When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard…
…to listen to his son whine about being bored.
…to keep a straight face when people
complain about potholes.
…to be tolerant of people who complain
about the hassle of getting ready for work.
…to be understanding when a co-worker
complains about a bad night’s sleep.
…to be silent when people pray to
God for a new car.
…to control his panic when his wife tells
him he needs to drive slower.
…to be compassionate when a businessman
expresses a fear of flying.
…to keep from laughing when anxious parents
say they’re afraid to send their kids
off to summer camp.
…to keep from ridiculing someone who complains
about hot weather.
…to control his frustration when a colleague
gripes about his coffee being cold.
…to remain calm when his daughter complains
about having to walk the dog.
…to try to be more understanding to people
who complain about the stress in their jobs.
…to just walk away when someone says they
only get two weeks of vacation a year.
…to be happy for a friend’s new hot tub.
…to be forgiving when someone says how
hard it is to have a new baby in the house.
The only thing harder than being a Soldier…
Is loving one.