Honoring Those Who Serve
My dad was a career Navy man and my world revolved around military life. It was during the Vietnam War, and I remember being deeply touched by the sacrifices being made not only by my dad when he was deployed, but by all my friends’ fathers as well.
I, and many of my family and friends, were also affected by the effects that war had on our service men and women. Alcoholism and abuse were common––and these issues were often swept under the carpet.
Today, as I look around my hometown of San Diego, I am reminded of the sacrifices being made by the men and women who are serving this country. My heart aches at their visible sacrifices of loss of limb, and I intuitively know that beneath the surface there are demons lurking and threatening the happiness and peace, not only within themselves, but within their families.
I know. I had to deal with my father’s behaviors toward us and come to some resolution to be able to move on and live a happy, peaceful life.
First, I had to accept that he wasn’t an evil man; he was a troubled man, acting out behaviors that he himself had experienced or that provided some sort of outlet for his pent-up emotions.
I had to make peace with my past, and here’s why:
While we may believe that today is today and the past is in the past,
there is a continuum between our past experiences and our current behaviors.
There may be unresolved issues that unduly influence our life in the present. This either uses extra bandwidth in our brain or limits our creativity. Either way, our brains are not optimally performing. One of the 7 Principles in my manifesto for life refers to “Resolve Past Issues and Release Your Brain Power.”
Very often, our past holds clues as to what influences our behaviors. So I ask you:
- What memories or experiences do you have that may provide you with insights to your current situations?
- What situations still trigger a negative reaction?
- What positive memories arise from your past?
Let me know what you discover.
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