Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Even One Life is Too Many

There is something so wonderful and comforting about good friends. To be honest, I have a lot of acquaintances but very few true friends. Maybe it is the introvert side of me, but it is my reality. I am so thankful for the patience and persistence of my friends. They have gotten me through some really rough times of my life. The words "thank you" will never be enough.
 


Even one life is too many to lose. 
While we should do this daily, I encourage you on the 22nd of every month to call and check your battle buddy. It takes just a moment. Military or not, we deserve to see each other tomorrow.



 #twloha

 Crisis Text Line 741-741

- a safe place to talk via text with a counselor when you can't or are afraid to use your voice

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Even One Life is Too Many

We all deserve to see each other tomorrow.
 
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Even one life is too many to lose. 
While we should do this daily, I encourage you on the 22nd of every month to call and check your battle buddy. It takes just a moment. Military or not, we deserve to see each other tomorrow.



 #twloha

 Crisis Text Line 741-741

- a safe place to talk via text with a counselor when you can't or are afraid to use your voice

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays

I hope you are having a wonderful time with family and friends!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Even One Life is Too Many

So much has happened this year.

But there is only thing we cannot live without. Life. We need life.

There are wonderful things happening in the world for some people. And there are horrendous things happening in the world for other people. We need to care. We need to put people first. Age, race, gender, ethnicity, country of origin, religion…it does not matter. People are people. We need to take care of people.

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. You know that one co-worker who recently moved to town for the job. What are they doing this holiday weekend? I challenge you to invite them to dinner, or even just coffee. Their life matters.



Even one life is too many to lose.
 

While we should do this daily, I encourage you on the 22nd of every month to call and check your battle buddy. It takes just a moment. Military or not, we deserve to see each other tomorrow.


 #twloha

 Crisis Text Line 741-741

 - a safe place to talk via text with a counselor when you can't or are afraid to use your voice

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Amy Was In Town


Amy was in town for the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The annual festivities were much grander this year to include a "community" band composed of kids throughout the US. She is a band director and brought a handful of her students to participate. 
The powerful sound that the group had was amazing. There were speakers, dancers, and singers as well. But the 1,200+ group of kids was incredible. What a sound!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Opt Outside

We opted to be outside today. On one of the busiest retail days of the year, rainBeau and I decided that we did not want to be a part of that. We wanted to be away from all the noise and hustle that is associated with Black Friday. We chose to enjoy the partly cloudy skies and amazing views of where my job has taken me.
 
We opted outside.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Even One Life is Too Many

Did you know that depression is more common than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined, and nearly 400,000 people attempt suicide in the U.S. every year? That is approximately 50,000 more than entire resident population of Honolulu, Hawaii (tourists don’t count in this one). Take a moment and think about that number, four hundred thousand.
-          History has shown that suicide attempts do not peak during the holiday season but do increase in the Spring.
-          Suicide rates are approximately 70% higher in areas greater than 6,000 feet in elevation.
-          American Indians and Native Alaskans have the highest risk of suicide at a rate of 14.3 people per every 100,000 people. Compare that to 13.5 per 100,000 for Caucasians and 5-6 per 100,000 for other races.
-          A family history of depression increases the changes a child will suffer the same by a factor of 11.
-          Only one in every 10-15 suicide attempts results in death.
Lessons learned have shown us that we need to care. It is no longer an “if” anymore but a “when”. We are a community of people who are real. And real people hurt. Some hurts are temporary while others take too long to heal. We are a community that is facing horrific acts of bullying and violence secondary to race, color, religion, gender, and National origin.
We as human beings need to look at those we care about and check in with them. Not everyone cries out for help. It is up to use to read between the lines of the conversations to find those cries for help. We need to care.
I believe we can do better. I believe we truly care.
I believe I can do better. I believe I truly care.
 

 

Even one life is too many to lose.

While we should do this daily, I encourage you on the 22nd of every month to call and check your battle buddy. It takes just a moment. Military or not, we deserve to see each other tomorrow.

 
#twloha
 Crisis Text Line 741-741
 - a safe place to talk via text with a counselor when you can't or are afraid to use your voice

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Even One Life is Too Many

I got to spend two weeks with my buddy Lucy earlier this month while my boy was away at "camp" (training). It was fun to see how much she has grown and matured since she was a little, tiny puppy a year and a half ago.
 
Currently, I am stuck in the middle of an administrative cyclone. Of course, I cannot really discuss any of the specifics but I can talk about how I have grown through it.
 
Humility is a noun defined by the interwebs as "a modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness". While I have believed that I am one part of a team, this belief has become almost like my own soapbox. When I catch myself or a teammate (but mainly myself) starting to talk about a topic in a less than flattering manner, I audibly insert the word "thumper". In the movie Bambi, Thumper the rabbit shares a lesson learned with Bambi of "if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all". I believe in constructive criticism, negativity solves nothing. Team, humility, and Thumper. My new language, frustrating to be learning, but doing good things for me.



 Even one life is too many to lose.
 
While we should do this daily, I encourage you on the 22nd of every month to call and check your battle buddy. It takes just a moment. Military or not, we deserve to see each other tomorrow.

 
 #twloha

  Crisis Text Line 741-741
 - a safe place to talk via text with a counselor when you can't or are afraid to use your voice

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Paid Training Days

Mandatory recertification does not have to boring. While practicing compressions during BLS, I might have been playing "Another Bites the Dust" by Queen. While teaching some people like to play "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees. Nope, not me. I like to throw in a twist to keep everyone laughing.
 

Her face is priceless!