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Service with a Smile World War II Style

Service with a Smile throughout life

This Memorial Day finds me a bit more pensive than usual. My dad, a World War II veteran, passed away last month. He rarely talked about his experiences in the war unless he was around his other Navy buddies. Dad always looked forward to what was coming up next. Even during the war, Dad smiled and kept a positive attitude. He gave his service with a smile. Here is a short tribute to an amazing life.

Service with a smile – The Greatest Generation

Dad finally did acquiesce to telling his story. I owe this to my dear friend Jon. He worked with the Library of Congress’s Veterans History project and sparked Dad’s interest in making sure his memories were not forgotten. Dad and a couple of his friends recorded his thoughts. There was about 15 hours of video. I trimmed it down a bit and ended up with an hour and half of Dad’s recollections of World War II.

I know this is due to my grandmother’s influence. She was a strong women. Not in the physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually. Arthritis racked her body from a young age causing her difficulty in many of the tasks others found simple; buttoning a shirt, sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking. Grandma rarely complained. One of her favorite sayings was, “Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can’t. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on.” Grandma always gave the family service with a smile.

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Service with a Smile in spite of the price.

World War II

Growing up, I got a dose of positive attitude and discipline from them both. No matter what happens, whatever life throws at you, try to give your service with a smile. And remember those that gave you the freedoms you enjoy today.

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

If we were having coffee or another beverage of your choice, I would ask, what do you do to keep things simple? What do I mean? How do you keep your life from getting complicated? That’s the subject of this Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition.

Keeping life simple, keeping work simple, keeping relationships simple. Can it be done I ask?

I sure hope so.Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

There are so many things we all have to juggle. Sit down and have another cuppa and tell me how you keep things simple. Me? Well I guess I try to take situations at face value and not read too much into them. I read email once or twice a day and either delete it or file. I only file it if I need to keep it? What about you? Any secrets to managing the deluge of digital detritus that vies for our attention every day? Come on, you can tell me. I really do want to know.

What about the physical papers that come in the mail or at the office? One of mentor’s at Texas Instruments years ago introduced me to his piling system. Not filing, piling. He uses three piles. The closest to the center of his desk is things that just came in. As the week goes on, he works his way through the pile. At the end of the week, anything in that pile moves to the pile at the edge of the desk. If there was anything in the pile at the edge, it moves to the trash. So basically, if he never gets to it in two weeks, it’s gone. His thought is that if it’s important to them, they will get back to you.

These are just a couple of things to help keep it simple. I am serious about wanting to know any tips or tricks you use to keep it simple. Please leave a comment below and of course, share with your friends. And don’t forget to visit our hostess Diana. More thoughts on simplicity are here.

Our Coffee Hostess – Parttime Monster

Make sure to stop by and visit DIana at Parttime Monster and link in your own weekend coffee share. Have a great week ahead, keep drinking coffee and keep it simple.

The simple life

The Simple Life

The simple life, thoughts from Grandma

Ah, the simple life. The words conjure thoughts of a decent and easy life, a life we imagine that our grandparents lived. Simple is not always easy. When you have to plant, tend and harvest your own food, feed and milk the cows, take care of the other livestock, life can get very busy.

The Simple LifeOften we choose to complicate life. As I said before, the simple path is not always the easy one. Simple does not mean old-fashioned or without technology. For me, it’s a mindset.

Take a moment and look at the things you do everyday that maybe doing a different way or not at all might simplify your daily “grind.” What are those things?

Some things money can’t buy

Important things which can affect your character and subsequently society as a whole are not for sale. Watch this video for a few of these. What are some of your favorite things that can not be bought? A couple of mine are love and memories.

How do you get it if you can’t buy it?

You can’t buy the simple life, so then how do you get it? For me, a lot of it is mindset. It’s a choice that I make everyday to be happy with what I have and where I am. That does NOT mean that I settle for what I have and where I am. I am always working hard at improving my finances, my relationships, my skills, etc. But I do choose to be happy with where I am.

Don’t suffer the settle for mentality

If you merely accept where you are and what you are doing, then you have succumbed to the “settle for mentality.” You can be happy and still strive to improve yourself. Learn something new, make a new friend, touch base with an old friend, save some money, make some money, share an idea, etc.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on living a simple life and what that means to you. Share with your friends. The more people joining the conversation, the better.

A helping hand for the world



Being helpful is, in general, a good thing. We are taught from a young age to help each other. Most religions teach people to help one another. The first step, I believe, is that you are willing to help. Be watchful or observant. Stay on the lookout for areas where you can give assistance. If you are mechanically challenged like me, perhaps offering help someone change a tire in the rain is not such a good idea. I would offer to hold the umbrella.

How can you be helpful?

How to be more helpful

A little nudge

The Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But don’t forget to ask before you help. Helping is only appreciated if needed AND desired. Not everyone wants your help. So take a second and ask before you just join the fray. Another good question to ask after determining help is needed and desired is “Do I have what is necessary?” This could be skills, food, money, etc. If someone needs food and you have extra, great! Share it. But if you are struggling to feed your own family, then perhaps you should find another way to help. Sometimes all we need is a little nudge.  Here are some ideas from LifeHack.

It all starts with listening to the person that needs or appears to need your help. Listen and observe. Try some realistic suggestions. Focus on some positive aspect of the situation. Above all, be sincere and don’t expect anything in return.

What happens if we are more helpful?

Maybe, the world becomes a bit better. Imagine that if everyone was just a little nicer, a little more helpful, what would be the impact on our world. People do not think they have the power to change the world, and they are right. They do have the power to change themselves and in doing so, change a small part of the world. If we all do just a little every day, the effect can be enormous. How will you be more helpful today?