Posted September 9, 2013on:
~ by Jai Cross
My father was a career soldier in the U.S. Army for 29 years and a full-bird colonel when he retired. One of the things about that life that impressed me while growing up as “an army brat” was the military’s obsession with insignia. My father’s rank was evident due to the silver eagle with a striped shield over its breast that clutched a sheath of arrows on his lapel. A practiced eye could read his accomplishments from the multi-colored campaign medals and ribbons on his dress uniform, including the silver star, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, Army of Occupation, Korean Service, Army Overseas Service, and a couple of dozen others.
Excluding military personnel, Boy Scouts, and members of similar organizations, most of us don’t wear our resumes on our clothing. But what if we did? What if our achievements were out there for everyone to see? Which decorations would best represent us? These questions can initiate a self-investigation of where our truest allegiance dwells. Conceptually we might answer from a place of idealism and heroics, and those responses might reflect what we aspire to be instead of who we really are.
We can determine what and whom we actually are by simply noting where we invest our time and energy. A person can believe that they cherish their family, yet if they continually neglect their kin, they don’t get to display the coveted Family Merit Badge. Others might view themselves as very spiritual beings, yet if they spend all their free time indulging in physical addictions, they can’t wear the Spirit Warrior Ribbon.
This isn’t an exercise in deconstructing self-esteem, rather an invitation to perform an honest life assessment. If we aren’t living our best, we still have time to change. Yet we aren’t granted eternity, at least not in this body, not in these circumstances, not with this awareness.
Let’s make a renewed effort to live our dreams instead of just imagining them. This is the time to put our best foot forward, to share our gifts with the world, to shine our brightest. Then when we look in the mirror, we’ll see ourselves as we were intended to be – clad in brilliant radiance with emblems representing Purified Mind, Right Relationships, Big Heart, and Good Medicine.
That’s the insignia that inspires me. I haven’t fully earned it yet, but I’m getting closer. So let’s all “re-up” and make the most of these lives while we still have the time …
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