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Old 06-22-2020, 10:18   #4
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Originally Posted by greenberetTFS View Post
Creed of the Quiet Professionals


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These unprecedented times got me into some thinking and reflecting.

I am about to reach 3 years OCONUS with brief breaks in the past, and no way of leaving the country in the near future. As morale is getting lower among those are stuck, I wonder why mine is getting higher....(one staff even told me I should visit the shrink when I explained my boss had to force me to take RnR in the past)

Well, I find more meaning in what I do exactly during times such as these. Then I remember what laid the foundation for such belief

At 1:33:
"I will be called upon to perform tasks in isolation, far from familiar faces and voices"

Also, there's a saying here that after long OCONUS time, you either turn into a chunk, a drunk, a skunk, a hunk, a monk, or a combination of those. Well, I represent the last two and are helping the staff to pursue fitness and well being. Slipping into mediocrity is all too easy with the current rules, but I find myself still doing long cardio and lifts while huffing and puffing through mandatory mask. I am also eating even better than back in the US.

Again...At 1:53
"I will keep my mind and body clean, alert, and strong"

Thank you to all the ancient members for all your mentoring. It's been over a decade worth of one hell of a ride. No harm, no foul. Didn't get the long tab (got longest tab instead ), but the positive, ongoing, life impacts over values that I internalized are undeniable.

Hats off and Gott sei mit euch to all of you who are pursuing the QP path. As my journey can attest, tab or no tab, that pursuit will serve you well.
"we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Rom. 5:3-4

"So we can suffer, and in suffering we know who we are" David Goggins

"Aide-toi, Dieu t'aidera " Jehanne, la Pucelle

Der, der Geld verliert, verliert einiges;
Der, der einen Freund verliert, verliert viel mehr;
Der, der das Vertrauen verliert, verliert alles.

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