Sunday, June 23, 2013

Movie Night & Life Lesson

We watched the movie "Rudy" tonight - a tradition the last night of FONC. "Rudy" is truly an inspirational movie. It deals with dedication. It deals with perseverance. It deals with setting and achieving goals. It deals with "having heart."

In the end, "having heart" is a choice. A choice we make every time we are challenged in any way. No, it has nothing to do with talent. Or abilities. Or God-given attributes. It has to do with choosing not to quit - ever. And developing this characteristic is an essential ingredient in becoming a man. Indeed, it's probably one of the most valuable character traits that one could possess.

I am very, very proud of each and every cadet that will be graduating tomorrow. Every one of them. They are finishers. They persevered. They showed heart. They got to the end of a very challenging training. They persevered.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your cadets this week. It is my prayer that each of these cadets emerges from this training as men. Men ready to take charge. Men ready to persevere any trial that comes their way.

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