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A Moment in the Life by Embrace-Fate A Moment in the Life :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 8 0 Should I have another cup of coffee? by Embrace-Fate Should I have another cup of coffee? :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 3 2 The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station by Embrace-Fate The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 6 0 Susquehanna River Valley Two by Embrace-Fate Susquehanna River Valley Two :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 5 0 Susquehanna River Valley by Embrace-Fate Susquehanna River Valley :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 5 5 That's a LONG way down. by Embrace-Fate That's a LONG way down. :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 5 0 Lakefront Recreation by Embrace-Fate Lakefront Recreation :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 8 0 Cabin amid the greenery by Embrace-Fate Cabin amid the greenery :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 9 7 Localized Flooding by Embrace-Fate Localized Flooding :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 5 2 Dogs have masters, cats have servants by Embrace-Fate Dogs have masters, cats have servants :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 7 10 A cigar for the groom by Embrace-Fate A cigar for the groom :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 3 0 Well... you can dress him up... by Embrace-Fate Well... you can dress him up... :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 4 0 Inside the lodge by Embrace-Fate Inside the lodge :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 7 9 Home on the range... by Embrace-Fate Home on the range... :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 9 6 When the kid is bad... just kidding by Embrace-Fate When the kid is bad... just kidding :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 2 5 Flotsam and jetsam? by Embrace-Fate Flotsam and jetsam? :iconembrace-fate:Embrace-Fate 3 0

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It was raining, a cold, soaking rain that froze when it struck the tombstones, leaving ice streaks on the stones.  Christmas of 2013 had just passed, and here, the day after, I watched them lower a brother into the ground for his final rest.

We had been more like brothers than anything, thrown together to accomplish a certain task while we served together in the Corps, but that closeness and reliance on one another had built a bond.  His family had left, hell, everyone had left, but I stayed to talk to the "vault guys" as closed up the grave.  Years before, I had worked in the cemetery business and wanted it done right.  My brother was owed that.

So, as the rain sloughed off my dress blue cap- a uniform I thought I would never wear again when I left the Corps in 2012- I had time alone to think.  How did this happen?

In 2006, we had served together and a good mutual friend of ours was lost to drowning of all things, in Iraq.  A flash flood had flipped a vehicle, filling it with water as it turned over and over... a slow, inescapable death.  But us, we weren't there.  We were on mission, elsewhere, unable to help- if that were even possible, I STILL don't know.

Fast forward a few years, and he had left the Corps, was building a family and working construction.  Then the messages started to arrive via FaceBook.  Our friend's widow was hurting- the SGLI had not gone far for her and the kids, and she was in trouble.  A lot of us sent money and helped, as Marines do for each other, but her life had been forever changed by our friend's passing.

Now, my "brother" was not a perfect person.  He had addiction problems, and was quite driven to "martyrdom" from his family and religious upbringing.  He took her pain to heart, blamed himself, and started to drink heavily, and with the WRONG people.  Soon, he was using a variety of drugs, and eventually, his wife had had it.  He was booted out.

Later, in a chemically altered state, he tried to take his children from their mother.  That was the last time I saw or spoke to him, when I prevented that, and faced down a former brother.  He was "not there" in his body, for drugs and pain had usurped his spirit.  On December 22, 2013, they found him in his car... dead of an overdose.  A strong, capable, COMBAT HARDENED Marine... was gone forever.

So, when I left the funeral and came home, I had to think "... why was he gone and not I?  Sure, he had his demons, but... hell... I have mine too..."  Then, I saw my son and knew that I would NEVER follow his path.  I had a light in the darkness, the love of my son.  He didn't see his, for drugs had clouded that light.

Since that time, I have talked to, and talked down, people that were "on the brink."  I have found that "the flickering light in their darkness..." whatever, or whomever it may be, is the one thing that brings us all back from the brink.  I have resolved myself to find that light, or if need be, BE that light, for anyone that needs it.

So, when the world seems to crush you, look for that flickering light.  Cling to it, and move towards it, away from the darkness of the abyss.  And, truly, if you need help, I am sure there are people there to guide your way.  You are not alone, and you are not weak to ask for help.  Suffering in silence helps no one, reach out, share the pain, and find strength in the sharing.

Semper Fidelis

 

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I have seen, and I have done. I remember having the best of intentions, but I lost my way. I hope to find my way again.

I make no allusions to who and what I am. I am loyal to a fault, fiercely protective of family, and do not suffer fools. I like humor, debate, and honest discourse. Dishonesty, presenting opinion as fact, or hypocrisy WILL get you on my "shit list" rather quickly.
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Favorite Literary Quote: (Of these... kudos if you know the source WITHOUT looking it up) 

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3 deviants said It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.
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1 deviant said Give us the wisdom to see the right, the will to chose it, and the strength to make it endure
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1 deviant said Let us assume that you are an idiot. Let us also assume that you are a member of Congress. But, I repeat myself.
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1 deviant said We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars
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1 deviant said There is no stone polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials
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1 deviant said Even extreme grief may ultimately vent itself in violence--but more generally takes the form of apathy
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No deviants said We are strong but for a little while, so that we may help one another
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No deviants said It was the best of times; it was the worst of times...
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No deviants said If we are mark'd to die, we are enough To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
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No deviants said Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world

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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018
Thank you so much for all the new faves!  I hope everything works out for you and yours! :nod: :)
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Thank you so much for the Llama! Please feel yourself invited to take a look at my gallery anytime! Consider checking out my commission info and watching me, so you can get a FREE ticket to my Art Raffle that will be coming this October, and join my Halloween Event for my Watchers here: fav.me/dcng5bn
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
Thank you so much for the faves! :thanks:
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Embrace-Fate Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018
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Vibra-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the favorite

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Embrace-Fate Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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Vibra-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Professional Photographer
Super  Thanks 
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bigzoso Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the favourite!
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Embrace-Fate Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and thank you for the favorites.
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