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December 10, 2010

Today, I was listening to somebody talk and I overheard something that rang true in my mind. This person said that the most precious things we have are our lives. And therefore, the truest way to show someone you love them is to give your life for them. This resonated with me all day long, but never truly faded from my thoughts. I began to wonder who I would give my life for….my best friend, my parents, my sister, extended family, my dog, and some of my other friends where on my final (and mental) list.And then I began to think about whether I would give my life for a stranger. I believe that many of us like to think that we would–just give up our prized possession for someone we don’t know. I’d like to think that I would have the courage to do this, though I will not positively know until it happens to me. I also pondered if my life would be worth their’s. This may sound full of me, but what I am trying to get across is that–would they go on to do better things than I would in my lifetime? Ideally, I would pick the perfect person who deserved to be saved or be so changed by their near death experience that they would still go on to do great things. But life is not ideal, and so I have just the chance of jumping in front of a moving truck to save a drug dealer as I do a girl scout. Knowing this, would I still do it? Ultimately, I would have the same result as I would before thinking this over. For some reason, this conclusion does not change my view on any of it. The real question is still whether I’d be brave enough in the first place.

All these thoughts also reminded me of war and of soldiers. We really do not thank them or recognize them enough. They do just what I am unsure I could do. They risk and give their lives for people they do not know. They are the brave people who face violence and fear that most people would never dream of. These men and women work miracles daily. So the next day you don’t think you can get out of bed, please think of them and keep pushing yourself to be worthy of the lives that are lost everyday. Also, lets try to give time,money, and other gifts to organizations who support those soldiers and make their lives a bit more happy and comfortable. Lastly, and most importantly I send out a plea to anyone who might be reading this–please pray for them. I don’t care what religion you are or if you aren’t religious, I would very much appreciate you sending a thought their way because they need it.

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  1. dancinerd permalink
    December 11, 2010 6:12 am

    MADISON!!!! How have you not told me about this before???? GENIUS! GENIUS! GENIUS!

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