[July 14, 2021] As leaders and as normal human beings, we are drawn to adventure, that thrill of a challenge, seeing a great expanse of nature, or perhaps jumping from an airplane for the first time. We seek our singular greatest adventure. That is our nature, and it drives what we do and what we wish to do.
“The greatest adventure that you can possibly have is the one that you find if you look for the truth.” – Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
Over the past few months, I decided to write about my first combat tour of duty in the Iraq War. Occasionally, there are articles written for my blog that pulled a few of the highlights from my time there. Despite the distance in time, I have surprised myself how much I remember; so many details and can now feel again what I felt at that time.
Dr. Peterson’s quote got me thinking about this time and spurred me to put pen to paper and look for what made that time an “adventure.” Might I suggest that it was my time to find my greatest adventure. Now, I’m on the path looking again for what made that time seem like the longest year of my life and why I came out of it a better man, soldier, father, and leader.
To my family, I said that I was better because I understood life’s priorities better. Sometimes I would say it was because I no longer cared about the minor things in life. The family became more important to me, and I was less tolerant of others and their actions. Mellow? I was not mellow. I was not in a daze; I was not drifting through life. I was more focused than ever and more satisfied with life.
Dr. Peterson suggests that finding answers to unanswerable questions or unsolvable problems is perhaps due to incomprehensibly formulating these. To do so, I believe, means that we look for the truth. The concept of “truth” has come under attack recently in our society, and many believe that people can all have their own truths. I don’t think so. Truth is incontrovertible.
My time on the battlefield had me searching for the truth about me, my team, the enemy, and the Iraqi people. The truth would keep us alive and would win the war. This truth was about being morally correct. There was no substitute.
Soon, I will put some of my ideas out here for comment from those who read my blog. I would appreciate any feedback you would like to give. Thanks to all for being part of those who read my blog.