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ALWAYS BE THANKFUL

There are many things that people take for granted.  I am thankful for everything that has been a part of my life from the things that I have accumulated to the friends and family that I have been blessed with,  because in an instant it could all be gone.

About 20 years ago I lost all my physical belongings from my childhood and early adulthood due to a flood that destroyed everything I had stored in a garage.  To me, this was devastating as I had several really good memories from all the things that I had accumulated over the years leading up to that event.  The things that were all lost had always reminded me of good and bad times from earlier days and in my mind will never be replaced.

Even though all these physical items were gone and can never be replaced, I am thankful that there was nothing other than these items with no loss of life or limb from a loved one.  Every single day there are things that happen in this world that we will never fully comprehend, understand, or even have the ability to do something about.  The only thing you can do is plan for the worse case scenario by being prepared for anything that may come your way.

I often do what is called role-playing with scenarios.  It’s almost like doomsday prepping in the sense that I consider many things that could happen or play out with a particular scenario/situation and backwards plan all the things necessary to alleviate as much possibility for loss, damage, and so forth.  By being prepared you can minimize the effects of anything that possibly could happen.  But, in the meantime you can and should be thankful for what you do have and that nothing has happened, yet.

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ImageWhen it comes to patriotism, it doesn’t get any better than John Cena of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).  John Cena is about as All-American as hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot apple pie.  He proves this day in and day out, but the most important way he shows this is through his undying support for the United States Armed Forces.  John Cena supports the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in a big way and has done so on many occasions through trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the annual event WWE Support the Troops. 

This hits home for me because my name is Terry Thompson, and I am a Soldier serving in the United States Army with two deployments to Iraq, and one to Afghanistan.  I am thankful and truly appreciate it when people like John Cena take time out of their life to show support for service members stateside and abroad.  During my three deployments, I can’t tell you that everything was perfect, but it wasn’t extremely bad.  We didn’t always get John Cena, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot apple pie but we have had our fair share of really good food and some equally patriotic supporters.

For me, it didn’t take much to make me happy during a deployment.  Just a few simple pleasures from home in the form of care packages from friends and family always kept a smile on mine and everyone’s faces.  If you have ever sent someone a care package, whether it was something simple as cookies, candy, shaving cream, razors, extra clothes, a stuffed animal, or a box of books/DVD’s, I can assure you that the receiving service member was smiling from ear to ear and didn’t hesitate to share a little of home with his/her “battle buddies”.

Even though John Cena is only one of the many “stars” that have made the personal/professional sacrifice to show support for service members, I for one am truly thankful that we have people in this world that hasn’t forgotten “freedom, isn’t free”.  It doesn’t take much, but things like John Cena, care packages, good food, and just some simple pleasures from home are all great ways to get and keep a service member motivated to keep doing what we do every day when we are not at home.

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“CREATE EVERLASTING MEMORIES”

Don’t get so caught up in the memory of how things used to be in the past that you can’t create new memories to enjoy in the future.  There are people that walk around moaning and groaning about how things used to be all the time.  They reminisce constantly about “the good life” they used to have and that “today’s life” is so miserable.

The thing you have to understand is that all those memories in the past that we cherish so much were created, and created by you.  So, my challenge to you is create new memories today that you will cherish tomorrow because if you don’t get out there and make it happen, you will not have those memories to enjoy.

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Sincerely,
Terry W. Thompson

You have to learn to pick and choose your battles. But what if everything is a battle?  I can assure you that everything is not a battle.  Not everything is worth arguing over.  Not everything is worth your time and more importantly your energy and health.  If we let every little thing get to us and we feel we need to defend our ground, our lives would be miserable all the time and there would never be any rest for the weary.  Below are some things you should consider when picking your battle.

  1. Is the battle worth your time, effort, and energy?
  2. Can you win the battle or is it a never ending escapade?
  3. Do you have a solution to make things better, or are you just arguing for argument sake?
  4. Is there a common ground that everyone can agree upon?
  5. Does the battle even matter to the “big picture” of things?
  6. Will this battle cause resentment and undue hardship later affecting a professional or personal relationship?
  7. Will this battle have a profound impact on the lives of others?

These are just a few.  Join the conversation and let me know of any other considerations you can think of that might help you pick your next battle or just forget about it.

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