the difference between military and civilian soft-skills
Makes me laugh recalling the startled look on my new friend Dana when I answered her question with,
“Because in Basic Training, my TI used to tell me….
It’s tough being a 12 in a world of 10’s ”
That line cracked me up 40-years ago and still today after most of you don’t even remember gorgeous Bo Derek’s romantic comedy “10”!
But I digress!
Dana, hearing my story for the first time, looked like she saw a ghost expressing repeatedly, “but you’re not mean!” Military?! Nice?! Totally confused by the obvious oxymoron!
A more accurate “obvious” is beautifully written by fellow veteran and relationship builder #JustinWalker of his own experience near Somalia.
My experience is that each uniform earning the title “United States Veteran”, drapes a heart with no desire to fight, suffer, or bring harm. But rather expresses the very depth of passion and willingness to protect those who can’t stand, or who won’t.