2010 A Year to Stand In Front

Do you have what it takes?

What do you believe in? If you look at your life; what have you done that confirms what you believe in? Does what you believe in define what you do? Are you willing to sacrifice for what you believe? I would suppose I have done that in my life. I state clearly here I am but one of legions of others who have done the same and with far greater sacrifices than those required of me. I told my wife before I asked her to marry me what I was and what it meant. I have been blessed all my life with a clear understanding of what I am. It made standing in front of what I stood for easy; a compulsion really, for I don’t think I could have done anything else.

So I stood so for our nation; yet I know that mine is not the path for everyone. I am sure there are many things and ways folks can “Stand in Front of What You Stand For”. Every faith, every belief, allows this opportunity in some way. I stood in front of what I stand for not just as a Soldier, but as a Postman, and a Contractor. I stand in front today as well in the arena of ideas and constructive debate. Many that I follow here do as well, and many sadly do not.

So the question to ask on this the first day of 2010 is, “Will I stand in Front of What I Stand For”? Will I be willing to put my life, my fortune, my sacred honor on the line for this? Or will I be one who hovers in the crowd, hiding behind what you stand for, to provide shelter from the storm?

Will you place your ideals and ideas out in front of the crowd and stand in front of them willing to defend, and engage in the combat of words and ideas? Or will you use the words as your shield snipping and sniping at the ideas of others offering no solution of your own? Do your draw your Word saber and face the enemy with the parries, cuts, slashes, and thrusts of opposing points of view? Or do you hide in the paragraph bunkers of the clichés, innuendos, and falsities of the crowd? Do you take your best shot with the ammo of your thoughts or do you lob grenades just to see the reaction of the crowd?

What will your legacy be to the coming generations? Will family and friends say “He knew what he believed and rode to the sound of the guns.”? Will your name on the internet be known for honesty and integrity of thought?

What actions will you take this year to get in front of what you stand for? Will you bemoan global warning and drive a car when you could walk? Will you rile at the bankers and CEO’s like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates for their profits and greed, and yet not donate to charities like they do ($36 Billion)? Will you howl about foreign aid but not donate to buy a malaria preventing mosquito net? The list can go on and on. I continue to stand in front by donating some time each week to the Red Cross at Wynn  Army Hospital, and other ways. The Red Cross is nearby for most Americans, but there are many, many community based ways to serve. Visit strangers in a Hospice, they will soon be your friends. Volunteer at a local school. Share your expertise with those less fortunate.

In 2010 we can make America, and the world for that matter a much, much better place by following my and so many others example in word and deed; and Stand in Front of What you Stand for. I could not in good conscience post these words without offering you help. If you read this article and cannot figure out a way to do this email me and I will give you ideas. Here and now I raise my Arm and In the words of the Infantry say “Ruck up Lads and Follow Me!” God Bless you all in the New Year!


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States

hmrjmr1, Your article gives me much to think about and self evaluation is usually a good thing. Thanks.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Pam thanks for stopping by! Glad it helped that was what I was hoping for.

To all still to come. This is about introspection not about individual criticism... Love ya all even those I disagree with!

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greatAmerican 7 years ago

Above all and whatever you do,

Be careful what you volunteer for,,,

if you volunteer for any activity that might displace

some union worker, you might end up with a broken nose.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

I was an Army Air Traffic Controller during the Strike in the 80's. when I later did recruiting duty near Philadelphia I found out how true that is! BTDTGTTS!

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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Dear hmrjmr,

Your hub gave me chills, made me proud, gave me purpose and hope and above all made me so grateful to know you . You are an amazing human being, my friend, and I thank you for your presence on this earth. Happy New Year, Hmr.

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westpointfb20 7 years ago from California

Great hub, one many should read and follow. Stand up for what you believe in and stand for...lead from the front...very inspirational and motivating

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

BPOP - A sincere thank you but I fear your praise is to high, I am but a simple old soldier but one of a long line of many, many more who have given more and done more than I, God Bless you and keep you as I treasure our friendship and your daily battles in the arena of ideas!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

wwestpoint - Hooah! I am nearer the end than the beginning as you are, you you know how to walk the walk, keep rollin my friend hump that ruck! and never quit! Semper Fi To Ya!

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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


You are an extraordinary leader and even a greater man. Thank you for your service in leading our countrymen in many lands. Happy New Year.

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cjv123 7 years ago from Michigan

I echo Breakfastpop! Outstanding and stirring Hub! And I say again, thank you and thank God for you service and for all those who risk all for this country!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tom - thank you for your high praise, We lead in our own ways and do our duty as we see it my brother! God Bless!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

cjv123 - and I thank him for you and yours! Ruck up lass we have a long year ahead! Hooah!

ivori 7 years ago

Strength, value and purpose is only an outstretched hand away. Your words instill courage and energy. Breakfastpop exemplifies your words perfectly. Thank you for a wonderful hub!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

ivori Thanks so much for your kind words God Bless!

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GusTheRedneck 7 years ago from USA

Big John - Both well said AND well asked. Thanks.

Gus :-)))

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Hooah Gus thanks you know what it's like to stand in front!and Happy New year!

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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

What an Awesome read !!! I am sure you have inspired many with these words, perhaps,..Just perhaps many more will take a stand for something important, followed with good deeds and 2010 will be a nicer year and the world will be a little nicer too !!! Gotta go tweet this now,..HOOAH !!!!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Was hoping you would stop by AIM, you 2 know what it is to stand in front and God Bless You!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

What a great inspirational hub! I read every word and I believe and try to practice everything that you wrote in this wonderful article. Wishing you all the best in 2010!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank You Tammy for being out front! Have a Great 2010 As well GBY!

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iain-mars 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Great hub. This really gave me something to think about. I will make 2012 the year that I stand up.

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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Good O Lian! Ruck up and lets get moving!

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