Single Serving Pals, A Sport Of Dominoes, And Six Miles In Somebody Else’s Sneakers

Most people all of us meet whereas tenting find yourself being single serving buddies. Those who we work together with for a second in time, after which by no means cross paths once more. Generally, these single serving buddies and a recreation of dominoes can change your life.

Greg, Greg Sr. and Uncle Larry pulled into the campground on Thursday as Loretta and I had been strolling the canine and got here previous their web site. We stated hello to the brand new neighbors like we all the time do and talked a couple of minutes in regards to the cause they had been on the town for just a few days. We exchanged all the identical pleasantries we all the time do, not anticipating the straightforward act of claiming hello to the brand new neighbors to have the influence it did on our lives that day.

Now I’m not going to let you know why they’re on the town, but. As a result of as necessary as that’s, it’s necessary to me that you simply get to know Greg, which is able to assist you perceive the mission he’s on. We introduced the canine again to our web site and allow them to end getting arrange on theirs, and parted methods.

Later that night time Loretta and I had been taking a stroll and got here previous Greg’s web site the place we noticed Greg, Greg Sr., Uncle Larry and our different neighbor Corey sitting on the picnic desk taking part in a recreation of dominoes. I’ve by no means performed the sport earlier than however I all the time wished to be taught so we requested if we might watch them play and had been warmly welcomed to drag up a chair and hang around for the night time.



We spent the remainder of the night time studying the best way to play, seeing how effectively we picked up on the technique of the sport, and laughing as if we had all recognized one another ceaselessly. We sat and talked all night time, mixing classes on the best way to play the sport with the usual The place are you from and the place are you headed conversations that come together with RV Dwelling. In speaking with Greg you’ll be able to really feel the real curiosity within the dialog and the human connection, not simply the standard change of pleasantries in a brand new single serving social circle.

When sharing tales with Greg you’ll be able to hear the thrill he has for assembly new folks alongside his journey and also you come to know why he’s passionate that day-after-day is a present. He shared the story about his second in time that began him on this journey.

I’m not going to inform it, as a result of it isn’t my story to inform. Listening to his story pulled at our coronary heart strings and hit very near dwelling for Loretta and I and we really feel blessed to have heard it and to have met Greg on such a private degree.

Loretta and I had been capable of share a narrative with Greg and relate why what he’s doing is as necessary to us as it’s to him. Our story isn’t going to be shared right here both, perhaps over a beer round a campfire one night time, however in all probability not.

It was late within the night time at this level and we had been all on the point of flip in for the night time, however earlier than parting methods Greg stated “Hey why don’t you guys come stroll with me tomorrow”, and we couldn’t be happier that he did. Greg may have walked over 1700 miles via 25 main cities to assist unfold his message and heat the hearts of the folks he meets alongside the way in which.

Hit The Bricks

Friday morning we jumped within the truck and drove out to Philadelphia to #WalkWithGreg. We met up on the Liberty Bell as our start line for the day and had been joined by a fantastic group of people that had been additionally trying to assist Greg in mission and be part of the staff. We met up with Evan, Angelo, Chris, Elizabeth and Matt who had been all West Level Alumni. It was really an honor to have spent a while with everybody we met that day.

We set out via the town of cohesion on a day the place the temperature can be within the 90’s with 90% humidity, so Greg Sr and Uncle Larry following behind us with the truck and coolers stuffed with water was an absolute blessing. We had been solely capable of push via 6 of Gregs 1700 miles with him earlier than the warmth lastly broke us. Greg didn’t get again to the campground till a number of hours after us as he, Elizabeth and Evan saved on pushing via the warmth and exhaustion.

Greg is on a mission to attempt to finish veteran suicide. Now I do know chances are you’ll be pondering that strolling throughout half the nation isn’t going to vary something. That act in it self in all probability gained’t, however it’s the message that Greg is carrying with him that will.

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You’ll see a person on a mission and if you happen to occur to be fortunate sufficient to cease and chat with him, or run into him at one in every of his talking engagements you’ll find out how he’s making a distinction.

By now now we have all seen the 22 push up problem, which has performed a fantastic deal to lift consciousness for this unlucky scenario the place our service members really feel a lot despair that they really feel suicide is the one reply. Greg has a brand new problem that’s altering the sport.

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Battle Buddy Problem

The Battle Buddy Problem is a straightforward one that each one of us can do for anybody we all know whether or not they’re a veteran or not. The Battle Buddy Problem solely requires a bit little bit of empathy. The identical empathy that we as a society appear to be dropping by dropping that human connection as a result of now we have diminished our interactions with family and friends to simply clicking the like button.

All of us have that pal, or member of the family that we all know could also be having a troublesome time with issues sooner or later of their life. The Battle Buddy Problem is Greg difficult you to be human. Even when it isn’t somebody chances are you’ll be shut too, decide up the cellphone and provides them a name. About something. It doesn’t should be in regards to the “challenge” they’re having. It doesn’t require you to have a level in psychology. It simply requires you to achieve out and say Hello.

Greg’s ardour for his problem is infectious. Simply listening to him discuss it fills you with an brisk felling that you simply gained’t have the ability to describe. It’s one thing all of us can do, and will do. This previous yr ought to have been a lesson for us all that lacking that human connection has an impact on us.

Don’t ship a textual content or an e mail, decide up the cellphone and name.

Hear every others voices. Hear every others laughter. That actual connection has an impact on our feelings and the straightforward reality of understanding somebody was pondering of you and wished to listen to your voice can change your day.

I used to listen to from my brother in regulation virtually every day. I didn’t understand how necessary that was to me till it by no means occurred once more. The times main as much as his funeral had been very tough for me, not simply because I used to be going to one in every of my finest buddies funerals, however as a result of I couldn’t even bear in mind what we talked about that final time he known as. I spent a number of days locked within the jail of my very own thoughts scuffling with that.

Make The Name

It wasn’t till we had been sitting with our household at his companies that it lastly dawned on me. We didn’t discuss something. The identical nothing we talked about virtually day-after-day. We talked about how the truck had a flat tire, and the way one in every of his daughters jumped her bike on the most important ramp ever, and the way my son was driving me loopy this week as a result of he’s identical to Me after we had been his age.

You see its the nothing that we discuss that connects us greater than the massive stuff generally. Simply bullshittin along with your buddy. That human connection.

Jason was good at making the connection. He known as me 99% of the time. I by no means needed to name him, as a result of it was virtually a assure that my cellphone would ring sooner or later and it could be him. It’s been 2 years since we hung up the cellphone for the final time and day-after-day I lengthy for the cellphone to ring along with his voice on the opposite aspect of the decision. I usually marvel if issues would have been completely different if I had picked up the cellphone and known as him for a change. I’ll by no means know, and I’ll by no means be comfortable with that.

In case you settle for Greg’s Battle Buddy Problem, chances are you’ll by no means must be in my footwear, or Gregs.

Make the decision.

Don’t neglect to say hello to your neighbors in your subsequent tenting journey, these single serving buddies may simply change your life.

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