Whenever it gets kind of quiet around my blog it’s normally due to my job. March has been a living hell for me at work, but after finding time to watch a little CNN this morning, I realize this month is probably very stressful for a lot of active military service members, for the world has up and gone mad. After 22 years in the service, I still love serving my country, but ready to do something else with my life and take care of my precious daughter full-time, who still reminds me on a regular basis, that I promised her to never go back on deployment on the big Navy ship .
On TV civilians normally only sees the military hero coming back home and watches the emotional reunion, which is always so sweet to witness. What they don’t show is the ugly side of the daily sacrifices that the member and their families have to deal with, that comes with many mix emotions and at times can reap havoc on the family life. The stress level can be so hard to deal with, and even though I don’t like to admit it, because of the constant stress, my body, mind, and soul reminds me everyday that its time to go and retire my combat boots forever.
While out on deployment when things got really bad for one of my Sailors, and I needed to cheer them up, I would always have them play a game I called Name & Claim 10. This game that I made up years ago is so simple and silly and so not original, but works like a charm. I would have them think and say out loud 10 things that they are so grateful for in their lives. By the time they would get to number 6 or 7 you would start seeing a glimmer of a smile or laughter because it forced them to stop focusing on all the negative and remember the positive, which most times reminded them of reasons why they made the sacrifice of wearing the military uniform everyday. So since these last two weeks has been a military hell for me, I think its time for me to play the Name & Claim 10 Game. Below are the 10 things that I’m grateful for at the moment?
1. My daughter Faith.
2. My job.
3. My fur baby…Max.
4. Having good health. Not me in the picture, but I wish I can go wherever she’s at right now!
5. My crazy Jamaican family and the culture that comes with it.
6. Having the courage to start a blog and pursue my dream as a writer.
7. The opportunity to retire at a young age and start a new life to do what I love with residual income (retirement pay). Thats me all the way to the right…cheese!
8. Having the opportunity to have traveled the world…for free! Not on this bus but while sailing on Naval ships.
9. Having the ability to find peace in my heart when everything around me is in complete chaos with my faith in God.
10. What I’m mostly grateful for right now is….Completing 3 deployments in the war zone and still mentally and physically healthy.
Wow…I do feel better. Thank you so much for listening.
What are you grateful for?
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