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Dec. 21, 2017

More than I asked for

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way. However, I was not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster I had strapped myself into. After two flights and a bus ride, I finally arrived at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. As soon as the bus stopped, the doors swung open and a military training instructor ran us off. We made our way into a small room filled with crates overflowing with backpacks, shower shoes, reflective belts and other essential supplies for trainees. Once we were rushed through and loaded up, we were corralled into a giant auditorium filled with what felt like over 1,000 people. The silence in that room was chilling.

Dec. 20, 2017

It’s not what’s under the tree that matters, it’s who’s gathered around it

Christmas means lots of different things to different people. To some it’s a day or time of year to reconnect with family and friends. To some it is a time for festivities, food, fun, music and feeling good.

Dec. 13, 2017

Time is not measured by clocks but by moments

We do not have enough time. There is simply not enough time in the day.

Dec. 6, 2017

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it

If you are reading this, you are in the military, have been in the military, or are affiliated with someone in the military. If you fall into any of those categories, you know something about fear.

Nov. 29, 2017

National Native American Heritage Month

I want to take time in the last post of the month (or the first of the new month by the time this comes out) to recognize and celebrate our Indigenous brothers and sisters. A few may be aware that November is National Native American Heritage Month.

Nov. 27, 2017

Art is a way to express yourself and through that you can escape a bad situation

I was having a conversation the other day about the lack of available spaces to escape these days. It seems like everything is so serious and divisive.

Nov. 15, 2017

In the West there is loneliness, which I call the ‘leprosy of the West’. In many ways it is worse than our poor in Calcutta

One of the greatest diseases that hundreds of thousands of people are suffering is the disease of loneliness. Loneliness and isolation are the gateways to many of the issues and ills we encounter every day in our workspaces.

Nov. 8, 2017

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being

Your body was designed to move. There are more than 200 bones, 600 muscles, tons of joints, ligaments and tendons all lubricated with fluid designed to help you move.

Nov. 1, 2017

How glorious a greeting the sun gives to the mountains

One often overlooked element of health is environment. How can we surround ourselves with the right people, places, and things, to help ourselves maintain a stress-free environment? One way is to spend more time in nature. Most of us have indoor jobs, many without windows. We don’t spend half the amount of time outside as our forefathers did. As a result we have become disconnected from the power that nature can have over our minds and in our bodies. Studies have been done that show that just spending time out in nature has a similar effect on the brain as meditation. Our bodies need fresh air and our minds need refreshing. Spend some time out in nature.

Oct. 26, 2017

He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities

One of the biggest factors in health that goes overlooked is rest. We live in a 24/7 society. The wheels are constantly turning and the disease of busyness has infected millions of people. It is estimated that over 100 million Americans suffer from a lack of sufficient sleep. We all know the prescribed formula; we need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. But while sleep is important, that isn’t really the focus of what we will talk about today. What I really want to address goes beyond physical sleep. That is rest.