It can be hard to ignore the turmoil of life and find joy. However, Sinise suggests looking beyond oneself, recognizing the trials of others and helping them find that joy.
Life brings several challenges to cope with and one often gets weary of getting back up. In frail moments such as these, it may be tough to have a gratitude-oriented approach to life and find happiness. However, contrary to what many believe, joy isn’t always found within oneself, it can be found through external sources as well. Actor and director Gary Sinise elaborated on the same in a video shared on Veteran’s Day. In the clip, he revealed a secret to finding joy and how it’s not so much found within oneself as it is found externally. On being asked for advice for veterans who are struggling, Sinise shared his example of how he finds joy in helping others.
The actor said, “I have a lot of joy in being able to serve and being able to reach out to men and women who serve our country.” Sinise was referring to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which has been set up to serve and honor veterans in need. The non-profit organization is dedicated to raising awareness about the sacrifices they make for the country and to extending a helping hand to them. Sinise then elaborated on his previous statement by saying, “I would encourage anybody that’s struggling to look outside yourself for a second.” Sinise then added that there will likely be somebody who has a challenge that’s even greater than yours.
Furthermore, the actor suggested helping them. The aim was to look at the challenges of others and recognize with gratitude the blessings one has. “In turn, I think that would give you great joy and help heal that broken heart,” Sinise concluded. The caption of the post gave a little background on how Sinise was able to develop the idea and practice it. It read, “Gary Sinise - well known for his role as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in ‘Forrest Gump’ found himself in a dark place, trying to cope with the loss and horror. He took a page from Lieutenant Dan’s book and started giving back to others as a way to heal himself.”
The actor himself, who has dedicated much of his life to healing and helping veterans, was able to receive an invaluable lesson from a veteran himself. Sinise continues to do a fantastic job giving to others and finding joy by helping. He even played with a band for veterans in Franklin recently as part of the foundation’s program to honor the unsung heroes.
Several commenters applauded the actor for his efforts and his priceless message and advice. @rakinmessier shared their experience saying, “I volunteered for the Snowball Express and I can't express the joy and emotions. It’s the most amazing feeling ever! We all have new friends and can't wait until next year! Thank you for everything!” Sinise’s various posts on his Instagram along with those of the foundation reflect much that he has learned by helping out veterans and others. These are the things that have contributed to giving him the joy and peace he shares with many. His life is evidence of his advice working out for the better of himself and others. Joy can be found doing something for others, look around and you will see!
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