Topic #215: What is a strength you have that you haven’t used? Recently? Maybe a secret skill, or perhaps an ability that only surfaces under tough times?

An inner strength I haven’t used in a long time is my ability to press forward when all the odds are against my success. I am talking about true odds, “The Fugitive” type odds. Most people are adverse to resistance and like to travel the road well worn. At the slightest resistance they tend to cave in. I have achieved my greatest accomplishments in life by standing tall against the wind.

I remember once I wanted to take the next step in my military career and everyone said “NO”. My request chit must have had 12 “No’s”, but i pushed it further and in the end someone finally said Yes. I was young and dumb and testosterone filled. I never regretted that decision. The decision was to leave my cushy job and go to the front lines. I ended up spending over 2 years in combat. Everyone thought I was crazy, maybe I was, maybe I wasn’t.


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