For a guy who spent 23 years serving his nation overseas, retired Army veteran Gregory A. Stube appreciates the value of femininity and motherhood a lot more than one might expect.
He understands, for instance, that a man lacking in the very sort of love and compassion that our mothers bestow upon us is a man who’s ultimately not at his best.
“I’ve too often witnessed ugly outcomes as a result of people being too macho,” he explained in a Mother’s Day tribute published at Fox News over the weekend.
“Testosterone is very necessary, but it must be tempered with a mother’s love and compassion. We are better and we even fight better when we are strong enough to love in any environment, just as our mothers, when at their best, show us.”
And yes, as shocking as the notion may seem, it requires a great deal of love and compassion to succeed in the Special Forces, especially when dealing with “people in lesser-developed places,” Stube wrote.
“I’ve pulled teeth for people who were miserable with dental pain. I’ve handed out prenatal vitamins and made small but real contributions toward reducing infant mortality rates, and even delivered babies in the absence of medical facilities.”
“I’ve provided trauma management for the seriously injured and wounded. Even if we were handing out blankets or digging wells for hygienic water sources, I have always felt like we were doing great things to influence populations with love and compassion,” he added.
Learn more about his military history in the Fox News interview below:
The ability to perform these duties with love and compassion doesn’t come from military training. It comes from our mothers, whom Stube noted taught “us to love, support and to protect.”
It’s important this point be amplified, he continued, because contemporary culture often defines manhood in “simplistic and even boyish ways that only concentrate on stoicism and tough-guy combat skills.”
But that’s false. A truly “well rounded” man is both tough and soft at the same time — much like a mother.
“The beauty in a mother’s love is that her fight to safeguard her child is a justified one. She won’t have to regret what she did, and she will certainly win the fight with whatever resources are available. A mother will tend to make decisions less in favor of herself and more in favor of us,” Stube wrote.
He learned this the hard way by spending over a year trapped in a military hospital, left to sit idly by and ponder his life. It took him going through hell to finally realize the importance of love, compassion and giving.
“It took a horrifying year in a hospital to make me aware that I have been supported more than I’ve supported others,” he concluded. “As I try to make up for that, I want to say today and always, God bless mothers everywhere.”
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