As always, in my brain, “One thing leads to another…” What I mean to say is someone I know has someone THEY know, completing Marine Corp bootcamp this week. My thoughts started out at Paris Island South Carolina, then wandered out to San Diego. Running in “overdrive” my brain took me to the well known motto, “Semper Fi”. “Semper Fidelis” which is a Latin phrase meaning “Always Faithful”. United States Marines are revered for their downright fanatical dedication to each other, their service, and their country. For Marines it also provides a caste–a group that is separate and unique from any other… A group that has no desire to be like any other and longing for, putting into practice the culture of “Semper Fidelis.”
The core values of a Marine are Honor; To do the right thing when no one is looking. Courage; The protector of all other values. Courage is being stronger than the fear. Commitment; To continue on when others quit.
THEN, I spent some time dwelling on our mortality, how we live OUR lives while we are riding on this little blue marble called “Earth”…. I wonder if we are conscious of “living with honor”. Do we “do the right thing” because of our upbringing? Some have been lucky enough to of had parents and guides to teach us. Others however, may not have been so fortunate and have developed their own “living with honor” along the way. I wondered, “Do we have a naturally ingrained inclination to live with honor?” And then courage. Do we approach things in life, recognizing the “fear” yet make the difficult decisions without crumbling? After all, courage is nothing more than physical, mental and ethical strength. How committed are we, in our relationships, our goals? Do we stay true to our goals and dreams and continue on when others quit and do we move forward with the determination to succeed?
It is my earnest hope that it may help folks understand the reason Marines hold the Corps in such high esteem. Marines are imbued with Semper Fidelis, and all it means, and because they lived it for so long, they have difficulty accepting any less from others.
I know, I know… I often “overthink” things such as the last day of the 12th week of the most demanding recruit training in the world for this young man. His entrance into the the ranks of “The Few, The Proud”. Congratulations Alex Sheldon.