Winners’ Wisdom: By Jim Stovall
As a convention and arena speaker, I have the privilege of talking to hundreds of groups from all walks of life. I have spoken to a joint session of the House and Senate in Washington, DC, groups of multimillionaires, top students from across the country, successful sales leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world, middle school and high school classes via satellite and the web, and every imaginable type of organization. This past week, I had one of the great privileges of my speaking career when I had the opportunity to address injured and disabled Marines at one of their Wounded Warrior events.
As a fan of classic movies myself, I have often wondered what happened to John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Gary Cooper, and other heroes of that generation. I found them last week, in living color, serving in our Armed Forces. These modern-day heroes have gone through unimaginable challenges, and while they have been injured and disabled, they have never lost their pride, honor, or dignity.
These young people are finding the courage it takes to pick up the pieces, bind their wounds, and move forward with the rest of their lives. We owe them a debt we can never pay. Our honors and gratitude are just a down payment on a lifelong obligation for their service.
After my speech, I had the opportunity to meet each of the wounded warriors, sign a book for them, and take a picture with them. They each told me where they were from and what they were looking forward to in the next phase of their life. While they certainly have challenges and barriers ahead of them, I have little doubt that these Marines will perform in life as honorably as they did on the battlefield.
While this particular group of injured and disabled service people receive the extra attention and services they deserve, it is important for us to remember that everyone who serves in our modern day military volunteered to be there. It’s one thing to charge into the breach and stand in the gap when you are called upon, but these brave men and women volunteered to serve our country and you and me.
Freedom isn’t free, and these are the brave individuals who pay the price for all of us.
When you think of all the good things in your personal and professional life, remember that there remains an unbroken line of bravery embodied by these heroic men and women who have made everything possible.
As you go through your day today, take every opportunity to thank the men and women who have served so well and offered so much for you and me.
Today’s the day!
Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082; by email at Jim@JimStovall.com; or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimstovallauthor.