This has been an interesting past few months… I have been putting myself through the fire academy, while working on the weekends, with the continuous and unbelievable support of my wife and family.
I’ve learned a lot more than I ever expected to get out of this experience. The friendships I’ve developed, the basic concepts and duties of the fire service, as well as the intrinsic values that are instilled in recruits. We’ve learned the importance of humility, integrity, and respect.
Every generation looks at new ways to do things and improve on the old teachings, but equally of importance is recognizing and adhering to the anchor of tradition that holds us steadfast in troubling times. This is a concept that the fire service holds onto, and as I understand now, for very good reasons.
Though they are seemingly endless days, and sometimes sleepless nights, I keep one particular paragraph in mind to get me through the week… “Everyday do more than is required.
What is the difference between those who consistently achieve their goals and those who spend their lives and career merely following?
The extra mile.”