MOTIVATED BY SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF

That’s the strongest motivation.

People who are motivated by something more than their own wellbeing can do superhuman things, they seem to have an unstoppable determination. They have more than a casual goal they have a crusade.

Just like the soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan. From the generals to the new recruits, they are united in their passion to fight for our freedom. They have looked the enemy in the eye, and know it won’t go away by itself. It must be faced and defeated. They know that someone has to do the fighting for our country and they feel compelled to do it. That’s what drives them to run into the line of fire, over and over again. They don’t do it for the pay or glory, they do it because they are fighting forsomething bigger than themselves. To them that cause is worth the sacrifice and inconvenience and danger.

That’s what motivates firefighterspolice officers, and emergency workers.

That’s what motivates people like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), many of whom have lost children to accidents with drunk drivers.

When his son was abducted from a mall and murdered, John Walsh focused his grief and and anger into making sure children would have the maximum protection under the law and the result was the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act which established a national sex offender registry and made major changes to laws prosecuting sexual abuse, exploitation and transportation crimes.

People who see the chance to make a difference in the lives of others are the ones who make the extra effort.

They are the ones who serve, volunteer, who give in a variety of ways, small and large, because they know that what they are doing is making a difference. Every day, people take time to do things that they may never be thanked for, but their reward is in knowing that they are making a difference.

I’ve only named a few ways that we can serve, volunteer and give back but there are thousands. Make sure to take a moment to thank those who serve and protect you—

and don’t pass up the chance to make a difference in someone else’s life.

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