Words of Wisdom 

One of my old Army mentors posted this on his Facebook. Very wise words of wisdom. He recently retired. This was a person I had a huge amount of respect for even if at times I did not always agree, but I always did as told and every mission was always a success. So I thought I would share. 


1. God truly knows each and every one of our breaking points; I’ve often found that whenever I get very close to my breaking point, something unexpected tends to happen.  Whether it’s a profound encounter with a stranger or the big break I’d been looking for, something nearly always seems to happen whenever I get to a point where I’ve just had enough and finally give it to God to work it out on my behalf.


2. Friends will often come and go; simply because you were close with someone  20 years ago doesn’t mean you’re going to be close to them today, next week or next year and that’s OK.  People change, and so do relationships.  Sometimes people come into your lives at very specific times to help you get from point A to B, and then they somehow fade away.  That’s the real magic of life and relationships: they’re always evolving.  “The sooner you realize this, the better your emotional health will be.”


3. Don’t let little things get to you; think about it!  Does it really matter who is” right” about who did what chore in the house or on the job that you complained about all year long?  You might win the fight, but you lose the battle.  Don’t sweat the small stuff because little things don’t matter.  “STOP FIGHTING EVERYONE” WHEN YOU DO THIS, YOU WILL COME TO REALIZE THE PERSON YOU HAVE BEEN FIGHTING ALL THESE YEARS HAVE BEEN YOURSELF, THAT’S RIGHT YOURSELF, THINK ON THIS!  STOP THINKING TO GET ANYWHERE OR THING OUT OF THIS LIFE YOU HAVE TO FIGHT!


4.  No one is perfect; this especially holds true for people we put on pedestals.  No matter how great or enlightened they are, they’re still human.  Everyone make mistakes, and nobody is perfect.


5. Working hard doesn’t always mean working smart; just because you’re working 16 hours a day doesn’t mean you’re efficient with your time.  I have come to learn this the hard way, don’t get me wrong, you still have to work hard to succeed, but if you’re not also organized and efficient, often time you will come to the realization you’re just wasting time.


6. You are a combination of the five people you spend the most time with; it may sound like a cliché, but it’s true.  If you really want to change your life, you have to modify the people you hang around with.  Spend time with people who support you and believe in you.  I learned this the hard way.


7. Goals and deadlines are important, but sometimes you just have to say, “I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but I know it’s going to happen!”  “Now please you are going to have to wait.”


8. Never walk away mad from a loved one, Life is precious.  One moment someone is here and the next moment they might be gone… so treat every word with loved ones accordingly.


9. Gratitude is the key to happiness; the common theme behind every religion is gratitude.  It’s powerful, and it works!  Always be grateful for what you have; no matter how bad things seem, there’s always someone who has it worse.  When I was a young boy, my mother would tell me, “The boy with no shoes cried until he met the boy with no feet.”


10. There’s only one proper way to accept a compliment; the words “thank you” will suffice.
Stay Strong,


Traveling and Collections

For many Years I have been traveling around to different parts of the world; mostly the Middle East and Europe. Here and there I pick up something. Usually change or currency. As a soldier. While I was in the military I was stationed in Germany, A NATO country. Since it was a NATO country I was not required to carry a US Passport. My Military ID was my pass to neighboring NATO Countries. So as proof of my travels I would save pocket change.


Currency Included from Europe is from before the Euro. It includes France, Turkey, Italy, England, Albania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Some US Change. I have Change from Iraq, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Philippines.


Occasionally I make friends also from different places and trade currency. Most of the time they are on the better end of the exchange, but it is a piece of experience in life. The Iraqi Dinar I swapped with Iraqi’s when I was in Iraq for the War between 2003 and 2006. The Kuwaiti Dinar and UAE Dirhams were collected while I was in the Army and when I went back as a contractor.  The Russian, Romanian, Egyptian, and Indian currency I got from ladies I have dated at one time or another.

Some people collect Stamps, Patches, Flags, Thimbles, Key chains, Post cards, refrigerator magnets, and shot glasses.  As a wanderer it is nice to show a piece of your experiences, adventures, and travels. I know I wont always be able to travel. So I keep these things to reflect upon. I recommend anyone who is afforded the ability to travel to keep something.

Countries I have been to Include: United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland, France, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and the Philippines.

To my readers, Where Have your travels taken you and what do you collect?

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran