"We all did, Sir"

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On May 2, 2011 the elite special force unit known as SEAL Team 6 killed Osama Bid Laden in his fortified compound in Afghanistan. The effectiveness of Navy SEAL teams are legendary, precisely because they act as teams.

The son of a good friend is a Navy SEAL, so we sometimes hear a bit of the back story. Because getting Bin Laden has been a military goal since the tragedy on 9/11, it was important to Barack Obama that it was finally accomplished. Sometime after the successful raid, the President met with the men of SEAL Team 6 to thank them for their extraordinary service. While congratulating the lot of them, Obama was reported to have said that he just wanted to know which man had made the fatal shot?

The Commander-in-Chief’s question at first was met by silence. Then, in true SEAL Team fashion, a soldier spoke up: “We all did, Sir.”

This makes me wonder how life would be if we learned to play as a team with the rest of humanity and the Earth. Heck, what if we could just get our politicians to see that they are on a ‘governing team’ or a ‘leadership team.’

In creating the future we want, let’s be able to stand together, no one better than another, each one supporting his/her ‘teammates’ and truly say, “We all did, Sir.”