Family communication will be a definite factor in any conversations with your aging parents. You will set yourself up for major trauma if you believe that you can resolve all issues only with your aging parents and leave out siblings and extended family.
Family dynamics are complex. It’s not a simple question whether our siblings are our allies, or our enemies. We continue to carry and relive the struggles that began in childhood. The lists of concerns and grievances often expand with age. Learning new family communication skills can prevent conversations that begin about one topic and quickly shift to carry the hurts and pains from years gone by.
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Learn about AFTB:
AFTB is a volunteer-led organization with a central tenet: provide training and knowledge to spouses and family members to support the total Army effort. Strong families are the pillar of support behind strong Soldiers. It is AFTB's mission to educate and train all of the Army in knowledge, skills, and behaviors designed to prepare our Army families to move successfully into the future.
The time of year has arrived for many of us to thank and show our gratitude to others. It may be a teacher, coach, or graduate that we want to express our appreciation and well wishes. The Simple Truths book and movie, May You Be Blessed, is not a religious book but it captures the joy in seeking out and sharing the blessings within each brand new day
The beautiful movie and gift book titled May You Be Blessed is about joy, gratitude, appreciation, kindness and love. Rekindle your inner light by enjoying this 3 minute movie and be sure to bless someone else by sharing it with them.
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"Life is a great adventure…accept it in such a spirit." Theodore Roosevelt
The happiest times of my friend Richard was during his youth when their family took long family adventures with his parents and his brother. They did not have a great deal of money but every year they would get in the car and travel around the country. My friend Richard learned a great deal from these trips and they helped shaped his life in many ways.
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This will grab your heart:
In the faint light of the attic, an old man, tall and stooped, bent his great frame and made his way to a stack of boxes that sat near one of the little half-windows. Brushing aside a wisp of cobwebs, he tilted the top box toward the light and began to carefully lift out one old photograph album after another. Eyes once bright but now dim searched longingly for the source that had drawn him here.
It began with the fond recollection of the love of his life, long gone, and somewhere in these albums was a photo of her he hoped to rediscover. Silent as a mouse, he patiently opened the long buried treasures and soon was lost in a sea of memories. Although his world had not stopped spinning when his wife left it, the past was more alive in his heart than his present aloneness.
Setting aside one of the dusty albums, he pulled from the box what appeared to be a journal from his grown son’s childhood. He could not recall ever having seen it before, or that his son had ever kept a journal. Why did Elizabeth always save the children’s old junk? he wondered, shaking his white head.
Opening the yellowed pages, he glanced over a short reading, and his lips curved in an unconscious smile. Even his eyes brightened as he read the words that spoke clear and sweet to his soul. It was the voice of the little boy who had grown up far too fast in this very house, and whose voice had grown fainter and fainter over the years. In the utter silence of the attic, the words of a guileless six-year-old worked their magic and carried the old man back to a time almost totally forgotten.
Entry after entry stirred a sentimental hunger in his heart like the longing a gardener feels in the winter for the fragrance of spring flowers. But it was accompanied by the painful memory that his son’s simple recollections of those days were far different from his own. But how different?
Reminded that he had kept a daily journal of his business activities over the years, he closed his son’s journal and turned to leave, having forgotten the cherished photo that originally triggered his search. Hunched over to keep from bumping his head on the rafters, the old man stepped to the wooden stairway and made his descent, then headed down a carpeted stairway that led to the den.
Opening a glass cabinet door, he reached in and pulled out an old business journal. Turning, he sat down at his desk and placed the two journals beside each other. His was leather-bound and engraved neatly with his name in gold, while his son’s was tattered and the name “Jimmy” had been nearly scuffed from its surface. He ran a long skinny finger over the letters, as though he could restore what had been worn away with time and use.
As he opened his journal, the old man’s eyes fell upon an inscription that stood out because it was so brief in comparison to other days. In his own neat handwriting were these words:
Wasted the whole day fishing with Jimmy. Didn’t catch a thing.
With a deep sigh and a shaking hand, he took Jimmy’s journal and found the boy’s entry for the same day, June 4. Large scrawling letters, pressed deeply into the paper, read:
Went fishing with my dad. Best day of my life.
The story you just read is the introduction for To A Child Love is Spelled T-I-M-E. It was written by my co-author Lance Wubbles, a best selling author for inspirational books. Here's the story behind the story...
Adopt a local military family and provided emotional and extra support for a military family. Each holiday can cause a military family stress as there loved one may be away serving our country. Be creative and think of ways you can support this military family.
How will you spend your 3,900 Saturdays ?
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday morning. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:
I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whomever he was talking with something about “a thousand marbles.” I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.
“Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It’s too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital,” he continued; “Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities.” And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles.”
“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.
“Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3,900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I’m getting to the important part.
It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail,” he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear.”
Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.
There’s nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.
Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.
It was nice to meet you Tom. I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 year old man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!”
You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.
Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. “C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.”
“What brought this on?” she asked with a smile.
“Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.”
If you are looking ahead to Memorial Day and would like a way to honor veterans share the Simple Truths movie and title "A Tender Warrior" written by LT. General Hal Moore. Included in the book are his 5 beautifully written leadership letters. His and his soldier’s story is the basis for the movie, We Were Soldiers.
"A Tender Warrior" shares 5 Leadership Letters from the life of LT. General Hal Moore. His and his soldier’s story is the basis for the movie We Were Soldiers. Take a few minutes to watch this story of strength and dedication. The book includes his letters, photographs and the gift of Hal Moore's example of a life of service and leadership. It is a special way to honor, show appreciation and thank those who have served their country. Watch this movie now:A Tender Warrior
What the heck is on a woman's mind. What does she
want? Since it is very hard to decipher the female
mind. I have created a page where women can
totally voice their opinions on everything.
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March 9 th is International Women's Day and March is National Women's History Month! Today, and each day this month, celebrate the 2011 Women's History theme, "Our History is Our Strength." At Simple Truths, we have a variety of books that focus on women and their strength. Below, I have included banner links to the movies, Oh Thank Goodness, It's Not Just Me and Great Quotes from Great Women. Take time to learn and share about womens tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries. This knowledge will be a tremendous source of encouragement and strength.
Women today face more challenges than ever accompanied by feelings of being overwhelmed and spread much too thin. More and more women are raising their hands and speaking up to tell the truth about how they feel. Other women are saying, "Me, too! Oh, thank Goodness I'm not the only one!" Enjoy this movie that will make you laugh, think and appreciate all the women in your life. Share this with others to bring encouragement to them as well as the reassurance and comfort in knowing they are not alone.
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Great Quotes from Great Women ~
This movie is filled with timeless wisdom from great women throughout history. This wisdom from women from all walks of life will inspire, comfort, and encourage you.
Their passion and persistence have advanced womanhood and the world.