This week I spent some time in Hawaii on the island Oahu.
While there I visited the Pearl Harbor museum and had the opportunity to stand on the beautiful memorial that sits above the USS Arizona that still sits on the ocean floor after its December 7, 1941 bombing.
With bodies still inside of the ship, becoming a tomb to those who served, there is an eerie feeling when visiting. The noise of life seems to silence. And in that silence, I heard a tourist ask someone… “What happened to honor?”
I stood there looking down to the vessel that still leaks oil to this day wondering what that day mustve been like. I wondered the stories behind those soldiers. Were they husbands? sons? preachers? Had they any children? Were they pillars in their community at home? And I realized that the question raised was a good question, but not the right question.
What happened to being honorable? As we journey through life, we pass many opportunities to touch other people in ways that could change their life. So many would like to believe that a simple smile does nothing for the person they pass in the hallway. And further, I’m not in a position to bless or help anyone, so I won’t do anything.
Being honorable is about serving others with what you have. It is about giving of yourself and your time. Lending a helping hand or offering a kind word are honorable things to do. Loving without restriction or excuse is honorable. None of those things cost. They are sacrifices. And what I think that tourist really wanted to know was… do the people who wiling sacrifice of themselves really still exist.
Now… I translate that question to you. Are you worthy of honor? Think about it and make adjustments as needed.
There are many situations in life that require that we choose ourselves or other things. Other things could be other people, jobs, responsibilities… practically anything outside of ourselves.
It isn’t really until we are faced to choose between our own personal safety, well-being, or happiness and these other things that we learn how society has driven us to hesitate in choosing.
Why should there ever exist a question of whether our well-being should be put first or other things? What could possibly be more important in life that our happiness and safety? What has happened that we have to weigh it out?
Oftentimes, I don’t think we realize we have become this way until you are hearing the words “you need to worry about YOU” and “they will be alright”.
We MUST learn to balance our lives where these questions don’t come so often. Where in times of danger or questionable circumstances, those who are around us are so aware of how much we value our own well-being, that there is no question that we will not sacrifice for just anything. (This is all separate from the options and choices we have to choose to sacrifice for things we believe in and love).
So… I encourage you to ask yourself…
Are you off balance? If your answer is “yes”, what do you plan to do to restore and maintain your balance?
You deserve to be at a peace with and in life. But that decision and choice is completely up to you.
Never underestimate perception.
“The person who stops studying merely because he has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
Excerpt From: Hill, Napoleon. “Think and Grow Rich (Original Unabridged Version).”
What working for yourself really looks like…
"It’s what you learn AFTER you know it all that counts." -John Wooden