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Normandy Beach screams, “Seventy years ago!” We are arrested by its cry just as sure as many GI’s were stopped in their tracks by the 1,200-rounds-per-minute German machine gun called the  MG-42.

History buffs and military friends alike seem to have their favorite (oxymoron?) battle and a complete exposition on why it was the most decisive, courageous, underdoggish or turnaround conflict in the  (fill-in-the-blank)   war or in the history of our country.

They will list inspiring names like Normandy or Chosin in the Korean conflict,  the Battle of Saratoga or Trenton (depending on what state you live in) in The Revolution or Gettysburg in the Civil War or, again, (fill in the blank).

We all have personal battles that will define us and become our “un”favorite. They will take some courage and hopefully some friends and family to get through.

I saw a woman at a recent conference who walked with a limp and I wondered what she has had to do to win her battle. I viewed a documentary on obesity and felt for those who were losing their skirmish with weight.

Another friend said his back and gout were so bad he had to go down his stairs on his backside. I know people with father wounds who lick them as we speak. There are those who struggle with their sexual identity and those who can’t seem to win the fight over stress or finances. And I work with so many seniors who are walking under the weight of aging-related issues wondering which one will eventually take their lives.

Choose your battle. It’s there.

Just the other day, I felt bad that I was forced into going to a lumber yard on a national holiday. I try to honor the day with more ceremonial behavior. Wearing my guilt, I pull into the parking lot… only to find out that the place was packed. Sparring with the battle over time, I wasn’t the only one who had succumbed.

If we didn’t have a battle to fight, we wouldn’t understand the ravages, scars and plight of the personal conflicts that others are fighting – some desperately. If we fail to recognize and confront our own battles, we could easily fall into the trap of judging others.

Battles call for allies. Lafayette was a Frenchman who assisted Washington in the Revolution and was actually there for the British surrender at Yorktown. Many others helped America break out of its bondage.

I pray that we’d become allies who will help other move toward victory and not bombard them so as to make them any more shellshocked than they are already. The war is all around us. Just choose your battles.

BELOW: SMILE WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE AT THE PHARMACY COUNTER BECAUSE THEY ARE PROBABLY FIGHTING THEIR OWN BATTLE AS EVIDENCED BY THE HUNDREDS OF PRODUCTS FOR EACH PERSONAL WAR.

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