Commentary by Lt. Col. Jennifer Grant
2nd Space Operations Squadron commander
Time flies and life moves quickly. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. We need to stop and look around, to enjoy every bit of time we have with family, friends and coworkers — to stay connected. We each do this individually, but corporately, we accomplish this by participating in Wingman Days.
During our Wingman Day last week, we discussed the purpose of Wingman Days: to take time out together as a unit, to be reminded to see each other as people — not just positions — and to ensure we have time to pause and reconnect with our loved ones, friends and members in meaningful ways.
Robert Fulghum wrote a book in 1989 titled, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, in which he shares uncommon thoughts on rather common things. While we each already know what it takes to lead a meaningful life, some of his thoughts are worth repeating. In fact, Sen. Dan Evans was so touched by Fulghum’s words he had them read into Congressional Record.
Excerpts from Fulghum’s credo are worth considering as we reflect on maintaining balance in our own lives:
“Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody…Live a balanced life — learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work everyday…when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder…and then remember…the biggest word of all — LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere…take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm…”
His tenets seem basic, but they address the essence of being balanced in life and maintaining a healthy perspective as we interact with each other. Take a moment to stop what you are doing and think about it. Wingman Days provide us an opportunity to focus on what is going on around us, but we need to do this each day. We need to treat each other as we would like to be treated, to be observant and to see what is happening in each others’ lives — and to meet needs as we find them. Discover a little bit of wonder each day and share that with our family, friends and coworkers.
Life does move quickly. If we do not take time to stop and look around, we might miss something. No matter how old we get, it is still best to go out into the world ensuring we are surrounded by people with whom we can hold hands and stick together. Everybody needs somebody. Life is much better that way, don’t you think?