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Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice

Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice

Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice

Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice are just the beginnings of the character traits making up a person willing to serve his or her country. In the United States, Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to honor those who paid with their lives to preserve the freedom that we enjoy everyday. We also recognize those whose sacrifice is not as great, but is just as important. Service people who serve today stand as a deterrent against those who take away our freedoms.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for, protected. Ronald Reagan… Click To Tweet

Whether they be friends and family or complete strangers, take a minute of your freedom and simply say, “Thanks.”

Claude Griffith US Navy WW II

Cosmo 1942

Cosmo 1942

Dad, also known as Claude “Cosmo” Griffith served his country in the US Navy. While serving aboard the USS Pennsylvania BB-38, he earned the Navy Unit Commendation, The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 7 stars. Dad never talked much about the war or his service. We just knew that he had served in the Navy. It wasn’t until much later that he started recording some of his thoughts on the war. If you have an interest, you  can learn more about the Pennsy’s history here.

Dad saw and was in the thick of every major battle in the Pacific war except Pearl Harbor. If you are not a fan of history, find the Clif Notes version and read it. If we do not learn from our past, then we are doomed to repeat it.

Post War

After the war, Dad traveled to Germany to be part of the prize crew that brought the German cruiser the Prinz Eugen from Germany to Philadelphia then through the Panama Canal out to the Bikini Atoll. This is where some of the A-Bomb tests were conducted. Dad was aboard the USS Fall River when this photo was taken:

Bikini A-Bomb

Remember

Don’t forget to the thank those serving for their loyalty, courage, sacrifice and time given to preserve your freedom. If you don’t live in the US, I would love to hear about how you honor those that sacrifice for your country and the freedoms you enjoy.

Please share with your social media friends and as always, leave a thought or two below.

Weekend Coffee Share Birthday Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Birthday Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Birthday Edition

Familiar Newness Weekend coffee shareIf we were having coffee I would tell you that it’s been a great week. What is going on your world? My new job is awesome. My lovely wife and I have done a couple of fun road trips around Texas and tomorrow is my birthday. My birthday is the original Memorial Day, which I now refer to as bureaucratic Memorial Day. Damn Gubmint has to fool around all kinds of things they ort to leave alone. Anyway, this Weekend Coffee Share Birthday Edition chats about a few of those things. I hope things are going well for you and yours. Remember, life is what you make of it. Since my wife and I love to travel, we hit the road as often as possible to see what we can see.

Road Trips

This weekend we have been to Wichita Falls and Paris. Both in Texas. We had a great time traveling back and forth across north Texas and Oklahoma. Here are a few shots from the trip.

Our Host Parttime Monster

If you enjoy the coffee share, drop by Diana’s at Parttime Monster to check out the linky. Better yet, write your own weekend coffee share and add it to the list. Don’t forget to say hi to Diana.

Journey continues on the Whole30 diet

Self Improvement

Self Improvement

Why do we care about improving ourselves? Does self improvement matter? I think the answer to both questions are found in the following quote:

Men of character are the conscience of the society in which they live-Ralph Waldo Emerson… Click To Tweet

Self ImprovementEmerson implies that for society, the group containing all of us, to have a conscience, there exist people of character. By character, we assume he means good character. This begs the question, what is good character? I think we all understand at some level what most people consider good character. How do we go about developing or improving character? How do we help each other?

Helping Improve Character

There are many ways to approach self improvement. Learn a new skill or language. Read a book. Improve your vocabulary. Work on building trust. It really depends on why you are trying to improve.

If you want to improve your life and those around you, work on improving your character. You may have great character, but we can all improve. We all have areas that could use some polish.

How do you improve?

Start by taking an honest look at your life. Get feedback from a trusted friend or mentor. Pick one thing, trait or area to focus on for your self improvement effort. Then the hardest part is to take action and keep repeating until the desired improvement is complete.

Encourage others to join you in your journey. They do not have to pick the same area you chose. People need a nudge or sometimes a shove to get started on journey that is difficult. And let me tell you, that the journey to improve is not only endless, it contains pot-holes, trip-wires, land mines and many other things that will derail you.

When that happens, you and your mentor go back to your plan and adjust as needed.

What are your challenges?

What is character?Do you have an area or trait that you want to improve, but don’t where to start? Leave a comment or send me an email. I want to help. I need your help to spread the word of encouragement to others.

With your help, we can improve the world one person at a time.

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Developing character

Developing Character

Developing Character

Developing character is hard work. What are some things we should all consider when developing character? The first, in my opinion is figure out one thing to focus on improving. Do

Developing Character

A little nudge

not try to tackle everything. Be specific. Figure out where to start. Everyone needs a little help now and then. Find a friend or mentor that you trust. Someone from whom you expect honest feedback and more importantly, someone to whom you will listen. You must accept open criticism and suggestions from them. In return, they will help you improve and help you stay on track. in your journey to grow.

Start Here

Figure out one thing that you really want to improve. Maybe it’s your honesty, being more trustworthy or perhaps more helpful. Here is a list of traits to help you think about areas to build. Lifehack also has some ways to grow. A more academic approach is to study a 36 week course. That is a little too intense for most of us. Perhaps just sticking with one thing at a time is best.

Take Action

Developing CharacterMaking a decision is a beginning. Without action, however, you will not succeed. Action which will need to be repeated over and over until it becomes habit.

Thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become character. Click To Tweet

Daily Plan

Set your daily plan for developing character. Keep it small and manageable. Focus on one piece of one area. For example, you want to improve your driving courtesy. One aspect of this is to slow down. Maybe you need to leave for all of your appoints 15 minutes earlier than usual. Do that everyday for a week and see how it goes.

Weekly Review

Improving YourselfThe weekly review requires honesty from both you and your mentor. You must be willing to truthfully report your successes and failures. Discuss options to improve or prevent future negative outcomes. As with the above example leaving 15 minutes earlier for appointments, you only yelled at other drivers half as much as before. That is a great improvement and should be celebrated. Now focus on ideas to get the number of drivers you yell at down to zero.

Repeat Until Done

Repeat until done. The real kicker here is that you are never done.

Summary

your-actions-speak-so-loud-that-i-cant-hear-what-youre-saying1Remember that forging character, improving yourself, self-development, whatever you want to call it is hard work. Much like carving a marble statue, it takes time, dedication and effort. This journey is not for the faint of heart. You’ve read this far, now take some action.

  1. Make a decision and pick an area to grow
  2. Take action – find an accountability partner
  3. Set up a daily plan for small improvements
  4. Review weekly with your mentor
  5. Repeat until you have a new habit

Thoughts

I would love to hear your challenges or areas that need help. Mine is courtesy. I need to improve my attitude towards those with which I share the road. I need to slow down and not try to push those ahead of me driving much to slowly.

Please leave your thoughts below and if you are so inclined use the social medias buttons to share with your friends. The more people we have discussing the subject of better character, the better our world will be.