“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
― Abraham Lincoln
In honor of Veteran’s Day, I would like to say thank you to every man and woman who serves our country. It is because of them that I have the freedom to share my thoughts in this blog. And, today, they lead me to think about service and honor.
We are all in service of one another. Our life is about service. If you are a parent, you are in service of your children and they are in service of you. Love is service. We all find ways to honor each other on a daily basis. And, as family, we protect one another. We can focus on our divisions, but there are so many other ways that we serve one another. We do it so seamlessly that we downplay it and take it for granted. But, everyday that we wake up and do whatever it is we do, we are in service of another person.
Sometimes, it’s hard to feel that way. When you get to the office and you’re filling out paperwork or checking emails, you may forget that what you are doing is attached to a process that will somehow be in service of another person. It’s easy to feel insignificant or like you aren’t making an impact, but you are. You are a power in this world at whatever step you are in the process. Each of us have the power to make a difference. Each of us has the power to serve. And, within each of us is a great amount of love and the ability to protect.
Loving is an act of courage. We do it everyday without even thinking about it. It’s as automatic as breathing. So, today, I honor you today as well. I honor you for your small acts of courage. I honor you for your service to others. On those days when you feel like you’re not making a difference, know that someone, somewhere is different because of what you did or said. It’s small acts that make huge changes.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.