Julie K. Hersh

Struck By Living

Jacob Schick: Resilience Through Staying on Mission

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jacob Schick explains what helped him through Iraq and beyond

Posted Jun 29, 2014

Marine Corps Corporal Jacob Schick and his wife Lt. Laura Young Schick

Jake, always on the clock, texted me this from a wedding ceremony (sorry Jake, busted!). Granted it was a Catholic ceremony, with a bit more time to think than most. His response was so profound, I didn’t want to muck things up by adding my own words. Along with Honor Courage Commitment, here is Jake’s credo, unedited, straight from his phone:

“The 3 P's

Principles: If you live your life according to the principles that you truly believe in, you will find that it's much easier to love yourself. Chaos tends to rapidly find those that stray away from their principles. Once you've learned how to quickly get back on the path once you've gotten out of your lane, it's much more conducive to your overall happiness

Passion: Everything you do, you should do with passion. If you're not passionate about something, it's not worth your time. We all too often waste time on mundane things that are in no way, shape, or form relevant to who we truly are; this is a recipe for disaster. Living with passion gives us purpose. 

Patience: This one is the most difficult. We have become a society obsessed with instant gratification. We are, by far, the most spoiled group of people on this planet. Patience is something that we seldom put into practice. That is the trick, we must consistently practice patience, because when we want instant gratification, we lose out on the abundance of joy that life provides. 

Jake, known to quote Thucydides

One thing that I've learned is that controversy can be the most influential teacher to us all. Every time I've experienced controversy, I've learned from it. As a result, I've got character. This is a saying that I came up with a while back, ‘From controversy, comes character. Which way you go with that character, well, that's up to you.’ 

Ross Perot, Sr. and Jake Schick

Through all of my trials and tribulations, through all of my pain and suffering, I've learned this; life is, without question, worth living. So live it according to your principles with overwhelming passion, and always remember, practicing patience will save you from yourself. “

Thank you Jake, not only for being the guardian of the gate, but sharing the wisdom gained from your experience.

This blog came about from a frantic set of messages sent to meet a June deadline for my Psychology Today blog. I asked people to give me their top three methods for coping, as well as the things that trip them up in daily life. Over the next ten weeks, I’m going to share these stories (given people will let me share them). Thank you Jake for leading the way!


For more information about Julie K Hersh, Struck by Living or Decidí Vivir (the Spanish translation of Struck by Living, now availble via preorder on Amazon) go to the Struck by Living website.

Julie's Top Ten for wellness can be found on her website: Adult Top Ten.

 

Honor Courage Commitment at the Texas Rangers Baseball game on June 25, 2014