I have a question for you- Who’s got your six?
This phrase is very well known among service members, and in today’s crisis ridden world knowing the answer is almost a matter of mental health.
I remember hearing an officer use the phrase “I’ve got your 6” to his friend in a movie one evening – They were about to go into a building and face a potentially dangerous situation.
Naturally curious about something I didn’t understand, I did what any person desiring knowledge does- I googled it!
I learned that the phrase actually dates back to World War I fighter pilots. It focuses on watching out for the other person’s safety and well-being. These days this “clock reference”, with 12 o’clock being the view in front and 6 o’clock often unprotected behind, is not only used in military settings but law-enforcement as well.
I don’t know about you but I feel like we are in the midst of a battle almost on a daily basis. If this resonates with you this question is more crucial than ever. Who’s got your six?
Who are the friends or family members closest to you that have your back during these critical times?
Last week was a rough one, I have to admit. This world lost a couple of great people that you probably never hear of, but the loss left a void my circle and in the lives of people I care about.
When you receive life shattering news like this how do you respond?
Do you know that you are not in this alone?
I have friends that I probably don’t reach out to often enough to let them know how significant they are to me. Maybe this is why an outpouring of love and support is so often a surprise to them.
I’m going to change this starting now.
I want people to know that I am there for them and I want to know who is there for me when the battle rages all around.
Lately, it feels like the world is spinning faster and faster (almost out of control) and it’s hard to stop and be intentional with your time and relationships. We are so focused on entertainment and technology that we often overlook the lives that are passing by before our very eyes.
I am going to encourage you to look up and show up!
Let’s not only be present for the times of celebration and milestones, such as birthdays and holidays; Let’s also learn to become intentional about nurturing the relationships that are important to you on a daily or weekly basis. You may have to invest time and conversation if you want to know who will be there for you when it feels like you are all alone. And you need to practice being there for them.
Let’s “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn”. (Rom. 12:15 NIV)
Celebrate your friends and cement those relationships!
AND ~ Don’t be surprised if you get a call or card from me ☺️