Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.
“Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people…”
The Breakfast Club
I don’t want you to save me. I want you to stand by my side as I save myself.
sushil, The Flexible Enterprise
When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t.
Sorry is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.
Truth is like a surgery. It hurts but cures. Lie is like a pain killer. It gives instant relief but has side effects forever.
Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.
Classy is when you have a lot to say but you choose to remain silent in front of fools.
People are like music, some speak the truth and others are just noise.
What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
Don’t let someone dim your lights simply because it’s shining in their eyes.
Negative people need drama like oxygen. Stay positive, it will take their breath away.
Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
I don’t “respect people,” I respect *conduct.*
When a person has the conduct, I respect the person. But it’s got to be *consistent* conduct.
The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.
You may not be able to control someone’s negative behavior. But you can control how long you participate in it.
Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Everyday I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try to be better.
My advice: keep showing up.
I may be the black sheep of the family but, some of the white sheep aren’t as white as they try to appear.
Remember even our worst days have only 24 hours.
There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Some talk to you in their free time, and some free their time to talk to you. Learn the difference.
There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance…It’s called humility. Confidence smiles. Arrogance smirks.
Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.
Don’t count your friends when you’re on top of the world. Count your friends when the world is on top of you. It’s a more accurate count.
“Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
Gen. James Matttis
“Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them.”
ancient Samurai saying
“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”
Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I hero
“Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.”
Karl von Clausewitz
“No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.”
Admiral Horatio Nelson
“[Admiral Nelson’s counsel] guided me time and again. On the eve of the critical battle of Santa Cruz, in which the Japanese ships outnumbered ours more than two to one, I sent my task force commanders this dispatch: ATTACK REPEAT ATTACK. They did attack, heroically, and when the battle was done, the enemy turned away.
All problems, personal, national, or combat, become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble. Carry the battle to the enemy! Lay your ship alongside his!”
Admiral William “Bull” Halsey
“What nine months of attention does for an embryo forty early mornings alone will do for your gradually growing wholeness.”
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.”
“Forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time. Forgive yourself for giving away your power. Forgive yourself for past behaviors. Forgive yourself for the survival patterns and traits you picked up while enduring trauma. Forgive yourself for being who you needed to be.”
“This oak tree and me, we’re made of the same stuff.”
“Hopping from one relationship to another is not the way to find love. Slow down and give love a chance to find you.”
“Clear your mind. Your heart is trying to tell you something.”
Oh f**k, it’s only Wednesday. What’s left to do? Be kind. Just be kind.
“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.”
Robert H. Schuller
“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” Jonathan Safran Foer
Let’s promise each other that we’ll take some time away from the chaos and breathe.
What kind act are you going to commit this week?
Looking for a way to spice up your life? Ready for a real adventure. Be kind. You’ll be amazed at the doors it will open, the people you will meet, and the amazing things you will do. Being kind is the biggest adventure of all.
Kindness builds the home you long for. Be kind.
“Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally.”
“If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted.
Say what you need to say, then say a little more.
Say too much. Show too much. Love too much.
Everything is temporary but love.
Love outlives us all.”
“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did.”
Take the time to be kind. You can make all the difference in someone’s day.
You can tell how smart people are by what they taught at.
Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life.
If you don’t fight for what you want don’t cry for what you lose.
Grow through what you go through.
If flowers can teach themselves to bloom after winter passes, so can you,
You don’t get into something to test the waters, you go into things to make waves.
Never let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.
Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.
If you see your glass as half empty, pour it into a smaller glass and stop bitching.
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
technology planner and academic administrator
Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we’ve touched.
writer and producer
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
attorney, soldier and writer
I’d rather lose all my stuff than lose myself, because I’ve done that before, and that feels way worse.
As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy.
To get to the top is easy. To stay on top is hard.
Lorrie Fair Allen,
nonprofit program director and retired soccer player
I don’t get ahead of myself, and I don’t get stuck in the past. And that shows on the results.
Befarkled: Confused, characterized by a state of genuine, profound disorientation; the perpetual state of all Chemical units.
Primary Hammer or The Hammer: A cool operational term to impress a superior when describing the finishing force, or the main effort.
Fan-Out: A dismounted operation involving soldiers on the ground maximizing the amount of terrain they can cover or disperse over.
Paint the Picture: A term used to gather information and assess the situation. Usually asked by senior leaders to junior leaders. Usually invoked after the senior leader has gotten sleep and knows absolutely nothing about the tactical situation, while the battle captain has been up all night.
Critical Terrain: Terrain that if not secured, grabbed, taken or camped out on — you are screwed. A new category to describe terrain in FM 34-130 (Critical – Decisive – Key).
Kick-Out: An armor technique used to employ light infantry to clear severely restricted terrain in order to allow the armor to pass.
Phase: Infantry term for we don’t know how to write paragraph three.
Hey, Diddle – Diddle: Group of words used to describe a possible COA that allows for no analytical thought and ensures a minimum 75% casualty rate. Known also to the USMC as High, Diddle-Diddle.
Police-Up: An infantry operation to defeat the remaining enemy on an objective after Armor forces by-pass or attempt to avoid confrontation.
Flex: A really cool sounding non-doctrinal term used to maneuver a unit from one location to another. Used primarily when you don’t have a clue where you are or how the hell to get to the new location.
Technique: A noun, used in the phrase: “That’s a technique.” Translated – That’s a really screwed up way to execute this operation and you will probably kill your entire unit. But if you want to do it that way – go ahead.”
Hang Out: To establish a position characterized by a total lack of security, soldiers asleep in hammocks and a huge BBQ pit turning out chow. A task usually accomplished by Air Defenders.
Bells & Whistles: An inordinate amount of cheese, not required to get the necessary information communicated to another individual or group of individuals. Commonly associated with Canine and Equestrian Theater.
Blah, Blah, Blah: Short for “You know what I’m going to say anyway, so I’m not going to waste our time to actually say it.” See also Yada Yada Yada or Homina Homina, or humma humma humma.
Let’s Rock Baby: Radio communications pro-word for “Guidons, this is 2. Panther 6 FRAGO follows, acknowledge, over.”
Getting’ Jiggy With It: A friendly oriented, offensive form of maneuver that simultaneously utilizes at least three maneuver elements.
Drive By: Engaging the enemy while bypassing. Meets both the destruction and bypass criteria given in the OPORD.
Zipping Around: An aviation movement technique in which the helicopters appear to fly around aimlessly at a high rate of speed impressing the Ground Combat Troops with their speed and dash. Occasionally encompasses “Getting’ Jiggy With It” and usually used in a zone reconnaissance.
Back-Stop: A term used to cover a staff failure to properly wargame a course of action. Also, a term used by infantry showing how “hope” is a method incorporated to defeat the enemy. “If the enemy gets through the engagement area, we have Delta Company placed here — to backstop the Battalion defense.
Coocy (Gucci) Move: Altering Commander’s intent, commander’s guidance or violating the fundamentals of reconnaissance or security operations. USMC spelling: Goosey.
Get Up and Haul Butt: A movement technique that requires all elements within the organization to cross the LD yesterday.
Flail-Ex: Also known as the planning process.
SelfCon: This is when a junior commander (usually a captain) comes to the realization that his higher is completely clueless (perhaps even befarkled) so he simply attaches himself and his command to another unit.
Cheetah-Flips: The course of action development phase of the Military Decision Making Process in an imagined crisis environment (often replicated by headquarters during daily operations).
Pound The Crap Out Of: Somewhere between disrupt and destroy and slightly more than neutralize.
Squirrel-Ex: The wargaming phase of the MDMP after all Cheetah-Flips are completed, briefed and refined. The Squirrel Ex phase normally culminates with a 102 color slide briefing clearly outlining what can be said in a well-written paragraph (formerly known as the Commander’s intent and/or concept of the operation) this phase is often called a Cheese-Ex. This is the Force XXI cause of the “Fog of War.”
Take-Down: An aggressive former wrestling term used to describe your actions on the objective an inherent lack of regard for the enemy’s capabilities.
Sweep: A fluid, noncontinuous form of battlespace dominance, usually combined with zippin’ around or getting’ jiggy with it.
Mop-Up: A term for the actions occurring just after you discover you are actually on the objective, in the enemy’s fire sack, that implies a willingness to expose oneself to lethal fires.
Hit: Term for applying massed effects against the enemy. As in “First we’ll hit these guys over here then we’ll hit these guys, and then the guys over here will be hit with asymmetrical dominance from assets from EAC.
Boned: A term used in response to orders issued from a higher commander. As in “I am the counter-reconnaissance company and the battalion reserve at the same time — I got boned!”
Triple-Hull Down: A term associated with force-protection, fratricide, and self-preservation. In order to prevent being fired on by friends when saying something really stupid, hiding from the boss who has a task that only you can fill, or cover your butt from being smoked by anyone.