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Interesting, motivational encounter

Sunday, September 22, 2013

While working at a particularly physical job, last week, I had the luck of being in the right place, at the right time.

The day was beautiful, low humidity, sun shining, and fortunate enough to have some shade. The breeze just right to keep things good.

I was digging and edging an overdue section of curb along a very busy road. The ground was 8 inches above the curb and 10 inches over the curb! Every two digs, the traffic would whiz by and due to construction, everyone was merging into the lane I was working in. Made for interesting and time consuming work. I do believe there were some that buzzed me close, just to get a kick. emoticon

This area can be a mecca for the shady character and encounters with people to keep an eye out on, as they walked the sidewalk.
It also has it's share of regulars, riding bikes to VCU or work, people walking children, you just never know.

While getting into the rhythm of the dig, a strong voice from behind, proclaimed " You have your work cut out for you."
As I turned around, this is what I saw.

Sgt. Chuck Lewis - AKA Montana Honor Guard.

We struck up a conversation and come to find out, this man was on a mission.

Walking for the Fallen~USA
He is walking across the country, from Montana to Washington, DC. 3,300 miles, the route he is taking and it happened to lead him right to where I was working. How lucky am I?

Raising awareness for Suicide in the Military , patriotism, guilt for contributing to a weaker generation, with the country having programs that do such and raising money for programs for the wounded and disabled veterans.

We chatted and I thanked him for his service and for all he has and is doing. I told him it was an honor to meet him and we shook hands. He said "Good hand shake"and ended with me feeling pretty good.
(I do have a firm handshake and don't care for the fishy kind, myself.)

The day passed with me smiling , burning a lot of calories, getting the job done and thankful that the dreaded job brought such joy. The bright side!

When I got home, I looked him up at Walking for the Fallen~USA
Very impressive, in so many ways, but this is what I will share, today.

He was in the Marines, from 1970-1974. Then spent a good many years, in the United states Navy Reserves.

He has been a competitive athlete for many years, bike racing, triathlons , distance running with 100 mile runs! Wow!

It was indeed an honor to meet him, to listen to his message and to be motivated by this encounter.

Should you wish to learn more, look him up. Should you wish to help out, that is up to you.

I did and am proud to be a part of it.

Good day, physically, mentally and spiritually. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JENJENN7 11/10/2013 9:52AM

    I read your today's blog and decided to check out the other letters of the alphabet that you had posted, when this caught my eye. It's good! And I love that sometimes the best blessings come in the most unexpected and difficult of places! Thank you! emoticon

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TUNERVILLE 10/24/2013 9:52AM

    Wow! I love stuff like that!

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CAROLMAID 10/3/2013 7:01PM

    So glad you met this man and got to talk to him and about his mission! So cool that there are people like this in our world..... amazing, strong, wise people, who contribute the betterment of others. So glad you thanked him for his service to our country as well! kinda makes you forget about the people buzzing you on purpose for entertainment doesn't it? Thanks for sharing emoticon

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BILLB000 10/2/2013 12:47AM

What could have been a frustrating and discouraging day, became a nice day to remember. Serendipitous. You seem to have a knack for turning a day around. As well as a knack for storytelling. Thank you for this. I enjoyed reading about your experience, and about the fine gentleman you met.

Let us stay the course and keep on Sparking.... much like the determination shown by the fellow in your story..

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SPARKFRAN514 9/28/2013 8:34PM

    emoticon for sharing your day sorry that people were so unkind to you the way they drive by you glad you stayed safe. what an honor to meet such a special person what a gift he is giving to the service men women and us by his example. I plan to check this out like you asked us to. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTIE441 9/25/2013 1:44AM

    Wow! Awesome girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/23/2013 8:55AM

    That is so cool! I have to look him up. I hope he meets his goal.

emoticon for sharing!

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FUNLOVEN 9/22/2013 10:44PM

    What a journey he is on! We can all learn from him and the example he represents in courage, bravery, and honor.

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MOM2GEO_JR 9/22/2013 9:41PM

    Chris, whar a lovely thing to happen to you. I for sure will look it up. I know it made you day, and I know he appreciated you taking the time out to talk with him.


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NELLIEH1 9/22/2013 9:17PM

    Thanks for sharing this!!

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MARLINDA5 9/22/2013 8:52AM

    How emoticon that you got to meet Sergeant Chuck Lewis. I will look him up.

Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 9/22/2013 8:37AM

    So that is your news you had to tell us. emoticon , he made your day a little brighter.
Working in that traffic had to be stressful.

Thanks for Sharing.

Hugs Mary

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