support YOUR troops

friends are cool, right? at least in your opinion. they could be total geeks, but if you get along great with geeks...then you think they're cool. chances are they think your cool, too. you've heard it before: "friendship is a two way road." well you know what happens on two way crashes, road kill, potholes, broke down cars, slow farm tractors, getting pulled over by the cops...bad things can happen. bare with me here, i promise i'm getting to what i believe to be a "cool point."

lately (mostly since i started this blog) i've noticed how good i feel when people actual make an effort to let me know that they support what i do by giving me words of affirmation. "hey tony, good job on that run." "wow look great." "tony, your blog is the best thing i've read since the Bible." "dude..tony...i want to be you." ('s not quite like that, but you get what i'm saying.) and of course when someone would tell me i'm doing a good job or doing something cool before i'd always feel good, but lately it's been different. not sure why, but it has. maybe that's what changes when you turn 25?

all i'm saying is that it's awesome when someone who you may know well, or barely know at all, goes out of their way to say good job to you for something you're doing. i think to myself, "you didn't have to say that to me...why did you say that? you obviously actually mean it, right?" i believe the answer to be "yes" in majority of cases. if someone were to come up to you and say "good job" or "keep up the good work" and later you find out they were just being facetious you should slap them in the head (don't really do that, maybe the infamous stink eye will suffice.)

so go and support your troops. all of your friends and loved ones who are doing something that's worth a "good job" or an "attaboy" (i guess "attaperson" would be more p.c. these days) deserve to hear it! the coolest part about doing something good for someone else is the feeling you get from it. it's scientifically proven that chemicals are released in your body that give you a good feeling after doing something good. that's actually true...not just me being obnoxious. ask emily, she's a psychology major. maybe even a cooler thing than that (it's a tie between this and the first cool thing) is that the person who receives the verbal support will be more apt to tell someone else they know that they're doing a great job at something because they know how boss it felt to hear it from you. and then they'll tell 10 friends, and they'll tell 10 friends, and they'll tell 10 friends, and they'll tell 10 friends, and they'll tell 10 friends...... should still support our troops, too. you, the soldiers. they are awesome and don't receive enough credit for what they do.


  1. Klove, radio station - don't know if you have it by you. Anyway, they do this thing called Make a Difference Monday - pay for the person behind you in the toll both or at the drive thru window. I thought about getting a roll of quarters and going to Aldi and standing out there giving everyone who comes up a quarter to get their cart and tell them to keep it, to do the same for someone else. It's not much and it's something I'd do for strangers...I think it would still have the same effect. Of course, they'd probably wonder what the catch is, and, of course, there would only be "Pay if Forward." Which is a great movie, by the way. The message in that movie is excellent and we should all try to pay it forward - just like you're saying.

  2. Sorry for the double post, but since your subject is Support Your Troops, even if it's not really referring to the ones fighting for our freedom, here's another great idea: Operation Christmas Cards: