Monday, July 11, 2011
Freedom has a taste, and for those who have fought for it, the taste is so sweet the protected will never know.
~Patrick Alan Vaughan
When sitting in my office thinking about what to write, this quote came across my desk from a friend, Patrick, a retired military man, a man who has sacrificed both of his legs. In spite of what he has endured, the taste is still sweet. I wrote him back and thanked him for the beautiful words he wrote.
I wish I could explain to you how many, many young warriors, most severely wounded, say the same thing in different words. Under the same circumstances, would we? Truth be known few of us would.
"You can never have a happy ending at the end of an unhappy journey it just doesn't work out that way. The way you're feeling, along the way, is the way you're continuing to pre-pave your journey, and it's the way it's going to continue to turn out until you do something about the way you are feeling."
Guess we have all been battered and bruised. But how we handle it shows who we are, and what we are made up of, and how much we are willing to withstand.Our wounded warriors pave the way for us. If only we would pay attention, we could follow suit. There are great lessons to be learned here.
There comes a time in life when you have no choice but to walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You then begin to surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad and focus on the good. You love the people who treat you right and pray for those who don't. I for one understand that life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of LIFE. Getting back up is LIVING!