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DadIwoJimaWhy did you put your life on the line? “Because, I love God… and I love my Marines, and that is where I was needed most.” That is all my father said when my brother asked him, “Dad why did you lead the charge?”

That is exactly what he did at two very bloody battles; Iwo Jima and Saipan when he didn’t have to. You see, our father was a Navy Chaplain and he wasn’t supposed to go to shore in the first wave. Heck, he didn’t even have a gun.

This Veterans Day take a moment to say a big heartfelt “thank you” for all those brave men and women who have put their own lives on the line for you and me.

Then take a moment to feel that same courage and bring it to what ever you are working on with an extra dose of passion and purpose. Where are you needed most? What is it you would truly love… and are you willing to take on machine gun fire to achieve it? Thankfully, and because of our vets, you probably won’t ever have to take on machine gun fire.

You will however, have to take on your own “fears” and even might have to step out of your comfort zone. Each time you are tempted to give up on your dream, ask this question; “how important is it to me?” If your answer is “this is where I am needed most and this is what I truly love,” then step forward boldly and without fear – and with persistent commitment.

Enjoy your freedom this week to be whomever you were truly meant to be.