SP Premium

#174: Why Do Some Serve?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

What price do we place on a human life?

Can we ever define that trait that pushes a person to give of himself or herself so others may have freedom in their country, in their towns and in their homes?

Did you watch the movie, "A Few Good Men"? If so, do you recall Jack Nicholson's soliloquy at the end of the film? He spoke of the average person's need to have selfless people walking the wall of protection.

Whether military, law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical staff, ministers or other personnel, there are some people who run toward trouble while most others run away from it.

What fills these protectors with such a spirit of helpfulness and service to others? What is this indefinable characteristic?

We may never completely know why some people forgo being with their families during the holidays and throughout the year as they put their lives first so others may sleep peacefully in their beds at night.

But we can be thankful that every hour of every day these special ones look out for us, strangers to them but kindred souls in the heart of humanity.

The next time you see a soldier of any branch of service, a police officer or firefighter, doctor or minister or other person who defines their life as secondary to those they serve, please say "Thank you."

You may never know how much such simple words will mean to the person who receives them. But, if you do this, your heart and theirs will be filled with joy and peace beyond understanding.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    May God Bless our Troops and their loved ones. And also may God Bless all our Police, Firefighters, and all others who serve us.
    4089 days ago
    You serve us Lou. Thanks for keeping us all in line by writing thoughtful blogs. There are many different ways to serve your fellowman- we can all make a difference. If we only help one person -it was worth our time and effort. You are so right we should show appreciation to one another. Let us not forget those in more lowly services like our garbage collectors etc.

    4089 days ago
    You are so right, they need a big Thank You every day! emoticon
    4089 days ago
    Wonderful blog, Lou. I always make a point to thank the men and women who serve our country. I try to thank the police when I see them. I will remember to extend the thanks to others, as well.

    4090 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Thanks for the reminder, Lou. I always than service men, but never thought of the others. I'll bet I never forget now thanks to you! God Bless you and Merry Christmas.
    4090 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.