I’ve had a post in my draft folder for a few days about the incredibly high suicide rate among US Soldiers. More US soldiers were killed by depression than by an enemy last year. Let me repeat that: in the United States of America, more people who have offered to make the ultimate sacrifice were not getting the help they needed while on American soil than were killed in a foreign country. I had a whole post I was working on about what we value, what we keep safe, what that means how we view strength/weakness. But then I saw The Buddhist Blog’s post yesterday. And after having the same post as Christine yesterday, (Ugh! Embarassing!) I thought I had better just link to the stuff I like before y’all think I’m a big blog-o-copycat. Anyway, hope you enjoy this well-written piece about the necessity to support all of our troops. All of the time. Not just the ones who live up to our definition of “strong” or what a soldier “really is.”
As I am off to another city on Saturday to help my mother-in-law move, I think that is the message for me. How can I support this woman who doesn’t always fit my definition of what a mother “should” act like. If E. can do it so beautifully, so can I.
If _________ doesn’t fit with my definition of what a _________ should be, how can I still support them?
I’ll be thinking of this phrase a lot over the next few days–filling in employee, friend, etc. What about you?