Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

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Sunday Inspiration: The Greatest

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A U.S. Air Force Guardian Angel Team, consisting of pararescuemen, combat rescue officers and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, conduct a high altitude, low opening military free fall jump working with a C-130J Super Hercules flown by the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 23, 2018. Guardian Angel Team members conduct training on all aspects of combat, medical procedures and search and rescue tactics to hone their skills, providing the highest level of tactical capabilities to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

The Greatest

Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could stall me
And then came the rush of the flood
Stars at night turned deep to dust
Melt me down
Into big black armour
Leave no trace of grace
Just in your honor
Lower me down
Culprit south
Make ’em wash a space in town
For the lead
And the dregs of my bed
I’ve been sleeping
Lower me down
Pin me in
Secure the grounds
For the later parade
Once I wanted to be the greatest
Two fists of solid rock
With brains that could explain any feeling
Lower me down
Pin me in
Secure the
When did wanting to be the greatest, at whatever we pursued, stop? When did we give up on ourselves? Wasn’t life supposed to hit our chest like a pebble on our armor or did it knock the breath out of us? Did we chest up and throw ourselves back at life?! When did we quit pursuing our dreams? The time can start now for new pursuits, for us to carve out new paths and let the feelings of hope arise once more. Maybe your body is old but the mind is strong. Tonight find a horizon to look out over and plan your next mission. Let the sun set on the past and pursue a powerful future.

*The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Spotter Up Magazine, the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site. *Image of me following my older brother and sister in Vietnam. **Image of jumper from Greg at


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