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Old 09-07-2010, 03:39   #1
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Appreciating the Small Things

the other day i was thinking how id like this boat or that boat, or the things i dont like about my current one. i went sailing shortly after and had my army assault pack that i threw in the cabin. of course it falls over unzipped and everything falls out. as im packing everything back in and cursing i saw a folded tag. it was the tag that was tied onto my boot lace during my medivac flight from iraq back into germany. it made me think that after that point i was walking on a cane for 6 months going through repeated surgeries. not knowing if i would be able to surf or sail again. it made me think how lucky i am to be able to enjoy the simple things that i used to take for granted. i put that tag in my wallet so everytime i think im having a really bad day that will remind me of how it could always be worse. and even though i smash my head more times than i can count on my boat, its better than not having one at all
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"He who is satisfied with what he has is ALREADY rich"

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"Want is the basis of all unhappiness" (Chinese philosopher's words)
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the other day i was thinking how id like this boat or that boat, or the things i dont like about my current one. i went sailing shortly after and had my army assault pack that i threw in the cabin. of course it falls over unzipped and everything falls out. as im packing everything back in and cursing i saw a folded tag. it was the tag that was tied onto my boot lace during my medivac flight from iraq back into germany. it made me think that after that point i was walking on a cane for 6 months going through repeated surgeries. not knowing if i would be able to surf or sail again. it made me think how lucky i am to be able to enjoy the simple things that i used to take for granted. i put that tag in my wallet so everytime i think im having a really bad day that will remind me of how it could always be worse. and even though i smash my head more times than i can count on my boat, its better than not having one at all


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the other day i was thinking how id like this boat or that boat, or the things i dont like about my current one. i went sailing shortly after and had my army assault pack that i threw in the cabin. of course it falls over unzipped and everything falls out. as im packing everything back in and cursing i saw a folded tag. it was the tag that was tied onto my boot lace during my medivac flight from iraq back into germany. it made me think that after that point i was walking on a cane for 6 months going through repeated surgeries. not knowing if i would be able to surf or sail again. it made me think how lucky i am to be able to enjoy the simple things that i used to take for granted. i put that tag in my wallet so everytime i think im having a really bad day that will remind me of how it could always be worse. and even though i smash my head more times than i can count on my boat, its better than not having one at all
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Old 11-07-2010, 22:02   #7
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thanks guys. i didnt mean to tell the story looking for thank yous but it is appreciated. but its true, all the small things i used to bitch about dont really mean anything. like i said, my boats only 23 ft but its better than no boat at all. just today i was surfing and snapped my board second wave in . i got really pissed then though, ah well. it happens. at least im home and can still enjoy the ocean.
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thanks guys. i didnt mean to tell the story looking for thank yous but it is appreciated. but its true, all the small things i used to bitch about dont really mean anything. like i said, my boats only 23 ft but its better than no boat at all. just today i was surfing and snapped my board second wave in . i got really pissed then though, ah well. it happens. at least im home and can still enjoy the ocean.
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Thank you for your service, and hold that thought, there is much to be thankful for, including having a boat in which you can bang your head on.
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its funny how one bang on the head can turn you into having a temporary case of tourrettes syndrome.
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like i said, my boats only 23 ft but its better than no boat at all.
My boat's only 23 foot, but it means the world to me. I'm head over heels in love with my little sailing boat.

And, indeed, thanks for your service, and very glad you can enjoy a somewhat normal life, especially after enduring a heck of a lot of pain.

I salute you. I'm a Vietnam-era vet. (God, I'm getting old).

I'm hoping sailing, even starting at mid-life, will help to keep me young, in mind and body.
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