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  • How to Make a Safer Transition by Taking Risks

    Are You Ready to Do What You Haven’t Done Before?

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Mikeitz – Genesis 41:1-44:17 Even if transition assistance programs did their job, your reintegration into civilian life won't be smooth. You have things to learn. Much can't be taught in a classroom. Other aspects take time. Revising your identity and adapting to how our fellow citizens think doesn’t happen overnight. Civilian life makes another big demand… How to Make a Safer Transition by Taking Risks

    Accept You’ll Have a Bumpy Transition

    You know the road to reintegration will have some bumps. You made sacrifices in the military. Civilian life has hard choices too. You’ll still face the tradeoff between time with your family and professional advancement. Though well on in years, Jacob had to start a new life. In Parshas Mikeitz he faced a gut-wrenching decision:

    “Take your brother,

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  • How to Have the Civilian Life You Want

    Are You Getting in Your Own Way?

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    Zig Ziglar, the famous motivational coach, tells a story about when he decided to lose weight. He started running. He ran in hot weather and cold, rain and shine. I’ve followed his example. Years ago while at Camp Fuji in January I ran ON the snow. Earlier this week, I ran IN it. That’s what you do when you’re a runner. You run… How to Have the Civilian Life You Want

    The 3 Facets of Your Identity

    Military people, especially reservists, cycle their identities on a regular basis. We all start out as civilians. When we join the military, we gain a new purpose. Our service branch turns us into a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, or Airman. We adopt the mission of defending our nation. The challenge comes when your service ends. A military identity doesn't work in Read More
  • How to Make Your Dreams Come True

    Do You Know the 2 Steps to Fulfilling Your Dream?

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Yayeishev – Genesis 37:1-40:23 When you decided to leave military service did you dream of a better life? Did your vision include a great job or starting a business? Most veterans dream of having more family time. Vacations and unfettered pursuit of a hobby are on most people’s agendas. But setbacks cause many veterans to give up. They conclude their dreams won’t come true… How to Make Your Dreams Come True

    Dreams Don't Look Inevitable Until They Come True

    Scientists don’t have a good understanding of the images, ideas, emotions, and sensations we experience when dreaming. They know they occur mainly during the REM stage of sleep. But like with many phenomena, they can't explain why dreams happen or what they mean. The dreams we create for Read More
  • Do You Have a Crusader for Your Transition?

    How to Crush Your Own Resistance

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    Cold weather has come to Germany. Temperatures often drop to the low 30s. The application of tissue after tissue to my runny nose has made it look like Rudolph’s. So while on a trip to Heidelberg last week with my redeployers, I decided to get some soft cotton handkerchiefs… Do You Have a Crusader for Your Transition_

    A Small Quest with Big Implications

    Heidelberg has at least two claims to fame. One of the oldest universities in the world calls it home. And it has the Philosophenweg , the Philosophers’ Way. For four centuries, professors and students have climbed this path, contemplating life’s great questions. Spectacular views of the Nektar River punctuate the first twenty-five minutes walking up steep steps. Another two hours of walking consumed all my tissues. But I figured it would be easy to find handkerchiefs. Read More
  • Has Searching for Employment Made You Angry?

    How to Stay Calm Throughout Your Job-Hunt

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Vayishlach - Genesis 32:4-36:43 No one I’ve met has had a hassle-free transition. Plans fall apart. People who said they’d help don't come through. Sometimes even the simplest task seems impossible to complete. You start to feel abused. Irritation soars. Some veterans redline. Unable to tough it out any longer, they explode… How to Stay Calm Throughout Your Job-Hunt

    When Frustration Boils Over

    People can appreciate the frustration that comes from transitioning to civilian life. Whereas, they may not know the specific issues you face. They’ve been vexed by their own. But Parshas Vayishlach shows they’re less likely to forgive an angry outburst:

    “And they [Simeon and Levi] said, ‘Should he treat our sister like a harlot?’” ( Bereshis /Genesis 34:31)

    Shechem abducted and raped Jacob’s daughter Dinah. Then he begged Read More
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