This is a loaded question sometimes. One of the few what? One of the few that follow through on what they start? One of the few that actually do what they are taught in training? One of the few that refuse to be labeled and put in “your place” in society? I am leading into the tag line of the best “club” I have ever belonged to. This club was the ultimate in friendship, camaraderie, and discipline. The tag line is “The Few, The Proud”. Get it yet? Yes, I am talking about the United States Marine Corps!
Today, November 10, 2010, marks the 235th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Please join me in thanking each and every man and woman that has served in the USMC and all other branches. In my eight years of service, I learned more than some men learn in a lifetime. The lessons in accountability, responsibility, and reliability were endless. From time to time, I slip up, slide back, or just need to reflect on the lessons I have learned. I think we all do.
This year, the USMC is focusing on the Korean War. Specifically, the battle at the Chosin Reservoir. In this battle, one Marine Division was surrounded by eight Chinese Divisions. At the end of the battle, the Marines had lost 4,000 of their 15,000 and killed more than 30,000 of the 80,000+ Chinese.
The lesson was best summarized by the commander of the 1st Marine Division at the time, Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, “We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things.”
Please watch this video:
Now, with all of that said, please take a moment to think about how you handle adversity. Do you give up, or fight your way out of it. When you find yourself in a tough spot, just think like a Marine! We are all lucky to be free, so make the best out of it!
I will be teaching a rehab class tomorrow, check the calendar for the information.