseas to fight and don’t give their life have to come back home and someone manage to fit back into society after being trained to kill. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for someone to be that strong. It’s truly inspiring.
Sometimes it takes the mentality of a soldier to be strong enough to find your calling. Your purpose might not be to serve our country like the men and women we are remembering today did, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to find what you were intended to be doing.
Finding your calling or dream is just the start. You have to be strong and determined enough to go out and make it happen. For the men and women in the armed forces, maybe it means joining the army, military or navy. Others may accede to the armed services with a particular skill or assignment that directly supports our troops. Even if your calling is not to serve our country, remember that your calling is still to serve a higher power or something that is beyond what you ever thought possible.
Serving who you are is the best way to remember our troops. When you find out your true calling and discover your unlimited potential, you have the ability to change the world, just like they did. You might not be deployed overseas and asked to give your life, but you can give your life in other ways. Committing to serving others and changing the world is just as good. As long as you are a soldier of your life, you are making a difference.
Serving Your Inner Calling Like A Soldier
It’s so easy to be discouraged in today’s times. Terrorist groups purposely target those who serve with the intention of scaring the daylight out of everyone. I’m convinced that if given a choice, the men and women who have died for our country would want the chance to live so that they could see the changes they’ve made. But because they can’t, it’s our job to carry on the tradition they started. We can’t let terrorists or those with an evil heart destroy those of us who seek to do what’s right and genuine.
One of the easiest things we can do to avenge those who have died is to take the mentality of a soldier and use it to find our calling. Personally, I become inspired when I think about how passionate people become about our country. Imagine if we used that mentality toward finding our own purpose. The best way to combat terrorist groups and those who wish us harm is to be the best person we can be and thrive when they want us to shrivel up and hide.
If you have a dream, you have to protect it like a soldier protecting their country. You can’t hide from it when stuff gets hard. Soldiers have a can-do mentality. They see a purpose or a need, and they fill it. That’s how passionate you need to be about your own dream. If it’s not worth dying for, then what’s the point of seeking it?
Everyone has something inside of them that aims to be drawn out. We call that your purpose. But some people need help determining what their purpose is while others are born knowing what they want to do. Pioneer Purpose is the perfect program to help you discover what that calling is and how to get it. Through our 12 step program, we show you how to soldier on and become the person we know you can be.
You may never be a soldier that defends our country, and that’s OK. Today is a day we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. We salute them for their being brave, dedicated and committed to their calling. We can learn a lot from our soldiers. The best thing we can do to honor them is to remember their sacrifices, be grateful for the country we live in, and apply the same robust mentality to our daily lives to find the soldier inside of all of us.
The best way to give back is to become the greatest version of you that you can be. You may never go through armed forces training, but we have the tools to get you where you need to go. We can show you how to answer your calling like a real soldier. Visit our website at www.pioneerpurpose.com to find out more about answering your true calling in life. We will be there with you every step of the way to make sure you fulfill your dreams, no matter what they may be.