By Chaplain (Capt.) Matt Burden
Special to GUIDON
Got New Year’s resolutions? Been there, done that?
Life continues in the regiment of training and planning for a new year. Life is busy and hectic, how do you balance life? We all serve our nation in preparation for that day we are called upon. It begins and ends with you and me.
So how do we manage a high calling and honor to serve while balancing life? Put it all in perspective. It is all about perspective and how you will manage the stressors that come your way. Every day we choose what we see. We can either see everything bad going on in our lives, or we can focus on the good things happening daily.
How will you shape the way you see your life? As life remains busy, I have found that I have had to prioritize my time differently. I have all my companies back in cycle again, and I have more than doubled the number of Soldiers I was serving. It’s all about perspective, right?
If this season has brought about a more difficult job for you, learn how to balance it and not expect perfection. Perfection leads to burn out. You are only one person, and the Army may demand more of you right now, and yet other seasons you can give more to yourself and family. So put it all in perspective. Each day you have to manage yourself mentally, physically and spiritually above all. There are times you need to say yes to the Army, and other times you need to say yes to supporting your family or taking care of yourself.
Prioritize the most important when they are important. Don’t chase accolades and neglect the most important things in life. Don’t lose your family, neglect your spouse or leave your children disconnected from you any longer.
When we put life in perspective, we realize new things and what God has blessed us with. So let’s build life around the whole not just the part. Learn how to decipher those things that are mission critical, like family, versus mission enhancing, like awards.
One day you will take this uniform off and what you have remaining will ultimately be a larger piece of your legacy.
Happy New Year!
(Editor’s note: Burden is the 795th Military Police Battalion chaplain.)