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Justifiable Pride

SALT LAKE CITY -- It's been a long time since I last read the Sunday morning comics, but last I looked, there was a comic called, Where's Waldo? I once read that the creator of "Waldo" said, "My life had no meaning before Waldo...Waldo gave meaning to my life."

That comment is almost as funny and pathetic as something I heard Vanna White say. Now hopefully most people know who Vanna White is - she's the one who has been turning letters on Wheel of Fortune for more than 20 years. For those who are Wheel of Fortune fans, many have seen her clap her hands and say, "Come on one thousand - big money!" Several years ago she was interviewed about her job and she commented saying, "Turning letters is my life."

According to the two people mentioned above, one found meaning in a cartoon and another found meaning in letters. Obviously, they have also made a lot of money through each, but this is where they say they have found significance.

However, for those of us who are a part of the Utah Air National Guard, few organizations provide greater significance. When we share in this partnership, we know that our work has local, national and global significance. Obviously, our involvement does not make us as much money as Waldo or Wheel of Fortune, but it should provide a wonderful sense of value and significance. We can speak of our involvement with justifiable pride and hopefully that is the attitude that each of us has.