25 Soldier Affirmations for Memorial Day

Today is the day we remember those who sacrificed self for country – for us. Millions still serve today. We can all hope and work for a world where might is measured by human attainment and not force of arms. For now, I think it behooves us to appreciate what these people do for us.

Here are 25 affirmations for soldiers. I originally created this list for a Twitter friend who requested them back in 2010.

  1. Today and every day, I do my duty with pride and honor!
  2. Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned.
  3. My achievements are magnified when they benefit others. What I do for others I do for me.
  4. Today I am committed my mission and to the best outcome for everyone!
  5. I believe wholeheartedly that I am part of the solution in my life and in my world.
  6. If I must be a rock so that others can cross the stream, then that will be my life’s work!
  7. I am committed to giving selflessly of myself for the betterment of humanity and happiness of others. Today I do!
  8. Today I am ready, willing, and able to serve!
  9. Today and every day the distance between my loved ones and me is bridged by love.
  10. The distance is a plus in my relationship right now. It forces communication and communication builds trust between us.
  11. I refuse to be jaded by what I see today! There is hope for humanity and I am a part of it!
  12. God’s love flows through my entire being each and every moment all day long.
  13. Today and every day, I am one day closer to going home!
  14. Today I am digging deep, reaching high, and achieving great things!
  15. Even in adversity, I am strong. Even when my dreams must change, I dream anew. Today my dreams are strong and SO AM I!
  16. A challenge only becomes an obstacle when I bow to it!
  17. I struggle, but I grow. I fall, but I get up. Even amid adversity, I succeed and I prosper.
  18. Every setback has within it the seeds of a massive triumph.
  19. I play a key part each and every day in making my team the best it can be.
  20. We work together as a team. We win together as a team. The more we focus on the team the more success we achieve.
  21. Breath by breath I am releasing my anger. Breathing in I feel peace, breathing out I release anger. Peace in, anger out.
  22. Breath by breath, I am breathing in joy breathing out sadness. Joy in…sadness out. joy in…sadness out.
  23. I refuse to let my frustrations rule me! I take what I need from the experience and release my frustrations!
  24. Whatever anger rules anger destroys. I refuse to let it rule me!
  25. Day by day, love wins a resolute victory over fear in my life!

Veteran’s Day 2009 – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday November 11, 2009

“The first casualty when war comes is truth.”

~ Hiram Johnson

iwojimamemIt is fitting that once a year we reserve a day to remember those who have given their lives or at least their all in the service of our country. Sacrifice for others is a noble and rare quality. The men and women who choose that path are to be commended.

The question is how do we honor our veterans? Do we honor them by refusing – as our government is – to look into the impacts of Vietnam’s Agent Orange impacts, Gulf War Syndrome, or the current impacts of depleted uranium exposure? Do we honor them by cutting their benefits by providing shoddy healthcare?

Do we honor them by giving away the freedoms they fought because we are constantly fearmongered into doing so?

If we are going to ask them to risk their lives then we have an obligation for compel government to take care of them when they come home. We have an obligation for compel the government to abide by the Constitution and maintain the freedoms they swore to defend.

As we honor those willing to go to battle, never should we be more unwilling to honor battle itself. We should recognize that it is not only the soldier in battle who preserves freedom.  It is also the teachers of peace who show us another way. It is also the citizen who holds leaders accountable for the orders they give to soldiers and for wars of choice.

A society that glorifies and reverences war cannot know peace. We must guard our own thoughts against and guide our national direction away from that glorification. Honor the soldier….yes. Honor war and leaders who misuse it. No.

Some of the greatest 20th century American generals and leaders have wise words for us on this day.

“I have known war as few men now living know it. It’s very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.”

~ General Douglas Macarthur

“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.”

~ General Omar Bradley

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

~ General Dwight Eisenhower

“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.”

~ John F. Kennedy

Veteran’s Day Affirmations

  • “Today I remember and thank those who have sacrificed so much to give me the life I enjoy.”
  • “Even as I support the troops, I work diligently for a world where their role is unnecessary.”
  • “When my [insert loved one] is deployed I can feel weak and alone. Today I know I am strong and supported!”

The real goal of Veteran’s Day should not be only to honor veterans, but to commit ourselves to have fewer veterans to honor. The soldier’s duty is to follow orders. The citizen’s duty is to hold leaders accountable for the orders they give.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”