I am blessed. I am blessed Mo than I deserve!
Have you ever had that feeling? Ever had that thought? Have you ever felt insufficient? I have, Mo than I care to admit out loud. (Which I am now doing and letting the world see!)
This blog post started while I was sitting on a plane returning with the family from the vacation of a lifetime (July 2013). It is almost indescribable how much fun we had or how beautiful Maui is to behold. Yet, I have been giving serious thought to self reflection while I allowed my brain to decompress and clear the clutter of daily life. A lot of thought has gone into ‘being blessed Mo than I deserve’. So allow me to share some thoughts about this very subject.
For those that don’t know, I have served this great country in the US Navy serving during Desert Storm and Desert Shield from 1988 to 1992 with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-132 based out of Jacksonville, Florida. On May 15, 1988 I took an oath to do whatever I was told to do for 4 years of my life in exchange for food, very little pay, long working hours, and extremely dangerous working conditions. That single oath also meant that I was willing to give my own life as the ultimate and final sacrifice in defense of the country that I love so much. It was my honor and pleasure to be able to serve this great country, and I would do it again without hesitation even knowing the challenges that I would endure.
I often look back on those years and the clarity that strikes me today about that time period is so striking it is unsettling, but at the time my vision was foggy and uncertain. This is what I now know about those years:
I now look at the days I face every morning, and I am fascinated that I still struggle with truths or facts that I KNOW to be true today. The human mind is wonderfully complicated and diverse, but has never-ending questions, doubts, and insecurities. I look at the 7 bullet points above and still have gaps to fill and refine before I complete the journey in this strange world.
As I worked on this blog, these are the questions that my crazy mind generated for me and you. How would you answer them?
What are my life experiences?
What are your life experiences?
What are my gifts/talents?
What are your gifts/talents?
What are my material blessings?
What are your material blessings?
How can any of the above be used to bless and love others?
This is the challenge that we all face in this world no matter what your beliefs. Period.
I have accepted the challenge before me to serve and bless others, I am not always successful, but I have now acknowledged it to the world.
I encourage you to take up the challenge that is before us all and take a reflective look on your past, present and future and see what you come up with…
Morgan “Mo” Cassady
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