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J.S. Leonard
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As it's a new year here are words of wisdom and encouragement. My friend CSM Pat McNamara (Retired) sent me this. It got my head right and refocused. Learn from it.

He wrote this for an article for Ballistic Magazine and forwarded​ it to me.


Bad shit happens in life. It is…..life. People die, jobs are lost, deals are broken, illness strikes, property are damaged and hearts are broken. It sucks. Accept it. The rut of life is something that none of us are immune to. This rut should not consume us though. It is not a prison. Do not be subservient to bleak
thoughts. That would be a sign of laziness or of mediocracy. The rut’s depth may have been created by a wagon wheel or may have been carved out of the earth by raging waters. As a result, we contemplate
suicide, we use drugs, we become drunks, we beat our kids, we gain weight, and we become detached. Years ago, I fell into despair, as many Americans do, due to some life altering event. The lens through
which we view life can become distorted by domestic issues, financial strife, overwhelming workload.
My rut of life seemed unescapable. For me it was a combo-platter and my darkness, masked by a lot of faking, lasted for more than a year. For one, I missed the comradery of being a part of a Unit where
there is a level of intimacy with those surrounding you that can’t be found many places. That coupled
with a horrible support mechanism at the home front. When I found myself in a dark place, my self-
diagnosis, with a little help from Google search engine, read that I was depressed. My prognosis was that depression is for pussies. Now, I know that depression is a serious thing that should not be taken lightly but that’s what I plugged into my pea brain. I nearly capitulated to darkness. But something reminded me that life is not objective. I knew that I
couldn’t simply ‘Go with the Flo’. Life is malleable. My remedy was to go for a run. Not across Greenbow
County like Forest Gump. I just went out and burned up the pavement for a bit. I knew I needed an attitude adjustment. I needed to escape this rut. Some time back, I was a part of a small group of individuals who had the mindset that there was, is, no second place. It wasn’t shouted in some lame mantra nor was there any chest pounding. It is a mindset
that resonates with certain people or groups of people. I just needed to set fire again to the mindset that became an ember. We are all hardwired differently however. Not all of us can put our minds to achieving a grandiose task of epic proportion, and succeed at it. Not all of us can light a match that ignites dark and scary thoughts either. Regardless, there is fire within us all that allows us to be who we want to be. We can choose our own paths. Following through and delivering is another story.
A bad sequence of events can not only put us in a downer of a mood but it can spiral to the point where we question our self-worth. Don’t look where you don’t want to go. Before you buy a ticket to the pity party, remember that the world is bigger than you, …we are. The mind navigates the body. In other words, how you think will determine ones attitude and mindset. The brain intuitively tells the body what to do. Mindset….to what degree. A mindset adjustment can get us out of the deepest darkest places. I have listed 25 ways to escape depression, or ruts, …. Whether these apply to you or not, keep in mind that these are personal and have applied all of them.

1. Be productive. Plan something whether it is a project, hobby or best work day ever. Engrave that
thought into your hard drive. Look forward to tomorrow.

2. Crank up the METAL. Even if you are not a metal head. Bone crushing, paint peeling, flesh
shredding METAL

3. Accept the fact that life is going to hand you lemons. Make lemonade. There is no yellow brick
road, no easy path. Hard work sucks and not everyone is cut out for it.

4. Sit up straight. Maintain condition yellow. Stay out of the white. Stay switched on instead of
switched off. Get out of that 45 degree syndrome.

5. “You can do anything you want in life.” Bullshit! No you can’t. But you damn sure can be the
best ‘You!’

6. Surround yourself with those who create the best ‘You’. Douche bags and dummies will only set
you further into your rut.

7. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Take your own path and stay away from the sheeple.

8. Workout several times a week because strong body equals strong mind. Play a highlight reel of
you attacking a workout the morning or day before it happens

9. Never be late, light or out of uniform. If I am not early, I am late. If I am late, please come look
for me because I am probably faced down in a ditch somewhere. Late people suck.

10. Don’t wallow in self-pity. It is not attractive and is toxic to those around you.

11. There are 7 and a half billion people milling about on our planet. Visit a shit hole either abroad
or right here in the greatest country on earth and see how bad you’ve really got it.

12. Keep in mind that success is the best revenge on those who may have cast you into this rut. This
does not come easy nor does it come over night

13. Do not deny the negative. You will only perpetuate problems rather than to solve them

14. Be self-aware and take responsibility. Some of the reason why we fall into ruts lies on us. Oh yes
it does!

15. Be introspective and recognize your faults and weaknesses. Say to yourself “You can probably
do better.”

16. Do what’s right instead of doing the right thing. Innately, we human beings know right from
wrong. We should be good to others and do what’s right instead of doing the right thing to
appease someone of some higher power.

17. Don’t plan to fail by failing to plan. Be prepared for whatever. We need to be prepared to save
our own life, someone else’s life or to kick someone’s ass.

18. There is no cure for being a cunt and there are plenty of them out there. Check your anger
before you do something stupid but never be victimized by some dumb ass.

19. Limits begin where vision ends. We cannot outperform our self-image. Positive mental attitude
goes a long way in training and in day to day life.

20. Do not to rest on your laurels. What’s done is done. Yesterday doesn’t mean shit unless you can
perform tomorrow.

21. Choose what to give a fuck about. Some shit does not require you to exert effort over or to
dwell on.

22. Don’t look like shit. Get to grooming. Trim those nose hairs, take a shower and dress for success.

23. Try to find the positives that outweigh your negatives. Look forward to every tomorrow and
remember what is good about the past. We should not data dump the ‘Bads’ from yesterday but
learn from them. Fail quickly. When shit doesn’t go our way, we need to learn from the past,
prepare for the future and perform in the present.

24. Clean up that pig sty of a house and get rid of the clutter. Be a good getter-ridder-ofer.

25. Put a rubber band around your neck and snap the fuck out of it. You are not the only one on the
planet. The sun does not rise and set on your ass. (I have said this to myself several times)


Attitudes and strong mindset can be contagious. A negative attitude can adversely affect those around
you. Conversely, you can spread positivity by emitting a kick ass pheromone of bad-assery. Be the
champion at your own game of life and GITCHUSUM!!!

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Rando Tooming ·
love that Monster and your choice of slippies! i also carry such things a lot (have 3 Monsters and a Baby Tuna).
J.S. Leonard ·
Thanks, I have 2 Monters ( SKX 779 BLACK & SKX 781 ORANGE) in my collection. The 781 is a Japan model so there harder to find outside of Japan.
Michael Rayburn ·
Love the carry & love the rules.
J.S. Leonard ·
Thank you!
Youri Claes ·
Love Seiko. they make such fine watches for such a good price