FALL 2018

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PIXABAY 42 Navy | Fall 2018 GUEST COLUMN the grace Charlotte has shown him by spinning her webs, questions Charlotte as to why she would go to such lengths for him. Charlotte has a simple but profound answer. She says, "You have been my friend, that in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I like you. A•er all what's a life anyway. We are born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being some- thing of a mess, with all this trap- ping and eating •ies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to li• up my life a tri•e. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that." A•er reading this passage to my goddaughter, I paused and started to re•ect. I told her I needed to take a break, and I went outside. It was a cool autumn night in the mostly rural neighborhood, and the wind blew through the trees as I walked down the empty street alone. I thought of the past 10 years of my life - the many „re „ghts I had been in from street to street and house to house in Baghdad, Mosul, Ramadi and through the mountains of southeastern Afghanistan. I thought about, E.B. White's words. Much like Charlotte, a military service member's life can't help but be somewhat of a mess with long deployments away from home, the taking of life and the destruction you bring to the world when you are „ghting your nation's enemies. So what is my purpose? My purpose is to work, to „ght, to defend and, through both empathy and tough love, to help others reach their full potential as human beings. But I also am called to reach my full potential as an individual and as part of the collective nation. I believe we stand on the shoulders of the great men and women who went before us, but also we are only as good as our next generation. Šis is my purpose - to wake each day, to work, to help others, to make my life and that of my friends a little brighter, to be a battle buddy to those going through their darkest moments, to „ght for the things I believe in and, when I „nd a moment, to rest and share a meal, a story or a laugh. Šis is my purpose. I have a new role to play. Today and every day, I honor and remember those who have gone before me and help those who will come a•er me. I strive to be a friend to myself and others. I search for new passions - those things put on my heart - and pursue them. By doing so, I li• up my life and that of others just "a tri•e" each day. And heaven knows, all of us can stand a little of that. Reprinted with permission from William Wagasy is a decorated Navy SEAL veteran having completed four combat tours from 2002-2012 – three to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, he serves on the TAPS Board of Advisors and is an inspirational and motivational public speaker. My purpose is to work, to ght, to defend and, through both empathy and tough love, to help others reach their full potential as human beings. A New Role to Play Continued from page 40

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