Investing in Freedom

FreedomIt is not my job, it is my duty to be inspired and inspire others.  Since my early twenties, I have said final farewells to nineteen brave patriots, heroes and friends.  Each paid the price for freedom before the rigors of life made them old and gray.  These are nineteen friends that I had planned to grow old with, but instead I honor their sacrifice to trade in their future as an investment in my freedom.  Eternally young, never forgotten and always cherished are those nineteen.

It is those nineteen patriots that have become my vigor to wake up each day and carry on their memory by living a life worth living for.  I am just a human and not a super hero, but I choose to live a life out of a duty to make a difference each day, one person and one moment at a time.  The sacrifices of the nineteen have given me the privilege to carry on their dreams by helping others fulfill theirs.

There are days that surprise me with the opportunities to learn something new about the world I live in.  Recently, I had one of those days.  After a simple act of website dusting and cleaning, I discovered a space in time where I had no clue of the impact that my career has on the lives of others.  The website overhaul included the tasks of updating the testimonials of Raving Fans.

In the past, I cut and pasted testimonial text into our website.  For whatever happenstance, this latest update did not have testimonials in a document in which I could cut and paste.  With the rolling of my eyes, I began the tedious task of typing each testimonial.  It was this act of typing that slowed me down and forced me to take notice of what was being said about a service I had taken for granted.  Each person was making an investment in their future and making a sacrifice for their own personal freedom.  Each story was inspiring and gave a hint of a life in which dreams were coming true.

At that moment, I was reminded of my duty to inspire others, so that others may inspire me.  For those who have given their lives for me, it is my privilege to change the lives of others for the better.  Sometimes I need to slow down and take assessment of the things I take for granted.

On the other side of fear, is freedom!


The Manus Group Stephanie YoungAbout the Author

Stephanie Young is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Manus Group, where she is an active blogger, social media contributor and spokesperson for one of the nation’s leading automotive recruiting and training firms. Stephanie is also the current Ms. Florida Forestry Queen, promoting her platform encouraging young woman to pursue their interests in STEM field careers.

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