It’s been a decade since I shared U.S. Navy Corpman Joshua (“Doc”) Hay’s photo on Facebook. The photo was taken back in 2007 with fellow members of the U.S Marine Corps Military Transition Team stationed in Al Qa’im to assist in the fight against insurgent positions in Iraq’s northwestern Anbar province.
10 years ago… really? I suspect any shock is a result of what the often quoted phrase “Time flies” is referring to.
For me, this photo brings back good memories shared with some of the greatest people I’ve had the fortune of knowing. Yet the photo should serve as a reminder to all that even when you’re halfway around the world sleeping in the enemy’s front yard, it’s never a bad time to get in the middle and throw up the peace sign. 😂
It also reminds me…
— No matter where you may find yourself, be sure to take a moment to stop and smell the roses.
— Value experiences and memories over possessions.
— Cherish those around you when things get tough and all others have left.
Regardless of how many days may be bad, or just not as good as they could have been, there is ALWAYS something good in every single day to be grateful for and to appreciate.
Always be cognizant that life isn’t a destination to be reached. Rather life is a continuous journey to be experienced.
Always keep moving forward my friends! Even if/when you do fail, may you at least #FailForward. Learn whatever lesson life was trying to teach you and apply it to whatever comes next all that much the wiser. In any event, just keep marching straight ahead…
“Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don’t forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth.” Proverbs 4:5 (WEB NIV)
P.S. Spending a few minutes playing around with Canva, I was able to make this graphic using the original image and add a quote which seems to accurately summarize my sentiment.
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