Situational What?

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
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 I was 20 years old, I had only a half hour ago changed out of my army uniform and kissed my baby good-bye and now I was standing next to a 16-year-old trying to read the green letters on a black screen in the back of a fast food restaurant. I had taken a part-time job at a fast food joint to help pay some of the bills that come when you start a family. As soon as I heard the family was going to be gaining another I did as many other young soon to be fathers do and I worried. I was worried about time and money.  As soon as I got back stateside from Kuwait I began looking for a way to make more money and found it at Mcdonalds.  I felt a little foolish wearing a uniform at my age but the job promised a pay check every two weeks and all the money I could get would help. The first day was rough. A lot of food orders come through at the restaurant and you can easily get lost and someone may not get their food. What I had to do when I got to the restaurant for the first two weeks after work with the army was really focus just on filling the orders.

My Sargent in my Army unit would call this situational awareness. “Specialist you have to understand not only where you want to be and how to get there but where you are now!” When I imagine his voice yelling at me like that my arms hurt, I am sure it is because when he yelled at me with one of these “life lessons” I was usually starting or in the middle of like 30 push ups. Despite the pain he was right. 

Some of the self help gurus and eastern philosophy pundits may call it living in the now. Wether you call it living in the now or situational awareness there will be times when you have to employ it (you never know when you will have to go to work after work). To apply this philosophy you have to be able to first breath, relax a little loosen the reins of your future. It is your future but as you get older you will be shocked at how little you actually control it.  

Don’t get me wrong. It is great to have a plan but you have to be flexible. Nothing should ever be written in stone. Be kind to yourself and others and pay attention to what is happening now and honestly most everything will work out fine. Life is funny that way


by the end of my fast food career I could make a burger in like 3 seconds.





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