During my time in the military, I missed my share of Christmas mornings. No matter how much you try, you’re not going to make it home for all of them if you’re in long enough.
This year, many service members won’t be with their families for Christmas. They’ll wake up in barracks all over the world, thousands of miles away from the ones they love, they’ll go to the same dining facilities they go to every day, and some of them will have to go to work.
The purpose of this post isn’t to make you feel guilty. Instead, if you want to honor the men and women serving this country over the holidays here’s how you do it.
Love the ones around you, and reflect on the good here in the United States.
That’s why they’re serving to begin with. To defend freedom and to secure the world which allows us the chance to enjoy all of this.
One thing that really shakes the guys is hearing bad news about what’s going on in their communities while away. Many of these problems are caused by people that have lost perspective on what’s good in their lives.
That’s where we come in.
When you’re kind to the people around you during the holidays, and really all year long, you’re lifting up a part of your community. This might be the tiny push that someone needs to keep them going through hard times, a little more tolerance, a little more hope, which will give them the strength to be good to the people around them as well.
This is a multiplier. You’d be surprise at what one simple kind act can accomplish.
And when these service members eventually do get home, they’ll join a world that reunites them with their families and is a little better because of your efforts.
It’s good for everyone. Orlando is a still a great community to come home to, and we just have to keep doing our part to keep that tradition going into the future.
They might not be home this year, or next year, but when they get here we’ll be ready.