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There are moments when we experience absolute clarity.
Our problems melt into utter insignificance as we realize what
is truly important. It happened when my sons were born. It just
This weeks issue of RTO Magazine started out as 'Choosing between Breadth or Depth
of inventory' (very exciting). I was almost finished when my
mind went blank. I learned long ago that writer's block only gets
worse if you sit and stare at the monitor. Instead, I surf the internet.
I click random links, usually news, until my mind is clear.
That's when I saw the picture.
It was an AP photo of a young soldier looking out a window of
Saddam's palace. The caption said
the soldiers name was Joshua Butler from Jackson Mo., just a few
miles from my home. His unit had just taken the palace by force
and he was on guard. That's when it hit me. I have no problems.
A young man is risking his life to protect my family simply
because it's the honorable thing to do...and I'm stressed out
about appliance inventory distribution. Families of service
live in fear of 3 uniformed men stepping out of a black sedan in
front of their house saying 'we regret to inform you
that'....and I'm frantic about my email deadline.
I am, at once, proud and ashamed. Proud of a country that
produces such young men and women of honor, and ashamed that my
own relatively trivial problems caused me to forget, if only for
a while, how well I have it.
I have no problems. My wife and sons are healthy and safe. My
country is free. My
life is perfect.
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