“The only war that we must all fight is the one against evil.”
A definite homebody, Peter was excited for the long weekend. He learned a little bit about Memorial Day in his last week of “Transitional Kindergarten” and had one big unanswered question for me as I picked him up on Friday. “Dad, soldiers are good guys, right?” I nodded as I maneuvered out of the parking lot. “So, how do they decide who the bad guys are?” I was not exactly sure how to answer his very mature question at a 5-year old level. As I stalled at a traffic light (and in my head), I stared at the row of American flags lining the main street of our little town. I thought about all the women and men in my family and friends who have served in the armed forces. “I’m not sure how they know who to fight against Pete. For all the soldiers I know, it’s much more important to them to know what they are fighting for.” “Like us…and hot dogs?” Peter asked. Close enough, I thought as I smiled and nodded again. As a leader, often there is no clear enemy. Am I clear on what I am fighting for? How much harder is it to sacrifice when the sides are not well defined? As we remember those heroes who gave their lives for freedom, let us always choose our battles based on what we are fighting for, rather than who we may have to fight against.