Perspective Revisited

This week, Kyle Carpenter will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nations highest military award.

In September of 2011, I wrote the blog post below on my old running blog.

From September 1, 2011…

Tonight I ran a couple of loops around my neighborhood. The weather was a little cooler than it had been but was still warmer than I would like. I was thinking I want summer to go away. Soon. As I neared the end of my run, I could feel a painful spot on my leg where my shorts were rubbing. Suck it up, I told myself, and, note to self: buy some more BodyGlide.

On my cool down, though, I had a reminder of just how good I have it here and why I shouldn’t complain about anything. I had the privilege of running a bit with Lance Cpl Kyle Carpenter, United States Marine. To say Kyle has had a rough year would be understatement. Wounded by a direct hit from a grenade in Afghanistan last November, it is literally a miracle that he is even alive, much less running around the neighborhood. We ran about 5 minutes together, but during that short time, I was reminded of young people serving our country in much hotter places than South Carolina and with much more serious discomforts than chaffing shorts.

To read about Kyle’s story, please visit the Operation Kyle Facebook page: or

Also, please check out this video of the soon to be released song “Still in the Fight”, featuring Kyle and other wounded servicemen:


Finally, the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 is about a week away. Please spend some time reflecting on how the world has changed over the last 10 years. This week, please consider making a donation to one of these worthy causes:

Team Fisher House

Wounded Warrior Project

Thanks to Kyle and all our servicemen and women.

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Kyle is now retired from the military and is attending the University of South Carolina.  He went on to complete the 2013 Marine Corp Marathon.

For more information on Kyle and the Medal of Honor, please click on this link on the office Marin Corp website:




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