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Crowd Behaved Rudely In A Military Memorial, A Brave Soldier Taught Them A Lesson

Crowd Behaved Rudely In A Military Memorial, A Brave Soldier Taught Them A Lesson

Most people want to do their job well. This desire is instilled in us from youth. We are taught to do our best in everything we do whenever possible. Commitment to excellence and having a strong work ethic are qualities essential not only for our success in life, but for developing strength of character and a sense of integrity.

The Sentinel Creed

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    Photo: (Twitter) Airborne Infantry

    Sentinel soldiers or Tomb Guards, which stand watch at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, epitomize excellence and take pride in the work they do. These hand-picked guards spend countless hours in intensive training for 12 months before they ever set foot on the hallowed grounds in an official capacity. They are taught the importance of what they do and not only serve but live their lives according to the Sentinel Creed, which makes the actions of one particular Tomb Guard exceptional and ordinary at the same time.

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    Beyond the call of duty

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      Tomb Guard silences the crowd when he requests silence and respect

      On this particular day, the soldier was performing his Tomb Guard duties with the excellence and solemness expected and required, when he heard laughing and lighthearted chatter in the crowd. In ceremonious fashion, he stopped, did an about face and addressed the crowd. Using an authoritative voice, while still maintaining a stoic posture he asked the crowd to remain silent and respectful while at the tomb. The chatting and giggling stopped instantly. He could have ignored the crowd as soldiers are frequently taught to do when in an official capacity. But his commitment to excellence, respect for the fallen and dedication to live out his creed forced him to go beyond the call of duty and demand the well-earned reverence these fallen soldiers deserve.

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      A hero among heroes

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        Photo: Tony Fischer on Flickr

        That day, this young soldier became a hero to so many. News of his actions coupled with this video went viral. Veterans and patriots across the nation cheered the bravery this soldier displayed. He demanded respect for the heroes that fought so hard for our right to live in a free and enterprising nation. He stood among heroes…and in that moment, he became one of them.

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        Last Updated on January 18, 2019

        7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

        7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

        Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

        But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

        If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

        1. Limit the time you spend with them.

        First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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        In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

        Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

        2. Speak up for yourself.

        Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

        3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

        This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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        But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

        4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

        Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

        This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

        Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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        5. Change the subject.

        When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

        Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

        6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

        Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

        I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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        You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

        Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

        7. Leave them behind.

        Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

        If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

        That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

        You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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