I woke up this morning thinking about the ‘ways of the world.’ I guess this topic was heavy on my mind because I keep thinking about an article I read about the Army preparing to release 40,000 Soldiers. I am currently part of a committee planning a local event this weekend where we will help raise food items and monetary donations for a local soup kitchen.
I’ve heard it said ‘it takes all types to make the world go around.’ And while this may be true, I feel like this can also be a cop out to avoid dealing with the realities of this world. Now look, I’m not saying let’s all pray for world peace and expect it tomorrow – I am not that naive.
It just makes me sad, mad and frustrated to know that there are whole families that are homeless right outside of the largest military installation in America. I remember when people helped and cared for each other. What has happened to us as a society when we lose the heart to help.
I grew up with a grandmother who always had a hot meal ready for anyone who graced her door step. Top that off with a piece of her homemade chocolate layered cake and your day was perfect when you left Mother King’s house. When I entered the military I was blessed to have the right people placed around me to help me out when I needed it, this was crucial for me as a single mother in uniform. When I got in a position to do so I became that helping hand for others.
That’s why creating programs to help transitioning Military Members is so important to me. It’s easy to get frustrated with the process and want to give up. I’ve experienced:
1. people not believing I can do something of this magnitude
2. long periods of time with little to no response from the people who could use the help
3. doubt in my own ability and lack of encouragement
When I’m in this place of frustration, I remember how I felt when I needed help and I felt like there was no one around. I remember how that feels – not good, not good at all. And in my heart of hearts I don’t want anyone to feel like that. The Army is preparing to release 40,000 Soldiers. Some of those Soldiers are not prepared, some are dealing with health issues and injuries, some will be disgruntled because they don’t want to get out of the military and some have a strong support system in place and will be just fine as they transition. Granted it may not be for me to help all 40,000 but if I quit now I’m not in a position to help even one.
I am always appreciative of help in my time of need from someone who can relate to my situation. And when I’ve helped others they too were just as appreciative. I believe we go through things in life for a reason, so if we don’t help our fellow #BattleBuddy with a genuine heart, then who will.