Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day & our courage to make a difference 11/11/11

                                                                                                 11/11/11


Please take time to read this message written by one of my favorite clients and now friend, Louise Klein. This is what  Veteran's Day is about. In case you don't read the entire article, here is the last paragraph:




"May the volunteerism of today's soldiers -- and the volunteerism of yesterday's veterans -- inspire all of us with courage to be the best we can be and serve our communities, missions and countries.  May we think of their legacy, as well as their sacrifice and hard work, not just on the days when we wear poppies as a tribute."


Remembrance Day & our courage to make a difference





Illuminations OnCourage from Courage Institute International 
US Tel: +1-215-529-8918 - Israel Tel: +972-3-722-2754 - 11 November 2011 
Remembrance Day; our courage to make a difference  
My new physician in Baltimore wore two necklaces.  One was a Star of David.  The other was a gold pendant that said, "Marine Mom."  Inspired by his younger brother's entrance into the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, this young man put his career on hold and joined the Marines.  On the day after Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement), he left the comforts of home for active duty in Afghanistan.  We thank everyone in the family for their service -- and remember him in our prayers.

Some of our friends' children in Israel also are volunteers -- adding extra responsibility, extra time, physically dangerous missions or intellectually and socially demanding jobs to their mandatory time in the service.  We thank them as well -- and our hearts skip a beat every time we hear about a mission that puts them in harm's way.

For those of us who chose a more privileged life -- and spent our youth in school, travel, career advancement or "finding ourselves" -- there are lessons to learn from the young men and women we honor on Remembrance Day.  We honor their legacy when we...
  • Step up with courage and volunteer when there is an opportunity to make a difference
  • Stand up with courage and take the high road when we see what is right
  • Speak up with our brightest ideas and our best recommendations, with the courage to take some heat and stay cool under fire
  • Reach out and orchestrate across silos, with courage to lift your head above the parapets
  • Put our fate in the hands of people who are different from ourselves and engender the trust that gives others the courage to put their fate in our hands
  • Open up and listen with courage when the brilliance that others offer contradicts our own
  • Recognize when we are at an inflection point when we can break free of old trendlines -- with courage to embrace something different from the comfortable, steady, obvious routine
  • Retain the courage to learn, grow, accept accountability and ennoble comrades-in-arms to do the same
May the volunteerism of today's soldiers -- and the volunteerism of yesterday's veterans -- inspire all of us with courage to be the best we can be and serve our communities, missions and countries.  May we think of their legacy, as well as their sacrifice and hard work, not just on the days when we wear poppies as a tribute.

- from Dr Louise (Yochee) Klein PsyD, Courage Institute Co-Director

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