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Pride is Forever

It was a very rare occasion indeed in Basic Training (Army) if I thought, “Wow, this is fun!”  More often than not I was digging deeper into myself, looking for the strength and courage to meet the next challenge; wanting to help others find the same strength; encouraging them on and appreciating it when they did the same for me.  More often than not, that “strength” was just being determined not to quit.  There were no other options: do what was required or drop out.  I was NOT going to be the guy who couldn’t finish Basic Training – no matter how much a particular moment might be challenging or painful.  In those moments I would silently chant something I had read:

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