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Gibbs is Wrong — Sgt. Tony’s blog post for 9/21/2017

Thursday, Sep. 21st 2017 3:16 PM

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Like cat videos, tattoo fails are all over social media. Misspelled words, horrible “portraits” that bear no resemblance to the actual person are comical. Then there are the tattoos of random words, goofy inspirational phrases (some with conflicting ideologies), and all those barbed wire and tribal decorations. My favorites might be the ones with unreadable Chinese/Japanese symbols or kanji characters that don’t mean anything remotely close to what the tattooed person thinks they mean.

But the tattoo that says “No regerts” is priceless and ironic.

Why no regerts?

One of Frank Sinatra’s signature songs, “My Way,” contains this famous line: “Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention.” (I bet you just read that in Frank’s voice!) Apparently, having regrets must be a sign of weakness or an admission of failure. And these days, everyone must look strong and infallible.

The problem is, we ARE fallible. It’s the narcissist who thinks otherwise.

The movie “Love Story,” based on the novel of the same name by Erich Segal, had a famous line that is simply NOT true: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Balderdash! Love most certainly means having to say you’re sorry. (We all probably have that one friend or acquaintance who never apologizes.) Even the fictional character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs of “NCIS,” says that saying you’re sorry is a sign of weakness. Nope. You’re wrong about that Special Agent Gibbs.

Here’s the thing, every single day I end it with some form of regret. Every. Single. Day. Along with counting my blessings every day and having a spirit of gratitude, I must also take note of my shortcomings. How can I get better if I don’t? How can I be the best version of myself tomorrow, if I take no notice of my missteps today?

What kind of regrets?

Failures in time management. Wasting time. Not using my time profitably or wisely. Allowing myself to be distracted. Procrastination.

Then there are the multitude of failures in conversation. Did I need to say that? Did I need to say that at that moment? Did I miss out on an opportunity to be kind, encouraging, friendly, cheerful, winsome? What about my tone of voice? Was my tone positive and uplifting? Was I rude or disrespectful? Was I judgmental? Impatient? Arrogant? Petty? Was I condescending? Did I speak to others with compassion? Did I commit any of those regrettable things online? Did I use social media well?

What about my failures in conduct? Did I lose my temper in traffic? Did I assume the worst in that person who cut me off? Did I show anger to the person going 20 MPH when the speed limit is 45? Was I unfriendly to the person at the grocery store? Did I give others the benefit of the doubt? Did I interpret the actions of others in the most respectful way possible?

If I don’t reflect on my regrets, if I don’t spend some time in examining my conduct and conversation, how will I improve as a person? As a man?

Tomorrow I will do better. And if I must make restitution or ask for forgiveness, I’ll do that too … because I have regrets. And that’s okay, because tomorrow, as Scarlett said, is another day.

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TODAY’S NUTRITION TALK
by First Sergeant Ashley Holloway, MS, RD, LDN,
(A Registered Dietitian has a BS in Food Science, followed by a one year internship through an accredited university, and then with the recommendation of the internship program’s supervisor, a national examination is required. After that, an RD must have continuing education units annually in order to remain active and registered. An RD is an expert, not a hobbyist or a “food enthusiast.” You could follow the nutrition advice of some Facebook friend of a friend … or you could follow the advice of a scientist.)

Ashley recommends that you read this excellent article from the New York Times.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/biggest-loser-weight-loss.html

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80% OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH EXERCISE!
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MAKE A FACE!!!!
INCREASE YOUR WEIGHTS!
YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!
What you get out of the workouts is determined by you.

How much do you work? How much effort you put into trying to do all of the repetitions with proper form and how much weight you’re using will determine what you get out of each workout.

YOU DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR WORKOUT IS HALF-ASS OR KICKASS!

MAKING A FACE (THE GRIMACE) IS THE POOR MAN’S (OR WOMAN’S) FACELIFT!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY IS T-SHIRT DAY!

WEAR YOUR RANK INSIGNIA SHIRT, SUB 7 SHIRT, OR OTHER USMC FITNESS BOOT CAMP SHIRT EVERY WEDNESDAY!

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Have a GREAT Thursday!
Yours in good health and fitness!

Sgt. Tony

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