As a career professional, volunteer, mom, wife, and friend, I focus on the positive aspects of life, even when the road is rough getting there. Life is funny. How you treat others, how you handle situations, and how you live each day is your responsibility ... so are the outcomes.
I have to step aside from the hubbub of campaigns, the discouragement of what is going on in our state overall, and share with everyone who will listen (read), a priority we should all place in our top five.
I am sure we have all listened to or watch the media spend many minutes and hours in the past week on the 24 year old, Lindsay Lohan's, drug addiction saga / Charlie Sheen...blah...blah...blah, because they are celebrities.
Today, I need to share a list of my celebrities. Though I have never had the opportunity to meet them, I am saddened and disappointed with myself. I did not take the time to make them a priority in my daily thoughts and prayers, as I had been. Shame on me.
I suppose, I have become like most people these days; caught up in what I may lose, instead of sending blessings to those families, who have just lost. There is no amount of money, benefits, bargaining, or budget cuts in the world to replace the life of a loved one.
I would like to introduce to you my celebrities and my heroes. At this very moment, they are my priority.They gave their lives this week, so we could have ours. I salute you, and I thank you.
Justin Allen (23 yrs old), Brett Linley (29 yrs old), Matthew Weikert (29 yrs old), Justus Bartett (27 yrs old), Dave Santos (21 yrs old), Jesse Reed (26 yrs old), Matthew Johnson (21 yrs old), Zachary Fisher (24 yrs old), Brandon King (23 yrs old), Christopher Goeke (23 yrs old), Sheldon Tate (27 yrs old), and soldiers, whose names I do not have
Please give them a priority moment of silence, and join me in sending a wish for peace in the hearts of their families with prayers of strength to help them cope with their losses.
I hope the media will take a priority moment in time to honor our soldiers.