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Thank A Veteran

by Richard

Today, in America, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. This is the day we set aside to honor those of our fellow countrymen and women who have served time as part of our armed forces.

What with the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as well as in various hotspots around the globe, we’ve owe more than ever to those past and present members of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard.

While we’re celebrating all of those who served today, I’d like to set aside a couple of minutes to talk about those who gave even more. Thanks to advances in battlefield medical technology, we’re seeing more soldiers returning alive but seriously wounded from service abroad.

Which gives us the opportunity to help them. Just quickly google assistance and veteran and you’ll find plenty of organizations dedicated to helping our troops. I’d like to highlight a couple here to which you might want to donate.

Fisher House is an organization dedicated to providing “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

The Wounded Warrior Project provides a number of services to the returning wounded and their families, including benefits counseling, caregiver retreats, family support and peer mentoring.

The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered private organization that provides innumerable services to our troops, either on active duty or on leave. In addition to the well-known entertainments the organization puts on overseas, the USO does things as simple and powerful as welcoming home troops who arrive in airports all over the country, something my father-in-law (himself a veteran of the Marines) does almost every week.

Take some time and provide some support, dudes. If you can’t get out and do the work yourself, you can easily donate some money to help out these and other worthy organizations.

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Stress? What Stress?

by Richard

The most wonderful time of the year? Schyeah, right. I call it the most stressful time of the year and I’m guessing that a lot of you do as well. Unless you’re the type to foist all this stuff onto your significant other, sit back and smile until you get caught. For those of us who have to actually do stuff during Christmas season, the stress has been building since before Thanksgiving and hasn’t stopped going up since. The stress is cranking down like a 240-pound wrestler grabbing the ankle of a smaller wrestler in practice. That is, a lot. Of stress. Yeah.

However. And, really, aren’t you glad I added that however? I mean, I starting to get pretty depressing. Not depressed myself, you understand, but I thought I was being depressing. For you. Know what? Move on. I’m going to just move on.

Anyway. What I was trying to say was that there is an easier way to do this. If you can get one of your ankles one the floor. Just one of them. (Sorry. That joke was for me and the other three Dr. Hook fans out there.) The path to Christmas can be much less bumpy and it won’t be because someone came along with a road grader and flattened out the bumps in the road ahead. Nope.

The changes start with you. Yes you. And you over there. And, that dude behind you. Yeah, all of them.

Here’s the deal. Slow down. Seriously, under it all, that’s basically what you need to do. If you’ve got cleaning to do before you can put the lights and ornaments up on the tree with your little dudes and you choose cleaning first, well you’re missing out on the point of the season. Do you think the little dudes, in 20 or 30 years, will remember if the house was clean, or the clothes washed on time, or the dishes done? Or will they remember smiling and laughing while you lift one up by the waist and hold her there to put on her favorite-ist ornament? Yeah, I think we know the answer to those.

Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect, even if you’ve got the in-laws coming over for an inspection a visit. If they expect perfection, just smile and tell them you hope they have a perfectly good time and enjoy themselves.

So, trick number one: slow down. Tomorrow we’ll talk about trick number two.

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