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You might remember when I wrote about getting out of my comfort zone and trying something different. How I spoke of moving way out of that proverbial box to do the repair on my truck’s engine. Well recently we had our first significant snow storm. It was about 4″ and a bit slushy. I was able to drive my truck with no problems. If you read the repair posts, I spoke of how I couldn’t drive my truck in this type of whether before the repair and new tires because the idle was so high it felt quite dangerous to drive. Maybe I should talk about this in its own post. I like that idea…well, I digress.

Back to jumping out of the box. I got an big sense of accomplishment doing the truck repair and it gave me that same feeling that I get after doing the Crim 10 mile race or a half marathon. That if I put my mind to something that I have interest in, I can do just about anything. So I asked myself, self, what would I like to do next? The answer was, learn to play a guitar. I figured that would be nice to do. I’ve had a guitar of some sort since I was a kid, but I’ve never taken the time or put in the effort to learn how to play. At this point, I would just love to be able to play a few short songs and strum along and sound rather nice, well at least to me.

Years ago, I had a decent electric guitar, but sold it to a relative at a garage sale. I’ve regretted it ever since. I’ve always wanted an acoustic guitar, so one day, while shopping at one of my favorite stores, Goodwill, wink, wink, I saw an acoustic guitar in a hard case. It was a Yamaha and looked to be in good condition. It was $30.00, my type of price. I bought it and came home with it and hadn’t done anything since for the most part. As this new feeling or desire to play came about, I took the guitar out cleaned it off a bit and tried strumming. I wanted to do more than I’d done in the past, so I ordered an electronic tuner. The guitar had a tuning fork and I had a pitch pipe, but it never seemed to sound very good. After getting the tuner, I was amazed how out of tune the guitar was and how good it sounded when it was done correctly.

Tune in next time and find out what I’ve learned about this Goodwill guitar find.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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Try this sweater of thought on for size and see how it fits you. I was thinking about this today while cutting my grass and raking the leaves (hopefully the last time this season).

Never Quit: Loving life.
Never Quit: Being Courteous.
Never Quit: Being good to one another.
Never Quit: Fighting for what’s right.
Never Quit: Loving.
Never Quit: Allowing yourself to be loved.
Never Quit: Being tough when it’s necessary.
Never Quit: Being gentle when it’s needed.
Never Quit: Taking Chances.
Never Quit: Being silly.
Never Quit: Having fun.
Never Quit: Trying new things.
Never Quit: Remembering how a sense of adventure makes you feel.
Never Quit: Paying attention to small things in life.
Never Quit: Watching a sunset.
Never Quit: Watching a sunrise.
Never Quit: Enjoying the sound of children.
Never Quit: Loving yourself.
Never Quit: Embracing Change.
Never Quit: Keeping yourself fit as much as possible.

I could keep going, but I’m curious what would be on your list. Let me know.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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Ladies and Gentlemen. Everyday miracles happen. Sometimes we see them and most of the time we don’t. In our midst. In our country; a miracle happened in 2011 and it was in view for all of us to see. Her name is Gabrielle Giffords. A U.S. Congresswoman from the state of Arizona.

You remember her story back in January of 2011, while outside a grocery store, preparing to speak to her constituents, she was shot by a lone gun man with some sort of twisted agenda. She was waiting to do a presentation to her and happened to invite a young neighbor girl along that showed some interest in politics. Before she could even get started; tragedy struck.

I don’t want to spend much time on what happened. That atrocity isn’t the miracle. The miracle is that she is still here. Not only is she still here she is living and striving and the personification of a miracle walking, talking and breathing.

She has released a book: Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope
She recently began a tour with the book and spoke to Diane Sawyer of ABC news. One of the adjectives used to describe her was having a never quit attitude. I love it. It is everything that I believe in and promote here through words, video and audio sources.

The piece done by Diane Sawyer is a true testament and shows her courage, grit and tenacity. She has come so far in just a short period of time. Her husband, Mark Kelly began recording her rehabilitation early on and said he did so because he knew she would want to know how it happened. Sadly there were six other people that died during that tragedy, including Christina Taylor-Green, who I spoke about earlier. Her bold endeavor to get back to good health is a true honor to the six that were lost on that day. She is a true inspiration.

One day I would love to interview her for this Blog, so I’m throwing that one to the universe.


Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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I just posted my 50th post on my blog and it happened to be the one on Honor posted for recognizing the soldiers near and far on Veteran’s Day 2011.

This isn’t a large number of posts, but it is always important to recognize accomplishments and milestones however small. It took some years to realize it, but I have always enjoyed writing and this blog has given me a platform to do just that. I’ve enjoyed the comments from some friends and family and some comments from some of my “new” friends who found some usefulness in my words.

Throughout my life I’ve always been a laid back, quiet person and for the longest thought I didn’t have much to say. With the encouragement of my lovely wife Amy, who has been wonderful in helping me on this journey, I decided to take the plunge. I don’t regret it one minute. Amy has helped me realize that I do have something to say and juuuuuust maybe a few people might want to read them. 🙂

I want to thank those of you that have taken time out of your day and read a few of my post. Your concern and interest means a great deal. For those that have taken the time to comment, I appreciate you even more. The fact that you’ve shared some of your insights with me and readers of my blog…words can’t explain my sincerest and most heartfelt thank you.

I look forward to many days, months and years of sharing my thoughts in this new genre of social media. I have enjoyed catching up with friends and family that have been on the periphery of my life in recent times. Now we’re closer and I like that. I look forward to conversing with those new friends that will be strolling by as well.

Thanks again everyone. For everything.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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By six, I’m referring to watching your back, or your rear. Pay attention to possible threats that may be watching but don’t show themselves. If you have a funny feeling like something isn’t quite right, don’t ignore it. Don’t talk yourself out of paying attention to it. It is usually your subconscious picking up on clues that something is wrong even if your conscious mind misses them.

I once sat on a jury of an assault with intent to murder case. A little surprising as a police officer, but the defense ran out of challenges for cause to take me off of the jury. The gist of the case was this: An elderly woman leaves a well known shopping mall here near Flint and proceeds to go home. This was around the holiday time and she had bought some items and took them home with her. Unbeknownst to her a car follows her all the way to her home from the mall; approximately 6 or 7 miles away. As she is getting out and putting her items in her house, this crook, grabs her, assaults her and nearly killed her. This is a horrendous ending to a story that so many people play each and every holiday season in cities all around this country. Cars full of Christmas items and no secure way to transfer them to the house, like an enclosed garage. The truly negative part is her being accosted and nearly killed for some items that probably had no true meaning. Was there a way of her preventing what happened? Perhaps there is.

I will give the answer in the form of a suggestion to those that will be out shopping during the holidays. With the advent of various types of sport utility vehicles; many modern cars don’t have a dedicated trunk where you can secure and hide items from view. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been walking back to my car from a store during early morning Black Friday sales and see car after car, full to the brim with future presents all uncovered in the back of some vehicle. If you have tinted windows in the back of the vehicle that will help a great deal. If you don’t have that, take a blanket or sheet and cover-up your items. A would be thief wouldn’t be able to tell if you have the latest electronic gadgets which would be in high demand or some Christmas trees or ornaments or something that would be significantly less important. Since they couldn’t tell and there are so many targets to choose from it might not be worth their time to play around with your vehicle and possibly get caught. If you can, park a bit out in the parking lot, not right next to the front. Yes I know this will make you have to walk further and does somewhat leave you in an isolated area. My point is that if someone is looking at you as a target and following, it would help to have some relative isolation so that you can see is someone is following you from the store. When you get to the car, glance in the back seat and make sure it is clear. I’m a police officer and usually armed, but I do this all the time.

When you drive home, glance in the rear view mirrors from time to time. Look for more than just traffic that might be going around you or how pretty you look. Look for vehicles that could be following you. Look for things significant or subtle about such a vehicle. Such as the color, make, driver and anything significant about him/her, bumper stickers, anything that may help you remember that vehicle if it’s seen again. If you do get close to home and see a vehicle that is following you, have a plan in place for what to do. Don’t panic, stay calm.

In this scenario I would offer the following suggestions: First, don’t go straight home. You wouldn’t want this person to know where you live. Even if you believe you may be safe at home, if you have an exterior garage or none at all, you leave yourself with many moments where you are extremely vulnerable. If you feel you’re being followed, keep driving down well lit and if possible crowded streets. Make several turns if possible to see if the vehicle keeps following. If they keep following, I would suggest driving straight to the police department or sheriff’s office. If you have a cellular phone you can call them from your car once you’re outside. Either way, this affords you some time while you drive to see if you are truly being followed.

I don’t wish to spread panic about the holidays and all the fun that comes with them. I offer these words as a reminder to protect yourself and watch your back. No one else will as well as you and your safety or the safety of your loved ones is your number one responsibility. Take control of what you can control. Pay attention. Be aware and always be safe.

Always Remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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