You have to keep the spirits up. Inside you first, then your men, and your family. You can’t do your job without your spirits in the right place. A little trash humor never hurt if the timing was precise. Otherwise, just do something for anyone else and they will be lifted as will you.
Without morale you can’t fight or communicate as a unit. As with your family you can’t love as a unit if moms, dads, or the kids or wifey or girlfriend aren’t in good spirits.
Tricky terrain these feelings…. Takes a lot of training too. Trial by fire in the emotional shoot house of life. Anything can go wrong there too…
Everything has to be in order to have a perfect mission. Everything.
The right directions have to be offered. The GPS points have to be precise. Caution must be intelligent. True North must be exact.
The best path is one that takes you to a safe and a good place. This can only be where good is good and bad is bad. Plain and simple. You can’t get there without values… and damn good ones. Not half-ass excuses for values.
We are all fighting for values. For what is valuable. Again I say… for family, for friends, for country, and for freedom. You can’t win this battle without morals.
Hello? Morals define values. It is harder to be moral that to do the o-course with a broken wrist. But not quitting on this goal is worth every day of pain, discipline, and fortitude.
Moral compass my friends. Moral compass. You set your own True North. You define it. Listen to your heart. Look family in the eyes and see the reflection of your Truth in their faces. Look for the twitch that says you aren’t there yet.
Without a moral compass we are lemmings in the sea of self.
Without a moral compass we are just swarms of look-a-likes….
Field Manual 101 is the Bible.
It ain’t an easy read.
But neither was BUDS.