What is your one hope for today?

Some weeks are more challenging than others and some feel like a month’s worth of work is tucked into five days!  This is not a complaint.  When I catch myself feeling stressed, exhausted or frustrated, I step back and take a moment to look for the silver lining.  Sometimes it shines brightly and other times, I have to take an inventory and seek it out.

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When taking on too much responsibility is a detriment to one’s self.

“I so appreciate this about you that you always look within and are so willingly ready to take responsibility, but we have flaws in our process. This has nothing to do with you.  You will not take responsibility when it’s to your detriment.” 

My manager had no idea how impactful her comment was.  It was a casual conversation between us, but it was a pivotal turning point in my life.

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A tribute to my Pearl Harbor hero and the Greatest Generation.

A tribute to the late Kenneth K. Kisker, U.S.N. Retired.

As Pearl Harbor Day rolls onto the calendar, I’m reminded of the great sacrifices the men and women of our country made on that day – and many days to follow.

December 7, 1941. A day that will live in infamy. The attack killed 2,403 service members and wounded 1,178 more. Six U.S. ships were sank or destroyed as well as 169 U.S. Navy and Army Corps planes.

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From the broken, for the broken.

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Rock bottom. No two landings are the same.

Rock bottom.  When we hear those words, we may visualize a person who is dirty and destitute. We may envision a person who is living on the streets without a penny to spare or a friend to call.  We usually think of great loss – a person with no work, no home and no support.

When we hear rock bottom, I think it is safe to say that we correlate that with someone whom may be lying on the floor, drooling and foul smelling.  They have not changed their clothes in days and are unable to mutter even one sensible word.  Slurring, sloppy and careless. No willpower. Morally inept. Void of values or a sense of purpose.  Weak and powerless. Continue reading “Rock bottom. No two landings are the same.”

I need to hear from you.


Would you be willing to take a moment and provide me with your valuable input?  I’m working on a piece that will include New Year’s resolutions and I’d like to hear from you.  What do you think of making New Year’s resolutions?  Do you make them each year?  If yes, are you successful?  Why do you choose that particular day to begin?  If not, why not?  If not, when and how do you break bad habits and replace them with positive action?

If you’re comfortable in doing so, please reply to the post and start the discussion.  If you’re not comfortable in doing so, please email me at fromthedeskofpennwellgray@gmail.com.  Thank you in advance to those who will participate!

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