First of all, please excuse my failure to post regularly. Since my last post I started building a shed in the backyard. After two days of working on it alone, I realized how out of shape I am. Moving about 1000 pounds of materials four times on the first day made me sore. Then moving them as I needed from the garage to the backyard and erecting walls made me even more sore to the point I praised the Lord when I woke up to the sound of a thunderstorm yesterday meaning I could not work! This was a good thing because I had trouble just getting out of bed.
As I laid in bed in pain, I had a lot of opportunity to reflect. I chided myself for being out of shape, I chided myself for over doing it the previous two days, and I chided myself for not getting help because….. well because it’s a man thing to try and do things on our own even when we know it is a 2 or more person task.
I also reflected on how I have lived my life so far, obstacles overcome, and opportunities missed. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I have not done too bad. I went from a scrawny kid with no self esteem to retiring after a successful military career; and then going on to help other veterans after that. I would have continued on the path of helping my fellow veterans except for a….. let’s just say I had a personality conflict with the person in the supervisory position which lead me to realize that although I loved helping others, I did not need the harassment from someone with a very exaggerated self worth.
At the end of yesterday I had come up with a list of guidelines for the rest of my life:
- Take care of myself daily with proper nutrition, rest, and exercise;
- Help others to the extent I can and remain anonymous to those I help;
- Ask for help, when it is needed, but it must be needed and not just wanted;
- Greet others, including strangers with a smile, no matter how I feel; and
- Most importantly, take time each day to thank God for giving me another day to grow spiritually, mentally, and physically.
That my friends are my guidelines for my remaining time on earth. I hope you all have a blessed day!