Monday, October 28, 2013

Guest Post by Military Thriller Author C.N. Bring

You might remember C.N. Bring, the author of the military thriller Celia Kelly Series, which currently consist of The Pact and The Lie. In addition to being a writer, C.N. is also involved in a charitable foundation known as the Wounded Warriors Project, among other organizations that help veterans and their families. C.N. Bring is here today with a guest post about her passion for serving others. 

CN Bring

Do you ever feel like you wish you could do more to be a positive influence in the world? Chaos seems to be more prevalent every day. Sometimes it's easier to lock ourselves away in our own world and shut out the mayhem. How can we make a difference when everything seems to be a mess?

Many of us get up in the morning, get the kids ready for the day and head off to work, school or errands. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the laundry list of busy work and only 24 hours in the day. What if that was all stripped away? What if you were called up to drop everything and leave everyone behind? Military service provides certain clarity on when it comes to priorities and family values. We should all use this same "what if" logic in everyday decision-making and social interaction.

I write military mysteries and I also have a page on my website called CN Salutes where I interview those who serve and have served our country. I find myself in awe of every selfless story. Soldiers leave everything to protect all that we stand for as "One nation under God". While soldiers are over there they have families here serving on the home front. Those families sacrifice being with their loved one. They share their family with the entire nation. That's service! I am proud to say I have family who have served and currently serve in the military. One thing you learn in the military is to always put others first. I have been blessed by their example and this is what I've learned.

The truth is everyone has a responsibility to serve, whether it's an older neighbor who needs help with groceries, helping in your child's class room, or teaching Sunday school. These are just a few ways we can all make a difference. We don’t necessarily have to become a solider or superhero. There are small wars here at home that communities must band together and fight to make the world a better place every day.

We all have gifts given by God that make each of us unique and necessary to the world around us. There are many ways we can be an example to our peers and minister to others daily. When you feel compelled to help fill a need, you are being driven to serve. It's your responsibility. Serving others is what gives us purpose and direction.

You may think that your life is mundane and there is nothing you can do. No matter what your job or what walk of life you come from, it is your responsibility to serve others in some way and make a difference. We are connected to too many people to be completely self-involved. Always remember this: EVERYONE IS WATCHING! When someone looks at you, do they see an example of honor and compassion? Do they see a person of service?

Serve by making a difference one life at a time! You can be somebody's hero!

About the Author
CN Bring gravitated toward military intrigue and suspense coming from a military family. Many of her family members served in the Army and Navy and some are still serving today. She earned her Associates Degree in Criminal Investigation for Private Investigation and trained in hand guns. Bring's extensive research and life experience lend an authentic feel to her Celia Kelly Series (Military/Mystery/Thriller), as well as the Jack Sleuth Series (Crime/Mystery) for youth. Bring is also a member of Christian Motorcyclist Association, Military Writers Society of America, and Women's National Book Association. 

When Bring is not writing she is visiting children and grandchildren which takes her to various Army Bases, Los Angeles CA and Portland OR. Bring spent several years as a Motocross mom and she is also a football and hockey fan. During football season you can find her watching every game of The Green Bay Packers. Once hockey season hits, the team she cheers for is the Detroit Red Wings. Once summer hits, Bring connects with the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Daughter Melissa suffers from Lupus so that is a cause near to her heart. Bring is also a big supporter of the military, with a brother serving and a daughter who is an Army wife whose husband flies Black Hawks. Her father was an Army Veteran, her brother serves as a Lt Colonel in the Army and her Uncle was a Navy Veteran. The support system needed for soldiers and their families who serve and have served is not just a need but a responsibility from those of us who benefit from the freedoms their serve provides. 

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