[May 18, 2023] As I put pen to paper (yes, the old-fashioned way), Memorial Day is only a few days away. I’m lucky to have served some incredible folks during my time during my military time, in peace and war, and under some extreme circumstances. This means taking the good with the bad, learning that the human way is never perfect and that getting our military mission done was often messy and convoluted.
Everyone I’ve ever known knows this, and, well, that is the way of the world. A few of these military heroes were also, as I called them, good idea fairies. At the last possible moment, they would come up with an idea that would throw a monkey wrench into our military decision-making apparatus. Frustrating? Absolutely! Comical? Sometimes.
I would always ask myself, where were they days ago when we asked for new ideas?
I learned not to get angry with them or frustrated or unhappy with their last-minute input. Ultimately, they are my comrades and might have something important and worth saying.
They fought alongside me to “get er done,” and, come hell or high water; they would do anything for you. They would give you the shirt off their back, they were always there when you needed them, and we got along great (most of the time).
Coming up with new ideas, just as a detailed, deliberate, strategically planned decision is being put into action, sometimes puts me back on my heels. I had to start over or take time to incorporate their new ideas into our upcoming mission.
They were still good idea fairies. Darn it.
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