From heart to yours:
To My Dedicated WLO Supporters, Practitioners and Volunteers,
Got this message this morning from Elaine, CEO of TRI (Traumatic Resource Institute). Please do me the courtesy of reading the NY times article Elaine sent me this morning.
Sitting here remembering what every effort we (WLO) make it about. Every minute of every meeting, on the phone, discussing organization, discussing logistics for trips, money, etc. etc. We must not lose sight of WHY we are moved deep within to carry out the mission of healing Veterans, their families and the communities in which they reside.
Beautiful, and innocent in so many ways are these men and women who have fought WAR for this country and for the freedoms we experience daily. So often we forget what so many are doing so we can have the lives that we have.
As I write this email, there is someone today that is sitting there contemplating why they exist anymore. I know we can’t save everybody, but I cannot sit idle and do nothing.
I send this to each of you as a plea, to search deep within, to understand and know why you want to be a part of this great mission. Its not simple, and its not easy, and it takes work on all levels of spirit, heart, body and mind. It takes time, and it takes money, most of all it takes passion of the heart. This is no simple fight we have engaged. The call is great, but the benefits have the potentiality to be much, much greater.
I cannot lie. I sit here this morning with tears in my eyes.
Moments ago, I had the opportunity to watch the televised speech The Holy Father, Pope Francis, made to Congress. It echoed in my ears when he addressed our Nation at the very beginning…calling us the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Its a big day to reflect, and re-dedicate our lives and hearts to something greater then ourselves.
I send this email to each of you, to my dedicated WLO supporters, practitioners and volunteers and to the one in need, in an effort to re-dedicate myself, to remind myself when hurdles arise that every second of every minute we work to form WLO, and other organizations working to create healing, is a moment spent in the right and needed direction. I can only simply state, that it is my calling, and I re-dedicate myself to it now.
Let us not be numb to the call! Please, let us not feel frozen, unable to MOVE, by the sheer number of “Combat Veterans Suffering from PTSD.” Even I get lost in the calling at times and I humbly urge you to remind me of my words here in the future and in years to come. Even I will forget the importance of what we are doing and the urgency behind what we are being called forth to provide; that being healing. Even I will get lost in the work and the day to day.
Let our fires be rekindled to move this morning?
Thank you all for being a part of WLO.
Thank you for recognizing the mission we are endeavoring upon.
Thank you To My Dedicated WLO Supporters, Practitioners and Volunteers!
It truly takes all of us and each of us in this healing community to share our hearts, share our humanness, and share compassion in a loving and caring way.