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Offline PHenry

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My "Tour of Duty " is completed!
« on: January 18, 2016, 12:19:51 PM »
When I came into this thing we call Project Appleseeds, it weren't long before I began to think on how long I would serve. I settled on eight years. It was an easy choice, as that was the duration of the War for Independence and I figured if they could do eight years - so could I (especially since I work only on a one-way range, with plenty rest, food and water).

Well, that time has come to pass. My first event was January of 2007 and I began instructing in early 2008. So, by my simple math I have served my eight year "enlistment", discharging my duty fully.

Trouble is, the ship is not only still sinking, but is clearly sinking faster than when I signed up. How can I conscience abandoning my mission when it is so far from completion? How can I abandon the people I talked into joining me (as most of my early mentors did to me - an utterly crushing disappointment)?

The answer is simple, I cannot abandon either the mission or the "men" standing at my shoulder. I cannot do to my fellow Appleseeders, what my early mentors did to me - walk away and leave them to do my job.

Appleseeding is NOT a hobby to be applied only when it is convenient to do so. We don't call it a "Mission" for fun folks! So where do I go to "re-up"?  O0

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Re: My "Tour of Duty " is completed!
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2016, 01:43:04 PM »
Congratulations on a productive 8 years, my friend.  You are an inspiration to many.
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Re: My "Tour of Duty " is completed!
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2016, 04:56:30 PM »
When I came into this thing we call Project Appleseeds, it weren't long before I began to think on how long I would serve. I settled on eight years. It was an easy choice, as that was the duration of the War for Independence and I figured if they could do eight years - so could I (especially since I work only on a one-way range, with plenty rest, food and water).

Well, that time has come to pass. My first event was January of 2007 and I began instructing in early 2008. So, by my simple math I have served my eight year "enlistment", discharging my duty fully.

Trouble is, the ship is not only still sinking, but is clearly sinking faster than when I signed up. How can I conscience abandoning my mission when it is so far from completion? How can I abandon the people I talked into joining me (as most of my early mentors did to me - an utterly crushing disappointment)?

The answer is simple, I cannot abandon either the mission or the "men" standing at my shoulder. I cannot do to my fellow Appleseeders, what my early mentors did to me - walk away and leave them to do my job.

Appleseeding is NOT a hobby to be applied only when it is convenient to do so. We don't call it a "Mission" for fun folks! So where do I go to "re-up"?  O0

Let's Roll!

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Re: My "Tour of Duty " is completed!
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2016, 08:44:09 PM »
Well said, PHenry.

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Re: My "Tour of Duty " is completed!
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2016, 10:55:59 PM »
Keep up the fine work Sir, and thank you for all you've done and do.. I can relate to your sentiments.. Huzzah to you sir!
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Re: My "Tour of Duty " is completed!
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2016, 02:16:25 AM »

I am pretty sure you just "re-upped" yourself....   O0 :wb: ~~:)

Keep up the good work, because the cause is worthy, and there are many more Americans to ... EDUCATE!  :sos:

I will see you repeating this in another 8 years...

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Re: My "Tour of Duty " is completed!
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2016, 10:07:18 AM »
Huzzah! - Huzzah!! - HUZZAH!!!   PHenry

Love 'ya, my brother..The floggin' will continue till the "MISSION" completed. &)
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