It's Memorial Day so I wanted to blog about the men and women everywhere who, are now or have in the past, serve our country with their lives. I may get a little negative feedback on this post, but it is something close to my heart, so I will say it anyways.
We all work but how many of us literally risk out lives on a daily basis in our job for the sake of a nation? I don't. I've heard people criticize those soldiers in wars over the years. Why? Because they volunteered to protect us, and the government sent those people on a job that wasn't what we 'approve' of. Look at many of us at our own day job, we all have responsibility to our positions and are sometimes asked to do jobs we may not like or agree with, but we do it just the same. Do others criticize us for doing something they might consider unethical because 'the boss said to'? We get defensive and try to justify cheating clients/customers or whomever because 'I was just doing my job. Don't shoot the messenger'.
Guess what? That's the same thing our brave soldiers are doing in whatever God Forsaken country they are in. We must remember not to 'shoot the messengers' of our government. God knows the enemies are doing enough of that for us, (just look around you while at the cemetery this weekend if you need a visual) we don't need to help them. This is a time to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for the freedoms we take for granted each day. I wonder how many of those men/women sit around their camps wondering if we think about them? Do they wonder if they are being judged by the same people who told them they love them and trust their decisions? One big difference in our jobs and theirs (besides the obvious) is that we can choose to quit ours. They can't.
I realize it is getting more and more difficult to take what we have for granted anymore, but if we do, be thankful we have that right and try to remember a soldier today for the life he/she puts around us like an armor shield that protects us. Whether they want to, or not.