Wear your attitude on your sleeve

So is it bad if I am already finding it a little difficult to have blog-appropriate things to write about? It has been an extremely busy time here over the last couple of weeks. Some big challenges and some big rewards alike have presented themselves. Since the sun is so incredibly hot here, and my nose shouldn’t stand too many more sunburns, I was searching online for a good hat. Copying a fellow respected soldier in the camp, I looked into the ‘Pipe Hitter’s Union’ website. The quote on the opening page says this: “Good people sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Their creed?

1. Wear your attitude on your sleeve.

2. Give One Hundred Ten Percent in Everything you do.

3. Watch out for your brothers.

Sometimes soldiers struggle to see the point in what we do. The reward for doing what we do here seems slightly superficial, except when I think of my family and friends sleeping peacefully in their beds. Although I am one small person, a wise woman once told me that it takes one plus one plus one person to make up a strong fighting force that makes a difference in the world that we live in. And it’s all worth it.


  1. Ash that was beautiful, u are so true in your words, by the way what type of cap are u looking for. Just remember hon things happen for a reason over here, when u get time to seat down and think about everything that is going on u will understand loves ya and take care


  2. Sheila says:

    Has anyone told you lately how awesome you are? Well….YOU ARE!! We talk about you so often amd to so many.
    Humid here today but not like you are having there, I’m sure!! Should have taken some pictures this weekend at Seafest with the clowns and “Red Hatters” to send you (but didn’t have the camera). We’re going camping tomorrow for a few days.
    Reminder to you and your “guys” – thank you so much for what you are doing and who you are – we appreciate you all so much.
    Lots of love – Sheila


  3. Mum says:

    |All is well here. |Thanks for posting your thoughts. It is ok to struggle with the tude from time to time. Pick your battles.. :o) Keep the main thing the main thing. As Bim said in his comment, “don’t fight with pigs.” I like that.
    Thanks for all you do. Praying for you and all the troops. Keep safe. HLTA will be here before you know it. Love you and look for boxes. :o)


  4. Lynda says:

    Hey sweetie, i thought you might enjoy this:
    The Breath of God Inspiration Method

    Breathe inspiration into your life (courtesy of SashaW.
    “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” -Vincent van Gogh

    Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.
    The word “inspiration” to some literally means “the breath of God”.

    Whether you’re religious or not, the idea of God or a god or a muse breathing inspiration into the depth of our beings is a beautiful one. Even if the world is naught but a natural miracle, this idea can lift you up, and give you the spark of life to *do* something great.

    That’s inspiration at its absolute best: not just when it lifts us up, makes us feel good or enthusiastic or excited, but when it *moves* us, when we become so moved that we create something of truth or beauty.

    It’s an elusive thing, this pure inspiration, something people of all types of creativity seek on a daily basis. Here’s one method — a simple method I hope will help you in that everyday search.

    It’s three simple steps:

    Find something divinely touched.
    Breathe in that divine inspiration.
    Do. Create. Inspire.
    Let’s look at each step in turn.

    Step 1. Find something divinely touched.
    For this step, I use a loose definition of “divine” … you don’t have to be religious to find divinity in something. When Mozart wrote a symphony, or Jobs created the Macbook Air, or a stranger smiles at you, there is divinity in that. There’s divinity in a sunset, in every living thing (why I’m a vegan), in a cool breeze on a humid day.

    You just need to recognize the inspiration, in whatever form it comes.

    Here are my greatest sources of inspiration:

    People doing great things.
    Things of great beauty.
    The written word: books, magazines, blogs.
    People in your life.
    Love, in any form.
    Yourself, doing anything good, no matter how tiny.
    Step 2. Breathe in that divine inspiration.
    Take a slow, deep breath. As the air comes into your mouth or nostrils, through your throat, and fills your lungs, it is bringing divine inspiration into your body.

    Repeat. Each inhalation brings with it more inspiration, and each exhalation releases tension.

    Step 3. Do. Create. Inspire.
    You are now filled with the Breath of God. Take this inspiration and use it, be moved, and do something. Don’t just sit there feeling good. Channel that inspiration into creating something amazing.

    Put that something out into the world, and in turn, you will inspire others.

    “I am convinced that there are universal currents of Divine Thought vibrating the ether everywhere and that any who can feel these vibrations is inspired.” -Richard Wagner

    Love you lots!
    P.S. Paco is fantastic and having a nice holiday at the Shephard/Somann Dog Spa


    • Lynda,
      I was reading over some of the things that you have shared here with me. Yesterday I was doing some yoga on the roof of our building. I was working on the simple exercise of breathing and felt some of that inspiration that is so difficult to put into words. The weather here is cooling down at night and in the early morning, yet the sun is still very warm. So I was sitting on the roof warmed by the sun and cooled by the air at the same time – like the autumn would feel back home. The feeling made it easy to breathe and the breath made it easy to feel inspired and the inspiration made it easy to continue to go out and do. Love you lots. Thank you for offering your thoughts here. Can’t wait to speak of them together soon.


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