(Step 5/7 of The Candid Approach. To start at the beginning click here)
5. Be Wholehearted- by Chaz
Wholehearted: showing or characterized by complete sincerity and commitment.
A Mother’s Legacy
“We will serve Him, with all our Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength!”
As a boy, my mother led all of her eight children in this chant each night before she tucked us into bed. We eight kids learned to love the tradition and would even draw out that last line while swinging our arms up in flexed determination: “STRRRRENGTH!”
We are all grown up now, scattered across the country, and have families of our own, but when we get together at reunions, we still end the evening with our family chant.
My mother was teaching us an important lesson—that we must do things with all of our heart, give it our best. The chant centered on serving God, and we learned that we serve God by serving our fellow men.
Few would ever deny that serving others also helps bring lasting joy into our own lives- what a bonus!
The Ranger Creed
The idea of serving our nation drew me to the Army. The Army gave me myriad opportunities to test myself and develop as a man, as a soldier.
While I was in the winter woods of Ft. Benning’s Ranger School all of us cold, exhausted, and hungry soldiers had to memorize the Ranger Creed. My favorite line reads, “I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.”
Those Rangers who embraced this mentality did not just survive, but thrived throughout the rigorous training.
Those unwilling to give their all in wholehearted effort struggled. If they did not drop out of their own accord, peer evaluations inevitably led to their dismissal.
When a soldier with a Ranger Tab enters a room, he enjoys an instant level of credibility. He has proven intestinal fortitude and a willingness to subordinate immediate comforts for a higher cause.
My Ranger buddies all earned my respect and a common characteristic, among all of them was an unmatched sense of dedication.
For them, “anything worth doing is worth over-doing.”
As a scout pilot, I have had the chance to dedicate myself to an incredible mission. In Afghanistan, our OH-58D Scout Weapons Teams provided close air support for American and Coalition soldiers.
Hearing their thanks on the radio after helping them out of a pinch was a highly rewarding experience. Unfortunately, despite a compelling mission abroad, many of my soldier-pals had struggles with their families on the home front.
The military’s high divorce statistics will break your heart. Too many soldiers give their all to their unit, the mission, and men, but fail to nurture their families back home.
In some operations there are key-tasks and non-negotiables that determine mission success. To have a successful life, taking care of your family is most definitely a non-negotiable.
This blog’s intent is to build wholehearted parents that are willing to devote themselves to the success of the most important organization to which they will ever be part: their FAMILY.
I hope to always remember who I want to be–a wholehearted dad– and hope that we as parents will show more sincerity and commitment to our families.
What are the top three on your list of priorities? Some say “Family, Fitness, Faith” others say “God, Family, Friends,” but I want to know yours!
BE The Wholehearted Dad.