Continue Mission

23 Jul

Received some heavy news today.

As the shock, confusion, fear, anger and despair started to creep in, it was my poem “Charlie Mike” that came to mind and eased my racing brain.

I believe that most people who walk the path of the Warrior do so because they were shattered in way. 7 years ago, my wife and I suffered a miscarriage, followed by 7 years of the purgatory known as infertility.

After 7 years of constantly trying, we were finally successful in getting pregnant again. I’ve kept the news pretty quiet just because of everything I’ve been through, with the miscarriage, my injuries, chronic pain, etc. I’ve learned that balance works best for me; controlling my emotions both in times of greatest joy and lowest lows.

During our second ultrasound today, we found out our baby might be missing one of its legs. In addition, my wife’s life may be at risk if it was an infection that caused the missing limb.

It’s natural to let one’s mind race, but my wife and I are finding peace in focusing on *this moment*, letting go of how we wanted things to go and instead recognizing, accepting, and even embracing new developments.

No matter how hard life kicks at you, always remember that you have two choices; end the mission, or Charlie Mike: Continue Mission.

Charlie Mike

There will be times in life when you
Feel that you’re overwhelmed
You’ve suffered too much loss and feel
The wheel cannot be helmed

It starts to rain and won’t ease up
It just proceeds to pour
It’s in those times you should recall
The words of our brave Corps

“Charlie Mike” is what troops say
When plans all go to shit
They do not abort their mission
Instead, they deal with it

“Charlie Mike” from the NATO
Phonetic Alphabet
The letters “C” and “M” declare
It isn’t over yet

It means “CONTINUE MISSION”
And it has carried me through
Times of loss and sorrow when
I knew not what to do

When I could not devise a plan
In face of all the strife
“Charlie Mike’s” the one plan that
Helped me go on with life

When your mind is elsewhere and
You’re too focused on grief
“Charlie Mike” will move your legs
And help turn a new leaf

Regardless of your losses
Even if they’re catastrophic
Keep it simple instead of
Being so philosophic

Take note from our warriors
Adorned in camouflage
“Charlie Mike” no matter how
Persistent the barrage

~Miro

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8 Responses to “Continue Mission”

  1. Eric Tonningsen July 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    First, I feel for you and your wife. Deeply. Second, many of us have had what seemed at the time, insurmountable challenges…trials. To your post, the difference between warriors, survivors and thrivers – and those who wallow in the victim sphere – is that we have a well of strength, love and tenacity that will ALWAYS pull us through. Prayers and strength being sent your way. CM!

  2. You As A Machine July 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    My thoughts are with you and your wife.

  3. madamestyx July 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Miro this is beautiful. I could use CM right now, thank you. After 8 years I finally became pregnant. My doc’s office called on a Friday to say something might be wrong with the baby and come Monday I’d have to be prepared to decide if I was going to abort him. Cold and callous. It was horrible. I decided to grind my way through the fear and now have a beautiful 15 yr old son. You are amazingly strong and it shows in your beautiful words. I’m also sending prayers!

  4. Mike Fisk July 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Prayers headed Your Way!

  5. Cat Forsley July 24, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    With You and Your Wife Miro …….
    Prayers Prayers and love thoughts >>>>>>>>>
    love your friend
    always
    Cat x

  6. lscotthoughts August 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    After commenting on your recent post, Miro, I decided to go back and see what’s going on…I’m so sorry for what you and your wife have been experiencing and I send much love and many prayers for both of you…Lauren xxxx

  7. Felander's Game Space August 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Miro,

    I only just read your poem Charlie Mike and found it encouraging. I too have had to deal with some really – challenging – we will say, obstacles over the past 12 months and life hasn’t been easy. Hell, it has been very challenging to say the least. Your poem resonated with me and I look forward to reading more of your blog to let me know how other people deal with the challenges that face them.

    Thanks for voicing your adversity. We are all human and a human response is a comfort.

    I do want to wish you and your family the best.

    James

  8. Sue Dreamwalker October 7, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Working my way backwards though all of your posts I send your wife my healing thoughts Miro and to you… You spirit and strength will I know have helped you over these very sad and distressing time….
    Love and Blessings to you all…
    Sue

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