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Happiness is liking what you have. 

I truly enjoy the average. I can find humor in almost anything. Looking for reasons to enjoy the things around me keep me going. Simple things allow me to enjoy life.

    I recently took a picture of a rainbow over our small town. The picture was perfect. The rainbow ended in the middle of town. The rainbow made me stop, get out my camera phone and capture the moment. To those that see the picture I’m sure it’s just a rainbow. The moment for me was more than that. I happened to be on top of a fire truck putting hose away. I was surrounded by the best men. Guys that will fight for me in a moment of terror. Guys that will help my family should my fate catch me early. Men that risk their lives for no pay and the rare thank you. The picture was of a rainbow. The moment was captured because of the rainbow. Whats memorable is realizing the company I’m keeping represents this towns finest men. The rainbow is nice but the comradery  of honorable men doing what’s best for their community was the moment. 

    My family creates moments like above for me all the time. From arguing over who is volunteering to do dishes or carry trays at community events. My kids have been asking if they can donate some of their toys. Simple things like my 6year old saying it’s time for me to teach her to ride the quad. Simple things like the 9 year old asking me to take her shooting. Simple things like my wife driving the quad down the road pulling a trailer full of wood. Simple things make me happy. Nothing is more important than family. 

  Happiness isn’t getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you have. 

Do you like what you have? What are you willing to do to make it better?

  
    

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Hug your loved ones. Help those in need. 

It’s been a tough night. I’m full of emotion and I’m tempted to wake my kids up to hug them. When the rescue turns into a recovery it does effect the toughest of men. This blog is one of my outlets. 

     I interviewed a young hopeful man today. He is seeking a management position. He had some very well rehearsed dialog during my interview. I asked him many standard boring questions and he gave the correct answers standardized by Google. I asked about his hobbies. He said he loved sports. Not what sport for any particular reason but sports. Maybe he doesn’t know field hockey and curling are sports. Most folks I know have one or two sports they follow but this guy loves them all! 

     He mentioned he loves helping people. That was where I could find common ground. I too love helping people. I asked him how he helps people. He said he helps veterans. That’s a worthy cause. I asked him to define how he helps them. He said he donates money. 30 years old, father of two and unemployed. I wonder if he claims his donations at tax time?  He’s still looking for work by the way.

    My buddies just donated from midnight till 03:00 helping do a job nobody should ever have to do. We did it for free. What has more value? This young mans cash or the backs of my brotherhood from doing the heavy lifting. Don’t tell me you help in your community unless there’s evidence of work on your hands. Don tell me you like helping people until you’ve put someone else first. Until you’ve held a stranger in so much pain you don’t have the words. When your the one looking a family in the eye as they ….. Struggle. When have you last bought groceries for another’s family in their time of need? What have you really done to make people happy?

I’m going to Bragg but only to make a point. I had 5 used bicycles. I was planning to take the to the curb for the trash man. I instead offered them to a friend that has 4 kids. He stored the bikes for two months and gave them to his kids as Christmas gifts. I still get a, “Thank You” from time to time. If you look past yourself you just might be able to help people with out much expense or effort. Are you looking around? 

    Hug your kids. Tell your wife how much you love her. Be a good neighbor. Get some dirt on your hands making some one else’s day brighter. Don’t tell anyone you help or donate unless you actually do it. Let your kids see you help others. It’s better for your kids to see your actions than hear your good intentions.  

   

 

Thanks for reading, if you made it this far. I needed to decompress and these rants help. Friends are hard to come by at 3am. I could certainly use more friends.

Thank you

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