By Chaplain (Capt.) Matt Burden
Special to GUIDON
Warm afternoon storms have begun, and kids are out of school. Life continues in the regiment of training, permanent changes of station, and preparation for a new school year. How do we balance life?
We all have a job to do — to serve our nation in preparation for that day we are called upon to defend her. It begins and ends with you and me.
So how do I, and how do you, balance such a high calling and honor to serve while balancing life? 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. It is all about perspective.
So how about you, how will you shape the way you see your life?
During this very busy season, I have found myself far outmatched in my ability to adequately do the job I have assumed. Due to PCS moves, I have more than doubled the number of Soldiers I normally serve. However, it is 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. Realize you are only one person, and there are seasons the Army will demand more of us, and yet other seasons where you can give more to yourself and family. So put in all in perspective.
At the end of the day I must take care of myself mentally, physically, and spiritually. There are times I must say yes to the Army, and other times I need to say yes to supporting my family or taking care of myself.
We need to prioritize those things that are most important. So many Soldiers I see trying to gain accolades, acclaims, and ascensions, are failing in so many other areas of their lives. They have absorbed themselves in their work and many have disconnected children who don’t know them. Many of them have spouses who feel neglected.
If we put life in perspective, we realize every piece of life God has blessed us with has meaning, so let’s build life around the whole not just the part.
So, a final thought — learn how to decipher those things that are mission critical (like family) versus mission enhancing (awards).
One day you will take this uniform off and what you have remaining will ultimately be a larger piece of your legacy. Happy summer.
(Editor’s note: Burden is the 31st Engineer Battalion chaplain.)