I’m writing this for you on this day because I: care about you; want to give back, want to help the world become a better place; want to create more warm fuzzies in our hearts; want to create more positive energy. I served in the military a long time ago for a little over four years, mostly in Germany as a single veteran. It’s usually always in retrospect that we see things differently and wish we could do some things over in the past, just hit that “erase and rerecord” button and things would be all better… but try as we might, that’s kind of hard to do. What we do have control over is our here and now. We can decide today, right now that we can choose to be kinder to ourselves and acknowledge all of the little accomplishments we do every single day of our lives. If you are interested in reading further, you have authorization.
We might be kinder to ourselves by going out for a two to four mile walk or take a few minutes to really watch and observe the miracle of a bird in flight or even make a special little place in our homes where we can put our treasured items and words of inspiration, incense, or fresh flowers. Colorful fake flowers are okay; you won’t need to worry about watering them.
What are those little accomplishments that may go unnoticed each day? Consider that you woke up this morning and got out of bed. Maybe you made someone smile who needed a smile. Perhaps you helped a fellow driver out on the road or cooked a meal for the family. These are important things in my opinion.
Every one of you is a special and unique gift to the universe with talents and skills that are different for everyone at varying levels but when corralled together complement each other promoting harmony and strength. Imagine the product Bondo from 3M, the two part putty filler used to repair things.
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Diana Penman is an Army Veteran who served in Germany and Fort Bragg in the early nineties. She is also a writer currently enrolled in a Masters program at CIIS, the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Upon completion of her MFA Degree in Writing and Consciousness, she will have finished her manuscript that explores some of the different layers of identity that people might experience before, during and after military service. Her expected graduation is December 2018. Some things that are important to Diana are initiative, education, empathy, animal and human rights, plant and raw food diets, fitness and art.