As this deployment is nearing the end, I’m beginning to realize that the little details that I would normally take for granted are what make the distance and stress totally doable. For my fifth deployment lesson in this 9-month deployment, I’ve learned that the little details are what make this deployment doable.
You know those little things that you can sometimes take for granted? Like phone calls, or seeing your loved ones face after 2 months? Those good days where EvErYtHinG goes right? Those are the details I’m talking about! The little glimmers of hope that inspire you to push through to the next. Those are what make deployments doable.
Deployments are hard (obviously) and there’s the days where you wonder how you’ll make it the next several months or those last few weeks. But that’s what this deployment lesson is about, how the little details that are typically taken for granted make the deployment just a little bit easier.
Throughout this entire deployment, I’ve been keeping a pretty positive mindset. I really feel that it’s because I look forward to the little silver linings that shine through occasionally that keep me pushing forward. They definitely makes keeping my positive attitude that much easier.
However, pushing to the next positive happening can be discouraging, especially when it seems like you have the month from hell. That’s where the super little details come in. For example, I sent D a photo of a gorgeous sunset and he responded with “Still not as beautiful as you.” *insert swoon* With how distant D has been lately, getting little moments like this completely put a pep in my step.
Making It Happen
With the little details, you can’t just make them happen and that’s an important tidbit. BUT, you need to be able to recognize them or else they just won’t help you out!
If you are driving around and look up to see a stunning sunset or scenery, pull over and take it in for a minute or two! Go out to eat and your food isn’t that great? Just think about the time spent outside of the house and people-watch, or even acknowledge the nice service if you get it.
You gotta look for those positive moments that shine through, even on the bad days. I had a pretty crappy day yesterday, I was sick, the weather was horrible, I got a bad grade on a quiz, I was not a happy camper. But getting told by D that he wishes he could be home, having my adorable puppies behaving well and cuddling with my grump butt, and safely listening to the rain from inside completely turned my day around.
Take this deployment lesson and apply it to your life. You don’t have to be going through a deployment, but any negativity that is happening in your life. Remember that! Keep looking at the silver linings in life, and the dark days will end before you know it!