Dreams, Purpose, Success, Change & Wisdom

Today’s “Monday Motivations” are inspired by my son’s Marine Crucible later this week. To give you an idea of the Crucible, MarineParents.com, Inc, created the

“Forged by the Fire of The Crucible – The Transformation is Forever”

On Thursday at 2:00 am , Luke will begin his Crucible, the final test before, on Saturday, he claims his Eagle, Globe, & Anchor and he is officially a Marine.

Fun Facts about

    Marine's Boot Camp Crucible
  • Takes place over 54 hours
  • Covers 48 miles
  • Includes 45 lbs of gear,
  • 36 Warrior Stations,
  • 20 Team Building Exercises,
  • 6 Hours of Sleep, and
  • 2 MRE’s

Luke's Crucible starts on Thursday at 2:00 am. In support, I will be lighting a candle that I’ll keep burning for his 56 hour Crucible experience.

And while there was a time that I would have found preparations for the Crucible exciting, today, I’m admittedly not even close to being prime for such a challenge. Having said that, I’d still love to rappel down the Marine’s 75 foot boot camp tower – I love rappelling!

In the meantime, I’m also sending Luke daily letters with themed quotes for this week leading up to his Crucible. Here are some of my favorites – they all come from BrainyQuotes.com:

Personal Dreams:

“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

~ Colin Powell


“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

~ John F. Kennedy


“What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.”

~ Margaret Thatcher

Change (PS I really think this one is both cool and profound):

“When you alter yourself, the alterations become the truth...”

~ Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Wisdom, Understanding, & Self-Actualization:

“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.”

~ Bo Bennett

May you have a week filled with dreams, purpose, success and the blessings of change, wisdom, understanding, and self-actualization!

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