Monthly Archives: November 2011

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

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

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

I saw this picture on facebook the other day but I was unable to find it again. I did locate it on Snopes.com. As we go through our regular lives and enjoy sports, our favorite foods, weekends and so many other things, I think of the men and women in uniform. Not just on this day set aside to honor them but always. They move towards the sound of the guns when so many others go the other way.

They give us the freedom to enjoy all the above and more. We owe them a debt of gratitude and honor the sacrifice of them and their families.

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

 

Jeffrey Washington

NeverQuitEver

In the past few days you’ve probably heard the stories of the former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky who allegedly molested at least 8 boys while coaching at the school and shortly after he retired in 1999. Long time coach, Joe Paterno, who had planned to retire at the end of the season amidst all the controversy was fired by the Board of Trustees. Remaining on the staff is assistant coach Mike McCreary who observed the molestation of a 10 year old boy. I wondered what type of molestation they were speaking of. I’m not making the assumption that there are acceptable degrees of abuse but I was curious what happened. Apparently Coach McCreary was allegedly witnessed this boy being sodomized.

I listened to radio shows discussing this throughout the last couple of days and I have to say it made me more and more angry. There have been riots near the Campus of Penn State University by supporters of Coach Paterno. Where are the people in a rage over what happened to the young boys. As I said in the title it is our moral responsibility to protect those that can’t protect themselves. Apparently after witnessing the sodomy, McCreary went home and told his father and later reported Sandusky to Coach Paterno, who reported the incident up the chain of command. No one called the police from the school. They all took care of it in house.

The Huffington Post has a very detailed timeline of the events and I’ll let you refer to that for more specifics: Click Here

This was completely difficult to write about although I thought it would be cathartic. It wasn’t. I’m truly disgusted and disappointed. Some of the mothers of the boys reported inappropriate contact, regarding Sandusky, but there seems to be nothing from officials from the school. So many people dropped the ball that if it was a football game there would have been no game. You can’t play a game without a ball. How did the protection of these children come second to a game. Now I love watching football and college football is one of my favorite spectator sports, but it doesn’t give us permission to abdicate our responsibilities as men and women. As mothers and fathers. As moral adults. It hurts to know that there are people in the world like this that will prey on innocent children. And sadly there are those people that will do little to protect the young ones. They worry more about their reputations and little about the effect it will have on the remainder of such a young life.

Often when I am at work, I ask myself when I think of who we are protecting what does that person look like. In my mind we protect the children and the elderly. The children have their entire lives ahead of them. Lives that can flourish and have endless possibilities. The elderly because most of them have more than paid their dues. The have wisdom and a vulnerability that is gentle and prickly all at the same time. I love them because they have long moved being pretentious. What you see is what you get. I know there are exception, but in general this is the type of person I often come in contact with. Children have a similar quality to them. They have no pretensions as well because they haven’t learned them yet.

I guess there isn’t much else for me to say on this topic. Like I said earlier the whole thing disgusts me I can’t say it’s any easier to write about. Be good to each other and protect the innocent. They are depending on you.

 

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

 

 

Jeffrey Washington

NeverQuitEver

 

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