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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.

Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can't. The… Click To Tweet
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.

Rename Common Sense?

Rename common sense? What do you think?

Rename common sense?

Should we rename common sense? I mean is it really common? For that matter, what is common sense? According to Miriam-Webster common sense is the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions. Of course that leads to the question of what is reasonable and good? Since we are talking about common to everyone, then I suppose that any action reflects thinking and behavior both reasonable and good in the eyes of most people.

 What say you?

Do you think we need to rename common sense? I do and here are some candidate choices:

  • rename common senseUncommon sense
  • Rare responsibility
  • The lost art of humanity
  • Our lost heritage

I just don’t know. It seems like so many people just do not have or least do not exhibit even the most minute shred of common sense. People do not prepare for much of anything. My grandparents had food canned in Mason jars and stored to last several months. They grew most of it themselves.

If our financial system, which runs on old technology, gets seriously hacked and your credit and debit cards no longer work, can you feed yourself and your family?

This is the type of common sense that I am talking about. No, I’m not into “prepping” but I do advocate having some level of plan on how to handle adverse events. Things like a flat tire, your water or electricity go off for some time or perhaps someone steals your identity or hacks your checking account.

Do you feel like you have common sense?

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Important thing regarding life

Important Thing Regarding Life

Important Thing Regarding Life

What do you think is the most important thing regarding life in general? Okay, maybe that question is a bit broad. Let’s narrow the focus to an individual life. I think the traits of persistance and perseverance are key. It’s the old adage of get knocked down 6 times, get up 7.

Don’t beat your head

important thing regarding lifeNot to say keep beating your head against the wall, but to keep trying. If what you’re doing is not working, then try something different. Perhaps a new angle or approach.

Maybe you are not asking the right question to the right people. Try asking different people. Try asking the same people a different question. Be imaginative. If you feel like you have no creativity or imagination, then find a 6-year-old and ask them for ideas. You might be amazed.

You’ve heard it before

Variations on a theme, don’t give up, don’t give in, keep on keepin’ on, etc. Whatever it is that encourages you, you have to find it and embrace it. I can’t do it for you. Neither can anyone else. Yeah baby, it’s all you.

If you are going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill #quote Click To Tweet

Take responsibility

It is your life. The statement is simple and straightforward. It’s yours, take care of it. It’s not my job to take care of you. Maybe a few of my ramblings will help you, and I hope they do, but it’s still your task to care for and grow yourself. Even the slightest improvement if applied daily, will yield amazing results.

Get some help

Self ImprovementWhile your life is your responsibility, you don’t have to go it alone. You can get help and encourage from friends, mentors, books. coaches, bosses and teachers. First you have to be open to the idea and then you have to be willing to accept honest feedback. Accepting a true statement about an area of your life that needs improvement requires that you trust the person giving you the feedback. Once you have listened, you must take action!

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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.

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