If any of us thinks hard enough we will be able to define that one person, sentence, word or even gaze that we may never forget and that has an impact on us for life. For me, it was Marine Corps Sgt. Bill May.
Sgt. May was my supervisor at my first duty station in Iwakuni, Japan. He was a good Marine and a nice guy. Every day at the end of the work day, he used to gather all of his young Marines around him and ask one question, “What did you learn today?“. He would explain that even if we only learned ONE new thing per day, that would still add up to thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of new things over a lifetime.
Well, I have to admit, I don’t count the new things I learn everyday — there are just too many. But, in the time I’ve lived since knowing Sgt. May, I’ve tried to live his advice everyday and have repeated it to hundreds of people over the years. It has been the basis for each day of my life. Some of the things I learn are good…some are hard lessons that I hope to never have to learn again. But I learn, every day.