Thanksgiving Thoughts

I haven’t had a lot of free time to do much of anything but this afternoon I finally managed to sit down and get some work done.  Look for the next entry as soon as I finish getting my list of honey-dos cleaned up.  I wanted to jot this down more for posterity so I could refer to it later on than share it but I believe it’s good and decent to reflect on what I’m thankful for.  Some of the relevant things I’m thankful for are:

A helluva woman that has stood by me through thick and thin.  Without her I’d be and have  nothing..literally.

I’m thankful to be alive.  Really.  There’s been more than one close call in the past and for some unknown reason it hasn’t been my time yet.  My grandmother used to have a saying: “God takes care of two types of people sonny boy: those that do his work and dumbasses”.  I ain’t a Preacher so I guess I’m in the latter group.

I’m thankful that we still have some precious time left to prepare for what’s coming.  And that we’ve had the foresight to prepare. If you’re reading this blog chances are you one of us. And now is not the time to sit on our laurels.  Back in the day one of my Commanders had a poster in his office that stated : “On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.” Most of us believe time is running out so to be really thankful we can’t waste it.

I’m thankful I haven’t lost my humanity.  Lord knows there were times it grew dark but it’s still intact.  And regardless of how bad things get I refuse to let it die.  I’ll temper it with justice and common sense (don’t get me wrong – I’m capable of some pretty nasty shit if the need arises) but I believe once we lose our humanity there’s really no difference between us and those we so abhor.

I’m thankful for the guys out there that work to make a difference.  Mosby, AMerc, Max V, Sam, and the whole list that is too long to note here.  Whether it’s sharing training, doctrine, or even philosophy those that work to hedge the bet in our favor these folks are a true gift. Confucius said “If you want to make a stand help others make a stand”.  Thanks guys (and gals).

I’m thankful that I have the resources to help others that are busting their asses to survive.  Those folks that live by the TANSTAAFL mentality more than deserve it.  And in true country boy spirit I’ll continue helping until I can’t or they quit.

I’m thankful that there are still young men and women that are willing to go in harm’s way to confront evil.  Some of them are going to eat a Thanksgiving dinner out of cold inserts away from their families just as the generations before them have done.

You may have a list of things you’re thankful for and being thankful in itself is one thing.  To really be thankful we have to make a difference in some way, shape, or form no matter how miniscule in those that need and deserve help.  Sam has an excellent grasp of that with his “III to III” concept.  If you’re in the position to make a difference you don’t owe it to others to do so.  You owe it to yourself.

Myself and the rest of the pack are going light this year.  We’ve got one son in Afghanistan and one in Africa so this is going to be a different type of thanksgiving for me – it seems I was always the one gone over the holidays.  No doubt HH6 is familiar with not having the family near during this time of the year but for me this is going to be a completely different Thanksgiving.  So there’s no cooking for us tomorrow, instead we’re heading up to the VA hospital to spend it with some of my brothers and sisters.


About Treaded

Semi-retired career and contract troop. I own and maintain my own small ranch out here in beautiful rural America.
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6 Responses to Thanksgiving Thoughts

  1. Thank you Brother! (I was a FULL TIME FIELD MISSIONARY, in S. Am., Europe, AND here)! I Taught, trained, and led (from the front), as best as I could…which seemed to work.

    I know the loneliness of “the field”…of losing friends…of “dealing with Sh*t”.

    My heart aches for you Bro., having a child “out there” beyond your keeping…BTDT! And, YES! THANK YOU! for visiting those who’ve have given Soooo much!…and received so little credit for it! BUT!

    Let us NEVER forget that the Good LORD has BLESSED US…and PROVIDED for us, and even taken the time to GUIDE us…protect us, and save us….and soooo…we are here to do the same for others!

    While we realize that the “clock” is running out on us and ours, NONETHELESS, let us stand tall…breath DEEP…and MARCH FORWARD, with our EYES ON THE GOAL, [Phil. 3:13], and our HEARTS COMMITTED to IT, [Rom.12:1 – 2]!

    While we enter this time of GODLESSNESS…and while we face an adversary that knows no MORAL limits, let us NOT WAVER in our THANKS for our Savors’ CARE, PROTECTION, GUIDANCE, and PROMISES!

    I will not live through this next conflict, but! I WILL LIVE FOREVER thankful that I was privileged to live in this life, and CHOOSE Yeshuah’s PROMISE & MISSION!

    Good for you brother! keep up the “good fight of faith”!

  2. Teresa Sue says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Treaded, to you and yours.
    Miss V

  3. Hey T.S…..If the doc’s ARE tell’in you to slow down, then take a bit of SEAL council: “Sit the F*&CK DOWN, and SHUT THE F*&CK UP!”…Obedience to your TEAM LEADERS will keep you alive! LIKE IT OR NOT! “You don’t HAVE to LIKE it…you just HAVE to DO it!” — {:-) — {;-) ‘wink!’

    Common sis! Get the pic! Slow’ll mend better, and your loved ones will sleep better…

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