Commentary

May 2, 2014

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

- When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?  When others take a long look at you, what do they see?  The “mirror” can lie and people are often judgmental, so we rarely have the ability to gain true self-knowledge.  So how do you gain true self-knowledge?  We must recognize it as a gift that allows us to avoid self-preoccupation and instead focus on something bigger than ourselves. When we understand the importance of the vertical dimension of life, we begin to understand ourselves.

Through our prayers – an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community

- Pray that God would draw you out from “self” to see the bigger picture.

 




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Focus on deliberate self-development

I am an American Airman. I am a warrior. I have answered my nation’s call. These words should resonate with each of us who have the honor and privilege of wearing the uniform. Each time I recite our creed, I feel a sense of pride. I hope every Airman reading this shares my sentiment. Each...
 
 

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

- What is your purpose?  That question is asked of us throughout the years. Perhaps a better question should be “have you forgotten your purpose”? Professor Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School states it this way, “Over the years I’ve watched the fates of my HBS classmates from 1979 unfold; I’ve seen more and more...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner

Meeting veteran helped me feel connection with grandfather

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner Dale VanBlair, World War II veteran, addresses the crowd that honored him for his 93rd birthday in Belleville, Illinois, June 17. VanBlair thanked everyone for coming to...
 

 

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

- How does a person grow?  We know plants require sun, water and food. People need the same elements on the physical level but what about on the spiritual, emotional, and psychological level?  One person recommended this “balanced diet”: scriptures, stories, examples, community, and healthy practices. It is balanced because it relies on proper intake...
 
 
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Taking inspiration from our founding fathers

The Air Force is no stranger to challenging times. That’s certainly the case today where, in the current fiscal climate, much is outside of our control and we are faced with a great deal of uncertainty. As I weigh that un...
 
 

Independence Day message from 412th CC

Team, This Friday we celebrate the birth of our great nation and its declared independence. The Declaration of Independence is the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty and Thomas Jefferson’s most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy...
 




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