What is D-Day? What does this mean? Well, for Americans and their Allied Forces, this was the day more than 31,000 soldiers in the name of serving thier countries and their fellow citizens embarked on bringing down the Nazi Regime on the beach of Normandy, France. This was more than just a show of how powerful their forces were but a act of service that will forever be remembered as long as the United States exists.
On June 6, 1944, about 10,000 soldiers lost their lives through their efforts to bring about freedom to their fellow humans that were held captive. They staked their claim in history by their selfless acts, unwavering dedication and courageous acts of valor. The soldiers that died might not be remembered individually but collectively, they will forever be talked about.
Why all of these history? It says a lot to those of us who are currently living. We have been given so many opportunities to stake our claim and do something tangible that might forever alter the course of our lives and our unborn generations; yet, many of us do not take up this challenge. We waste our time on trivial matters, complain about what is not going well in our lives, and then gossip about other people’s business to help us feel better about ourselves and our situations.
For the service members who served during the D-Day invasion, they had no time to think about trivial issues. They took up the responsibility to do something though they were not sure they would come out alive. They were disciplined enough to stand their ground and fight their way through until they got their desired results after 11 months. There was no time for indecisiveness, once the decision was made to attack on the set day, there was no turning back for them. They gave their very best to liberate those of us that are still here.
We can learn alot from the discipline exhibited by these service members; the first being the decision to do something. So many of us wait around, slurp around and play a game of ‘should I or should I not’? For those who took part in the D-Day invasion, there was no time to play that kind of game, it was a do-or-die affair. We do not have it so bad that we have a death sentence hanging around us. Maybe we actually do, not so much in the way of a physical death but that of stagnation and death when it comes to using our talents, resources, and gifts for the better.
We all have something that we are good at that can positively influence and enhance the lives of countless people. We have been given 24 hours in a day. Are we making our talents, gifts and resources count for something, for someone? Anyone? Are we being a part of the solution? We all have a choice to make, what are we going to do with our endowed gifting? How are we going to make a difference and set a significant example for generations to come? When is your D-Day? going to come?
I rather not answer these questions for you. You know yourself better than I do or anyone else. I am not claiming to know all the answers, instead, I am challenging each and everyone to courageous living. I am asking you to evaluate yourself, check your pulse. Reflect on your life up to this moment, if you do not like what you see, it is not too late or too early to begin the change you want to see happen. You have it in you to make impossible things possible. Some examples of what you can do may include getting involve with a local organisation that you are interested in by giving your time and resources. You can find someone who can act as a mentor to you who has done what you hope to embark on. You can start your own organisation, organize a conference about subjects that matters to you. The list is endless.
D-Day to you may be your Decision Day/Defining Day whichever you choose to call it, make a decision. Stop playing it safe, risk getting hurt, risk disappointment, risk failing. In the end, you gain more than you lose. You grow rather than stay stagnant. You increase in the knowledge of yourself and your world compare to staying ignorant. Get involve in something beyond you and risk working toward staking your quota to influence and change this world for the better.
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