Ready To Punch That Time Card

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After seeing “Lone Survivor” on Sunday, I have decided to do a series of posts with my random thoughts from the film. There’s just too much there to wrap up in one review. There is so much that was rich and powerful and important. There are so many lessons about bravery and sacrifice and brotherhood. If you want my review, I give it a 5 out of 5. My only disclaimer is that there are a truck load of “F-Bombs.” I mean every other word, hour and a half worth of “F-Bombs.” War isn’t pretty and the language isn’t either. It is what it is. Just know that going into the film.

One of the more powerful moments in the film comes before the first bullet is shot. These 4 heroes have just realized they are surrounded and the enemy is closing in. With his crosshairs on a target, Marcus Luttrell (played by Mark Wahlberg) says 2 of the most interesting phrases…

“We’re fixin’ to get into a pretty big gun fight.”

He releases the safety on his rifle, puts his finger on the trigger and says….

“I’m about ready to punch that time card.”

To which one of the other 4 brothers says.

“Do it.”

It is no surprise what happens next. If you haven’t seen the film, I won’t ruin it with a lot of details. Basically a war breaks out between 4 American Navy SEALs and what appears to be the entire Taliban. It feels that way anyway. These 4 knew the odds. They knew the cost. They knew the sacrifice. The knew this wasn’t going to be an easy win. They knew they had trained for this moment. They were together. They were one and they said…”Do it.”

Since I’ve adopted the “Be Brave” slogan for 2014, I thought this part of the film was so fitting. In no way do I want to diminish or compare the acts of war and bravery of these heroes from our military to anything you or I would face. Yet that mentality is something I wish I could bottle up. It’s inspiring as we look through the figurative crosshairs of whatever stands before us in 2014. To have the strength and courage to look at overwhelming odds, unknown results and potential costs and still release the “safety” and say…

“I’m about ready to punch that time card.”

To which I respond

“Do it.”

#BeBrave

*Disclaimer – I’m certainly not recommending we literally shoot anything or anyone. Again, I don’t mean that literally. Just so we’re clear.

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