Work That Matters

Good Monday morning. Two days until Fall. Time flies, doesn’t it? In the end, if we’re lucky, we get to take a look back at our lives and ask, “Was I going through the motions or did I passionately do work that matters?” My college friend, Skip Gaskill, has this to say:

Hey Jeff, its been a while.

I spent last week with some very special people helping them formulate “their” plans as they transition from Active Duty back to the civilian world.

I volunteer with a veteren’s transition group that helps our wounded warriors develop life goals and action plans to achieve them.

These young men and women were battered and broken both physically and mentally (paralysis, amputees, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress, loss of sight, hearing, or both, etc.) and still have the desire, courage, fortitude, and determination to overcome these setbacks and the demons that have developed in dealing with them.

My point here is that there are many people in this world who need help setting goals and developing action plans. Many of us have done this for ourselves to varying degrees of success.

I’m asking all of us to consider mentoring someone else (vets, youth, down & out, etc.) do the same…

I can’t sufficiently articulate the emotions you go through when you see someone you guided achieve success especially when they thought they had 0% chance of doing so.

We will all be better off in the long run.

Semper Fi, Skip

Ok, back to my words…

I don’t know about you, but my bar for today’s work has just been raised. Thank you Skip for sharing a private piece of yourself that we didn’t know before.

Paying it back, or paying it forward, we will likely never do enough giving to repay all the recieving we did and will continue to do. Keep on paying anyway. It’s good for your soul.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I believe I will commit to not making a single complaint today.

    I’m not worthy to clean the dirt and sand off the bottom of the shoes these men and women grind into their shoes for the sake of freedom around the world.

    There are those who will never understand the price that is paid daily.

    Skip, you articulated very well.

  2. David, agreed.

    A thankful heart is one of life’s greatest blessings.

    You can be sure you have one when you say the things you do.

    We are not worthy.

    These men and women accept the potential ultimate sacrifice.

    We should be kissing their feet, and then washing them.

  3. Skip: My brother was a Vietnam vet who struggled through PTSD largely on his own for years before he was properly diagnosed. Back then, young soldiers like my brother had to deal with a very different transition. THANK YOU for making a huge difference in their lives.

  4. Mike, I never knew that about your brother.
    Thank you for helping paint the mosaic that reveals the truth – we could not be the United States of America without our service men and women, and their Families.

  5. Mike and all, thank you for kind words.

    Truth of the matter is that men and women from every war have had to deal with living with the stresses of war….i.e. PTSD and like you said it went undiagnosed.

    We have learned from our mistakes and doing a much better job but there is still a major gap…its between separation from service and being picked up by the VA.

    I salute your brother.

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