On Father’s Day– lessons from my grandpa about facing life

Here was today’s quote for the blog:

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”—Winston Churchill

I think in order to do that you must keep your eyes on the goal.

Think about World War I and World War II…. Men walking thru towns, guns at their sides, unable to distinguish friend or foe. Some towns taken. Some bridges bombed and lost. If they let each and every battle have preeminence in their thoughts… that could spell defeat. What happened when they lost several towns in weeks of walking. Lost several comrades. Burned bridges so they could no longer reach supplies — but also the enemy couldn’t move forward.

I think we are soft.

or rather, I am soft.

Life on the line is not what I live. Yet, I “get” (allow myself to get) overwhelmed by emotional issues and circumstances. These are issues all soldiers do not have the luxury of weighing out. My Grandpa fought in WWI. It took a toll on him. But when he was there– he was all in, high alert, doing what the situation required whether
he wanted to or not
he was scared or not
he could guarantee the outcome or not.

And he, unlike I, could not go for a run, turn on Netflix, buy something online, hang out with friends, or even pull the covers over his head for a few hours to cope.

Emotional issues are tricky and difficult. Grandpa was a man of few words when I was growing up. He took care of 2 other families for a total of 16 relatives in his 2 bedroom home while he was the only one employed with the mail service in the 1940’s.

He did what was necessary to meet the needs.

Emotionally– he numbed out….for the rest of his life.

So is that what the issue is? Is it that today’s problems are more mental and emotional then survival? How can so many do such amazing feats in survival mode, yet I quiver or resign when and issue is “tough”, “not fair”, “not what I want”.

This is father’s day but today I am thinking of my grandfather and the lessons I can learn from him.

Thank you Claude LeRoy Hufstetler for your service WWI.

Until Next Time~
Blessings, Kate