The 10/16/13 Joy Jar

16 Oct

It is interesting to see lame politicians puffing their chests when confronted with a genuine hero. Such was the case at the White House yesterday.

Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor
Four years after risking his life in Afghanistan, William D. Swenson solemnly received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday in a case of battlefield bravery with some odd twists: The young Army captain questioned the judgment of his superiors, and the paperwork nominating him for the award was lost. He left the military two years ago but wants to return to active duty, a rare move for a medal recipient.
The nation’s highest military honor — a sky blue ribbon and medal — was clasped around Swenson’s neck by President Barack Obama at the White House. The president described how Swenson repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to recover fallen comrades and help save others during a battle against Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border on Sept. 8, 2009. The fight claimed five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter….http://news.yahoo.com/obama-presents-afghan-war-vet-medal-honor-183607537–politics.html

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is duty and sacrifice.

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
Mahatma Gandhi

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.
John Burroughs

Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.
Morihei Ueshiba

“Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do.”
Joyce Meyer

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Non nobis solum nati sumus. (Not for ourselves alone are we born.)”
Cicero

“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”
Albert Einstein

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
George Washington

“Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.”
G.K. Chesterton

“Do something everyday that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”
Mark Twain

“Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Do your duty as you see it, and damn the consequences.”
George S. Patton Jr.

“Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.”
Chester Nimitz

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