I had the great honor of speaking to our brave men and women in uniform at a military base last week. There’s something distinctly different about this segment of our population. Their fitness stood out immediately. I can’t remember the last time I spoke to an audience, even school age, where everyone looked so healthy. That was just the beginning. Our soldiers are confident, respectful, disciplined, and focused. From what I could see, they’re driven to be the best possible version of themselves and they’re proud to do whatever it takes to protect our freedom.
It was an attitude of excellence that’s not typical in the rest of our culture. We’re complacent. In elementary school, if my child wasn’t doing well in a subject, his report card read “needs improvement.” The goal was to make it to “satisfactory.” As a parent “needs improvement” didn’t really raise any eyebrows. Who doesn’t need improvement? Even in high school, when grades are important, many kids focus on doing as little as possible to earn the desired grade rather than focusing on learning as much as possible.
What happened to excellence? Where’s the passion to be great? Hmmm…at my house I think it’s going into the XBox.