Teaching moments count: Teach well

IMG_8979A couple of weeks ago a seven year-old boy was in my home with his mother. It was the first time he had been in my home when what seemed out of the blue he asked, “Why do you have a CrossFit poster up in your house?”

It took me a moment to think for I have no CrossFit posters in my home. And then it hit me straight away. He recognized MURPH, the movie poster that is displayed in the television room.

So I took a few moments to explain to him how the Murph WoD was named for a real man who died valiantly serving our country. The man was born first and then the WoD was named for him, Michael P. Murphy – MURPH: THE PROTECTOR, after he died in battle. 

Then I took a moment to teach that the poster on the left was a movie about an honorable, fictional character from a book but how much more important was the real life story, the one about Murph.

It really pleased me that my little friend knows MURPH: The WoD well. 

Next time my little friend comes to visit, I will have the movie ready for him to watch, to teach him well about Murph, the honorable man, a real man who lived upon this earth and how “Who more than self” his “country loved” all began for a little boy named Michael P. Murphy.

Additional Links: 
  1. LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation
  2. Marcus Luttrell: Never Forget Operation Redwing 06/28/05

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Take Back the Culture: Karen Vaughn

A friend posted a little blurb regarding those young people “our economy has left behind.” Immediately I remembered a Forbes article I had read several years ago, 2013 to be exact:  

Want A Job? Prepare To Play Multiple Roles

In a lifetime, the average person holds about 10 jobs across seven different careers, studies show. Of course, workers are more likely to switch jobs when they’re young and have no dependents, but one in five workers over 50 who are less than a decade away from retirement are contemplating career changes as well. ~ Rahul Mistry

And then I remembered an even earlier article by Alan Dunn, in 2012: 

Failure to Launch: Adult Children Moving Back Home

People who use their parents as a safety net with no greater financial goal in mind are doomed to never launch away from home; those who use it as a carefully-calculated stepping-stone to a more successful life are much more likely to launch successfully and stay independent. ~ Alan Dunn

Last night, as I looked up to my movie poster of MURPH, THE PROTECTOR, I thought how time has dimmed too many memories. How many people will remember the ultimate sacrifices from those difficult, tragic days? 

Then today, as I pondered over the original notations from my friend that included more on the Americans For Prosperity tax reform plans when my thoughts went immediately to: Where is the talk of cutting spending, capping spending, and balancing the budget to go along with tax reform? Where are the demands to kill the #ObamacareTax nightmare? Where are the voices clamoring to get government out of our way? 

Navy SEAL’s Mom Shares Her Secret to Raising Strong Sons

In the background I had my Roku Player tuned into The Blaze television. Karen Vaughn was on the Glenn Beck Radio program. Karen could not have been a more well-timed guest. She helped me put things back into perspective when she said:

“…what I realized after Aaron died was, he gave his life for me, fighting a battle kinetically to protect and preserve the American way of life. Not a government. Not a piece of land. But a way of life.”

And here is where I end Part 1 of my thoughts for today: Take Back The Culture. Start by reading the interview from today.

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