There comes a time in everyone’s life when we have to make a split second decision about whether or not to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone. Sometimes the decision is easier than others. It could be choosing to talk to that pretty girl at the coffee shop, quick, before she leaves. Or whether to raise your hand in class or at a work meeting when you have something important”but possibly controversial”to say. Often times we let these small, fleeting opportunities slip away. But there are those times when we conquer our nerves and plunge right in. It doesn’t always work out well, but at least the effort was given.
The officer in the video above was faced with this kind of split-second decision to make when the slated performer for the National Anthem didn’t show up on game night. There was no one left to perform this traditional and”in many people’s eyes”necessary service before the game could start. Already a skilled performer in his own right, he knew he could help. And instead of keeping quiet on the sidelines, he reached out to organizers and lent them his voice. The result is spectacular!
Officer Carlton Smith is decked out in his full uniform as he stands in the middle of the packed stadium. The announcer asks the crowd to rise, and take a moment to honor both Officer Smith, and all his brothers and sisters in blue, out on the streets keeping us safe. With the spotlight shining on his wide, innocent eyes, Smith lifts his voice to the ceiling and delivers a warm and moving National Anthem to usher in the game.
Check out Officer Smith’s performance in the video above. What did you think? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!