Selfless Acts of Service

Written by guest blogger CW4 Doug Petersen (Ret), who served 20 years as a US Army Aviator.  A decorated Vietnam veteran, Doug was a Dustoff pilot and was shot down twice during his tour. Check out more of Doug’s work at, or listen to his TEDx Talk.

This is part four of an eight-part series on values. Each of the eight-blog posts will focus on one core value and how it applies to our veterans and those still serving our country.

There aren’t very many of our men and women serving overseas who wouldn’t want to be home for a birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other special occasions. Their wishes are overridden by their service to our country. Our veterans know this same feeling, and yet, neither group complain. It’s their dedication to serve all Americans that stands above all.

The journey is not always easy, and in fact, there are times when we need help. And when we reach out, the hand of a leader is there to give of themselves in serving us in our needs. Their hands toil in our difficulty, and their words of wisdom guide us through these tough times during our journey.

Their selfless acts of service are not random, or ‘just this once’; their serving others is only their being who they are… a serving leader. Their sacrifices in serving others are not their primary focus; the need of others is their priority. Many of us may think we are not leaders, when, in fact, we are. In the words of John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” And when we find ways to serve others, help them on their journey, find ways to meet their needs, and not focus on ours, we are a serving leader.

Living the value of service in our daily lives is not always the easy path for us. It is, however, one that can be the most rewarding values we can practice. It’s putting the needs of others ahead of our own, serving as a mentor, friend, brother, sister, mom, or dad; we become a serving leader.

Today’s Journey is all about service.

Inspire: Today’s Journey, by Douglas N Petersen. ISBN 978-1-62137-639-2 (softcover); 978-1-62137-640-8 (electronic). Library of Congress Control Number: 2014921800
. Cover photograph by iStock contributor David Wilberg. Cover design by VBW staff, Kassi Cooper.
Published 2014 by Publishing Inc., P.O. Box 9949. College Station, TX 77842, US. ©2014 Douglas N Petersen. All rights reserved.





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