Tuesday, June 23, 2009


When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard....

..to listen to his son whine about being bored.

....to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.

...to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night's sleep.

..to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.

...to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.

..to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.

....to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they're afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.

....to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.

....to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.

....to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.

.....to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.

....to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.

....to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.

The only thing harder than being a Soldier..

Is loving one.


Red said...


Bryan said...

It can be so easy at times to lose the proper perspective or establish our priorities in the wrong order and not even know it.

Sadly, some reminders can be very painful. May the Lord help us to keep our perception clear, giving us wisdom, eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to receive.

Tom said...

What a way to change one's perspective!

Anonymous said...

May God Bless these fine Men and Women

Dave Miller said...

Great post jo-joe

bluepitbull said...

Joe, that was beautiful.

So many Soldiers come back to houses with complaining wives and derisive looks from civilians. Adjusting is extremely hard. Take it from someone who has been in many military operations.

Luckily, the wife and I are both Soldiers. When I came back last time I was so depressed from a combination of no action (as in combat) and the things that happened in Iraq, I almost ended it all.

Thank God and my wife for being there to make sure i came through it in one piece. I would have done the same for her, too.

Tapline said...

Live expectancy after retirement for a military man use to be 5 years. I think mainly because they cannot acclimate to civilian life.....stay well....

Anonymous said...

Joe...I got this in an email to but it really touched me. I've always supported the troops from the moment they go to the moment they step back on home soil. They deserve that and so much more. Thanks for posting it for all to see. I definitely think this gets more exposure than my little email chain....LOL

bluepitbull....I'm glad your wife was there to help you and that you are okay. I can't imagine what it must be like but this email definitely helps see where you might be coming from. Thank you and your wife for your service!!

Krispy said...

This is really outstanding.

shoprat said...

All nothing but pure truth. Our military really is our nation's finest.