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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.

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?

Please feel free to share with your friends and by all means, leave your thoughts below.

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.

When forging character gratitude is important Qutoe by Cicero

Gratitude, The Parent of Character

Gratitude

GratitudeGratitude. My grandfather was a coal miner. My grandmother took care of the home, the garden, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning and the kids. They did not have much in the way that our materialistic society today measures things, but what they did have, they were grateful for it. They had a small garden, a few cows, pigs and chickens. This provided their food. They had great neighbors, friends and family. They had a clear, cold spring for fresh water.

Grandaddy had worked in the coal mines and as a result had black lung disease from breathing all the coal dust. He trouble doing anything without getting out of breath.  Grandma had severe osteoarthritis and had a hard time getting around or using her hands.

Even with all these challenges, they were grateful what they had, plenty of food, water and good family and friends. Simple, but important things. Friends dropping in for a quilting bee. Hanging out at the service station playing checkers. A roof over their heads. Watching the ducks down by the creek. All these simple things were appreciated. For my grandparents, gratitude is the parent of character.

Above all they had gratitude.

Gratitude is the parent of character

What does gratitude have to do with character? When one thinks of character, things like trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness and compassion come to mind. Without a spirit of graciousness, the other traits are greatly diminished.

According to Cicero, gratitude is the parent of all character virtues.

Gratitude is the parent of all character virtues

What are you grateful for?

Being able to appreciate what you have is one the greatest gifts which you can give yourself. I do not mean that you must be satisfied with your current situation. But you must appreciate it and accept it. Do not settle for where you are.

What I am saying is that if you cannot learn happiness  where you are and with you have, you will never be happy.

  • Employment (self or otherwise) which allows us to support our bad habits like eating and sleeping under a roof
  • Customers and clients that make it possible to get paid
  • People that provide our food and water
  • A roof to sleep under

Learning to be grateful is the first step toward improving your life. Are you ready to start? What are you grateful for? We would love to hear your thoughts below.