Tuesday, October 12, 2010

In The Trenches

I was recently talking to my son about his military experience.  He told the story of a 25 mile walk he had to take in full gear.  Not too far into the walk he stepped on a rock and sprained his ankle.  He told the drill instructor and he was ordered "Keep walking, soldier".  So he continued to walk.  Farther down the road he twisted the other ankle and sprained it also.  He struggled the remaining distance and finished the walk in great pain and with an endurance he had thus far not had to call upon within himself.  When the walk was done he pulled off his boots and found that both ankles were completely black.  He commented that it was this walk that has encouraged him to "keep walking" in other challenging situations in his life.  He has learned that with one step at a time he will get to where he's going despite the pain.

In The Trenches is not merely about trying to save a few dollars.  It is about Financial Survival when the times are tough and the choices are hard.  If you are having a tough time keep going.  That is the only way to make it to your destination.

And, if you know a soldier please remember to thank him or her for their service.  Our freedom and safety comes at a price.

Thought for the day:  Don't ask that someone would lighten your load, rather, ask that you would be strong enough to bear it.


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Barb Friedberg said...

Wow, you should really be proud. What fortitude! Thanks for sharing that moving story.

Olivia said...

I've been struggling, and this post is very timely. Keep on plugging away.

Carol said...

Sometimes it's in the struggle itself that we are reminded that we are going the right direction as it would be easier to quit but not better.