Monday, August 22, 2016

Even One Life is Too Many

This month has been filled with highs and lows. Work has created a lot of stress and frustration but it has also created a very big highlight in my career.
I had the privilege of being promoted to Major by two fantastic teammates that I highly respect.
Throughout my frustrations, I have been reminded of how blessed I am to be surrounded by friends that can read between the lines of letters and emails, friends who are willing to put their lives on hold to help me, and to celebrate even when life hurts.

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
 
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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Monday, August 01, 2016

Kindness is not Complicated

Today was a "slap in the face" kind of day. It would be so easy to fight back and ruin the reputation of others. However, I am taking the opportunity to choose to be a decent human being. While I will fight and defend, I will not participate in defamation of character or slander.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Even One Life Is Too Many



Family matters. Blood or not, family matters. Suicide is not the only thing that takes away our loved ones.
 
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

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Even One Life is Too Many


So many metaphors can be written about the adventures and journeys of an old pair of shoes. Others about their comfort and reliability. I could talk about replacing those warn-out shoes with new ones like a new chapter in life, but even I am not that cheesy.
What I will say is that I know that my life these past five years has had some serious ups and downs. There have been times in which I felt completely alone and other times when I wanted to be alone. But I never truly was ever alone. Friends and family have always been just phone call, text, or email away.
Someday I will be thankful for this time of my life.
One lesson I have learned the hard way is to reach out to check in with friends and family. Am I good at this? Nope. Am I trying? Yup.
This month has seen the largest mass shooting of my generation on US soil. People who were celebrating life with friends in what was supposed to be a safe place will never get the chance to share their tomorrow with the world. I do not ask you to call senators or your representative, I leave that to others to politicize this tragedy. I do ask that you check in on those you care about. A simple smile, a quick hello can mean the world to someone who is struggling.
It takes just a moment.

 

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. 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, June 08, 2016

Celebrating 35 Years

A walk up to the Makapu'u lighthouse with my guy.
My favorite food truck for lunch.
 Flowers from my parents (a great tradition!)
 My speedometer matching the special day!
The day ended with dinner with friends at a local restaurant. A great way to end the day.

Monday, May 30, 2016

To Remember

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Did today mark the start to summer? Did you sit with friends and family and enjoy a barbequed meal?
I hope so. I today was a day spent with those you love and cherish. I hope this for you because for so many, spending time around a barbeque is no longer an option.
Today is a day to remember. To remember those whom we have lost fighting for peace and safety. I was raised to know the meaning and history of Memorial Day but did not truly understand the pain of the day until 2009 and was again reminded in 2012.
I am humbled by the memory of the two soldiers whose sacrifice has forever scarred my soul and shaped who I am today. My decisions are different today because of the selfless example of these two soldiers. I am forever challenged to “do good things”.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Even One Life is Too Many


My professional life is spent helping people get back to their best or to pass with respect. It is a strange world. One that should affect me emotionally. I get to be present when patients are declared cancer free or told that a surgery saved their loved one’s life. I am also present when someone is told they have a limited amount of time left or when someone takes their last breath. There have been times in which I am the only one in the room with the patient as they pass while we hold hands.
Emotions escape me. I do not know if this is a safety mechanism or a part of my depression, but I simply do not feel.
As I read more about depression both from the psychology world and people diagnosed with it, I am baffled by the lack of ability to experience emotion.
Is the lack of emotion part of why people choose to take their life? Are they so numb to everything that that leads to a pain in the soul that can only be understood by those who have been there? Are they so numb that for the brief moment before they kill themselves, they actually feel?
How do we know to check in on our friends, family, or strangers? Do we wait until we see warning signs? Or do we act daily to ensure that we do not lose another person who deserves to have a future?

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. 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, May 10, 2016

Mat Training with rainBeau

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He even has a custom pillow.