Sgt. Corey Muzzy and his wife Michelle are living examples of what strong faith and open-hearted gratitude are all about, and they prove that every day as they work to overcome what most would view as significant obstacles recently placed in their path.
Yet as you listen to Michelle Muzzy talk, as she did in an interview with a Sampson Independent staff writer earlier this week, one doesn’t get the feeling that the young wife of an Amry sergeant looks at the obstacles but rather focuses on the blessings.
And those blessings are many, in spite of the challenges that began when the 24-year-old Muzzy, a cannon crew member of the 18th Fires Brigade Field Artillery Regiment, was injured along with other soldiers in a live-fire training accident at Ft. Bragg. The incident killed the soldier next to Muzzy, critically injured him and one other solider and left five others with minor injuries.
But despite Muzzy’s injuries, which include blindness and the amputation of his right leg, his wife believes the couple is extremely blessed, even noting how good her husband’s spirits are.
They both know, she indicated in that interview, that Muzzy is blessed to be alive, and they are thankful for that most precious of gifts. The other issues, Mrs. Muzzy attested, are things with which they can learn to handle.
Her her own words: “He’s alive. Someone died; he was standing right next to Corey. My husband wasn’t shouldn’t even be here, and he is, so I’m over the moon … none of this changes anything, it makes me love him more … if that’s possible.”
And therein lies the example of a woman finding the silver lining in what many would see as a dark and ominous cloud.
It is an example we could all learn from in our own day-to-day lives, looking for the positives in situations rather than always focusing on the negative. While we can’t ignore those, even the most difficult of situations can be tempered with the silver lining that can usually be found if we’ll only look.
Another of those silver linings in the lives of the Muzzys comes in the form of a benefit being held next Wednesday at the Railroad St. Steakhouse in Roseboro, with proceeds helping to offset the mounting medical bills the recently married couple now face.
It is to the credit of Richard and Laura Barefoot that such an event is being made possible. The couple always reach out to support the Roseboro community and beyond and this is just an extension of their willingness to use their business to help others.
The benefit is next Wednesday, March 19 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Roseboro eatery, with eat-in or take-out plates available, and tickets are still available.
We urge those who can to take part in this wonderful opportunity to support one of our servicemen and his family. Our men and women of the Armed Services — both active duty and veterans — always have our full support and heart-felt gratitude and respect, but this offers us all an opportunity to do more than offer words of thanks. We can act, and doing so we can show just how much we care, both for this family in its time of need and to all soldiers who give sacrifice so much for us each and every day.