Touching the Sky~
I am inspired by Jessica, Sgt. Guinta, the first living soldier to be given the Medal of Honor since Vietnam, and countless others unnamed and unknown who rise above their adversity daily to touch the sky. Unsung heroes surround us. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things; as Sgt. Guinta humbly stated, "I am a mediocre soldier, think of how great the great soldiers are!"
I am deeply touched by Jessica's story below, and by the actions and words of Guinta. He is clearly uncomfortable in his new role, and yet he continues to represent himself with the utmost dignity and honesty.
Memorial Day is not only a day of remembrance, but a day to ask ourselves "How am I touching the sky? In what small way can I be extraordinary?" We do not need to run into enemy fire to save our fellow soldier, or learn to fly a plane with our feet. We are witness to ordinary people doing extraordinary acts everyday -- as witnessed by listening to and watching the survivors of Joplin.
So, as we enjoy our picnics, families, and the simple fact that we are alive, let's also reflect on how we might be a little extraordinary today...or tomorrow.