A little over a year ago, in my husband’s and my college town, a man was involved in a confrontation at one of the local bars, and upon leaving the man he was in confrontation with attacked and ran him over with a large truck in the parking lot of this bar. The man that got run over was a Marine, just back from Afghanistan and out of the corp only a couple months earlier. He ended up making a full recover to my knowledge but was in very critical condition for quite a while. The 18 year old boy who attacked him was easily caught and is in prison now. When my husband and I found out about the incident we, like most of the community, were absolutely outraged. At this point (and for several following weeks) it did not look like this man was going to survive. My husband’s angered response to the news was “He just survived hell for his country only to come back and lose it all because of some piece of shit 18 year old BOY!” The story broke many people’s hearts including our own. The man had a wife, two kids, and a baby on the way at the time. This was right around Christmas and the Collegiate Veterans Association (a club my husband helped start at the local college while we were there) had been collecting money and helping the family since the incident occurred. When it got closer to Christmas my husband and I decided to send the family a Toys R Us gift card for the kids and a spa gift certificate for the mother (I’m sure she could’ve used a little stress relief whenever she finally got the chance to use it). We didn’t put a return address or our names. We only knew them through mutual friends and peers, we’ve never actually met them. Sometimes I really wish I could’ve seen if it helped at all or how it made them feel, but I have never cared if they ever knew that we were the ones who did it. I was really proud of our community for how they responded to the incident. I am always so humbled by how much people can come together to help others during times of crisis, loving others without expecting anything in return is what humanity is meant to be about.
So this week I was also awarded the Inner Peace Blogger Award by Fibromyalgia and Self Disorders ! She has a wonderful and inspirational blog focusing on these issues close to her heart. I admire anyone who takes a stand or works to better this world for things they are passionate about. If we were all like this this world would be a much more peaceful and loving place! I invite you to check out her blog!
I am overwhelmed with the support and feedback I have received since starting this blog. I never thought people would truly enjoy my writing and I was really skeptical of this whole thing working out at first but I am so glad I did it and so excited and honored to be given two different awards already! The rules for this award are very simple and are described as follows:
The only “rule” for the Inner Peace Award is that you write a short piece on why you are accepting it. I would suggest that you forward on to other bloggers who you think would like it, 3-10 up to you!
I am accepting this award and feel so honored to have been nominated for it. Inner peace is one of the most invaluable struggles we as humans face. One can argue it is the ultimate key to happiness. I feel it really pertains to the purpose of my blog as inner peace is an even more difficult struggle for our veterans. Dealing with guilt, questioning their identity upon return from war, and the society which often times demeans and demoralizes them.
Inner peace is what we long for as humans. It is what religion and beliefs and morals are ultimately about. Our very own founding fathers found it so important that they included “The pursuit of happiness” in our Declaration of Independence as one of our great American values. I believe when one finds peace in themselves is when they truly FIND themselves. Some of us find peace and then lose it and find it again throughout life, some of us never find it, some not until their deathbed, and some maybe even find peace early in life and never lose it. But life is all about discovery, and I am honored that some find my writing as inspirational enough to nominate me for such an important symbolic award.
So I’m forwarding this peaceful blogger’s award to the four following blogs:
1. Paving the Road Back I find his writing amazing and capturing, I only wish I could express things as well as he does! And the care and work he does for veterans is absolutely admirable.
2. Adopting James his blog covers all sorts of great subjects! And I think anyone willing to love and adopt a child that isn’t biologically there’s is wonderful!
4. Wink and a Smile I’ve already nominated her for the Liebster Award but I feel like this award fits her and her blog so perfectly!