Hitting the Wall

February 19, 2009 · Filed Under Deployment, LAW, Military Parents, National Guard Parents 

You hit the wall… it’s just too much and it’s never going to end. The tension, the stress – it’s all too much right now… you just yelled at your sister, your best friend is fed up with listening to you, and your spouse has decided to take a long walk every night after dinner. You sit and obsessively watch the news and pace the floor, or you refuse to have a radio or TV on at all… What is this mess??? Welcome to the wall- the deployment wall. We all hit it – the days drag by and you really cannot figure out why you are so unhappy all the time, the calendar stubbornly refuses to turn over, the clock MUST have stopped…

Yes, the funk has hit. Now, you can, if you want, sit around in your ratty sweats or  bathrobe all day; drag yourself to work and make yourself the most unpopular person in the building when you snap the head off the poor receptionist; obsess over the lack of  email, or the missed phone call – OR- you can get off your butt and do something…

In my case – I did all of the above!  and when I was sitting in my nest of papers/books on the couch in front of the TV – I realized this was just not healthy.  That conclusion was bolstered when I got out of the sweats and tried on real clothes – hmmm. all that food, no exercise – bad news on the scale.  So – giving myself a really good metaphorical butt kicking, I got to doing!  A friend and I decided that we’d get a project moving – and what a doozy it was.  She got a printer friend to print up some Thanksgiving greeting cards that could be colored – and then we started calling and emailing local teachers at elementary schools.  We sent the blanks out and the kids colored, wrote letters etc.  over 3,000 cards!  when we got them back, they were mailed to the various chaplains attached to our unit and handed out at their Thanksgiving festivities.

We were told that the troops really loved them, gave them a good chuckle.  So – if you are in the Funk – St. Patrick’s day is coming up!  know a troop who could use a laugh?  know a local elementary school?  Well – there ya go!

Tell us how YOU got over hitting the wall —–



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