Lessons from Veterans- Sacrifice

This week in honor of Veteran’s Day, we are highlighting character traits of veterans. So far we’ve talked about veterans being strong and prepared. Sacrifice

This is the word that comes to my mind whenever I think of anyone in the Armed Forces. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, sacrifice is defined as “the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone”. I truly believe that our veterans have sacrificed their own desires in order to protect you and me.

When I think of what our veterans have sacrificed to keep us safe, my heart just swells. I think about those vets who missed the births of their children, didn’t get to come home when a loved one passed away, or spent many lonely nights keeping guard.

I think about those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and laid their own lives down so that others may live.

While in our day-to-day lives, we may not have to sacrifice much, there are lessons we can take from the sacrifices of our veterans. We can be intentional in spending time with loved ones. We can take time to appreciate the little things—a beautiful sunset, a child’s laugh, a good meal.

While our veterans have sacrificed so that we may have freedom, we need to make sure we appreciate what that means. It means the freedom to practice religion in our own way. It means we can walk around outside without fears of being hurt or attacked. It means no one lives in bondage or as a prisoner just because of the color of their skin or their ethnicity.

Thank you to all of the veterans and current military personnel for your service! Thank you for sacrificing to keep us safe and to protect our freedom. God Bless you!

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.