Sometimes we fail to appreciate how wealthy and well off we all are. One of the Battle Company soldiers snapped a photo of a buddy tossing out trash at their remote FOB in remote Afghanistan this week, Christmas week and a season in which we engage in overdoing spending on ‘things.’
There is nothing remarkable in the photo below if you only see the soldier.
But look closely and focus on the background. There you’ll see an Afghan child digging through the trash. The soldier who took this remarkable photo didn’t say what the child was looking for … probably food and any other scrap which will make his life in unbelievable poverty slightly less awful.
Next time you are inclined to complain about anything, remember this scene and be grateful for the gifts in life you’ve been given. Then, go out and share.
Finally, please note that the soldier in this picture, Sgt. Kenton Dewitt Miller, is holding his weapon ready for use – he’s there to protect that child! Indeed, there is hope in this world. Thank you Kenton! Amen.
Sadly, I’ve learned that the Army missed the point of the picture entirely – Sgt. Miller got hassled because his shirt sleeves were rolled up while he was at a garbage dump of all things. Dumb!
PS – for those who want to reuse this photo, please give him credit and then mark it with with this: Copyright (c) 2011 Kenton Dewitt Miller. All rights reserved.