There is so much in life, the good, the bad, and the in between (the “meh”, if you will). And we as humans often find it difficult balancing such things in life. We may wake up with so much good planned for the day, only to go to sleep with so much bad on our minds. Or we may be having a great day, and then something bad throws the rest of the day off the rails. If this sounds familiar, well then, we can officially confirm you are a human, like me, like everyone else around you. We are all people, we all have strengths, and we all have weaknesses, but the good news is what affects us in our day to day lives is in the end up to us. We can either choose to let our momentary troubles deepen our sorrow, or we can overcome them and hold on the hope that there is always the sweet after the sour, the rainbow after the storm, and the honor after the humility. Now, one may be asking “What does this have to do with Norwich University?”, well I’m glad you asked. Because in Norwich, if you join the Corp of Cadets, you are going to make so many mistakes, there is going to be numerous times in which everything is going to go wrong entirely. But this doesn’t mean you are defeated, for the Rookdom process here at Norwich is quite simple. Try your hardest, you're going to fail, but you must try again and again and again and so forth, and eventually, you will achieve your objective, it may take a thousand defeats, but it will be worth that victory. But we must realize that if we go in it alone, we will never succeed. I came to Norwich University with the mindset that I can’t trust anyone in the world besides myself. But then, I joined the Corp of Cadets, and I learned that I was wrong, and I was never happier than I was then to hear that. For in the Corp of Cadets one makes lifetime friends that stick closer than brothers. They’re going to help you in the little things, that wind up being made to be the big things, and you’ll do the same for them. They may help you lace your boot properly, help you become faster, or teach you how to find “x” in an equation. And even though these are the little things, they can make a world of difference in that moment. My point is if I haven’t made it clear already is the little things in life add up, but their worth is truly determined by how much of our time and focus we give to them. The number of times we fail can either serve as a reminder of how bad we are at something, or how much opportunity we have to become better. So, some final words for today would have to be “Achievers are resolute in their goals and driven by determination. Discouragement is temporary, obstacles are overcome, and doubt is defeated, yielding to personal victory. You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals. Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory” (George S. Patton), and of course, have a great day!