Keeping The Flame Lit

First, I want to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday. It was a great day. Perfect in fact.

No presents, just time with my family. We went to the city that we are retiring (from the military) in and visited family. I felt totally energized afterwards.

And I felt like my flame had gotten stronger. Even though I can’t forsee our future, I know that it will work out. I don’t have a new job yet, but we have plenty of time to not rush anything.

I don’t know the area well, but my wife grew up there. We are surrounded by family and they are stoking our fire. Providing us with unwavering support.

I have not lived and worked in the civilian world in over two decades. But I have faith that it will work out. The flame of confidence and conviction in me is burning bright. I can feel it in every fiber of my body.

The feeling is so overwhelming that you know you are on the right path. Regardless of the obstacles trying to extinguish your flame, you continue to press on. Always protecting your flame.

If you don’t do anything else this weekend, work on your fire. Protect your flame.

What are your plans this weekend to become better? Β How are you going to enrich your flame?


21 thoughts on “Keeping The Flame Lit

  1. Antonio, it sounds like you had an amazing birthday yesterday and your words here show how serene and welcoming you are with the new phase in your life — Your confidence and belief in yourself as to what your future holds is really amazing. I know that everything is going to work out for you because you have a wonderful family who supports you and you have a great self-support system too!
    need to focus on my own path and find out which is the right seems a bit foggy for me right now but I too am confident that soon, I’ll find the right way and it’ll feel great!
    Have an amazing weekend my friend!
    All the best,

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  2. First of all Happy Belated Birthday & thank you for your service! God bless you!!

    How awesome is this space you’re in? “Even though I can’t forsee our future, I know that it will work out. I don’t have a new job yet, but we have plenty of time to not rush anything.” A place of peace void of anxiety is a blessing!

    And this?πŸ‘‰πŸ½ “If you don’t do anything else this weekend, work on your fire. Protect your flame.” Powerful words to live by EVERYDAY!!

    Loved this times a million…


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  3. So glad that you recognize the importance of family time with your kids and wife..cuz when we don’t give them the attention they need, they will go else where to get it…keep up the-great work!

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  4. It’s always so exciting to see how the transition works for people. As we approach the halfway mark of my husbands military career I always want to know what other people do when they transition to the civilian life style. Reading your posts are always so encouraging! I am also glad your birthday was as wonderful as you hopped it was!

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    1. Thank you Trisha! Transiting or retiring is very daunting and much work. But it’s and adventure and something I don’t regret. I knew it was time for me. I plan to write more about the process in a ebook this fall! Yes, my Birthday was great, too! Nothing fancy just simple how I like it! πŸ™‚ have a great Sunday.


  5. Antonio- I wish you the best of luck as you continue to find a suitable job. Your ability to emulate your thoughts through this blog inspires me to continue writing myself, and I can easily see how intelligent you are. I resonate with the metaphor throughout this blog post, and I am going to implement in my life today. Keeping this thought at the forefront of my mind will only prove to encourage myself to remain present in each day.

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    1. Julia thank you so much! I needed your words today. I am just an average Military guy who attended some classes online. I think I became who I am because of my traveling as a child and the military and always reading!

      Can I say that you are a hero! I read your about page and you are an inspiration for many people. Your story needs to be told and spread worldwide! I am definitely a fan and will be following you now!


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