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Adaptation is What Rangers do Best! Tanktimus Deals With a New Schedule

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4 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Aww man, that sounds bad, hope you'll be able to prevent the work changes from happening! 

It's not so much about preventing the changes, but steering the changes so they are good for us instead of not good. Instead of just coming out and saying no to everything, I want to negotiate a win win for everyone.

2 hours ago, Shadri said:

I’m glad you’re trying to not dwell in those unhappy feelings... but I’m sorry that the situation merits unhappy feelings in the first place. I hope you are able to talk to someone about it and make some good changes. 

I have talked to several people, and the sermon today at church was perfect for what I was going through.

2 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Sorry about the work problems. Praying for wisdom for you as you talk to the people, and that they will be able to hear what you are saying

Thanks.

1 hour ago, deftona said:

Urgh I hope you can talk sense into those people :( 

They are sensible people, and they are trying to help in their own way, it's just that they don't see things from my perspective, not out of malice or negligence, but because I need to articulate my position to them. It's one of those things where they don't know what they don't know. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm seeing this as an issue for all parties involved to work together for mutual understanding.

1 hour ago, scalyfreak said:

 

Maybe you should pray for wisdom for the ones Tanktimus is going to talk to as well? Obviously if they had wisdom they would be listening to him. ;) 

 

@Tanktimus the Encourager, I send hope for patience, and for the ability to persuade, in your meetings to come.

Thank you very much.

31 minutes ago, BardicGarlic said:

Following for a good example. 

I'll do my best :) 

6 minutes ago, Elastigirl said:

:smile-new: Yes , that is what I meant when I said that they would listen to him. Not just that they would hear his words, but they would understand what he was saying and what his frustrations were, ad they would have wisdom. Because obviously Tank is wise and we all agree with him:friendly_wink:

To be fair, it's reasonable for them to want me to understand what I am saying as well.

6 minutes ago, scalyfreak said:

 

Obviously.

:D 

 

I feel a lot better now, as I hinted at above. I have reframed the situation in my mind as one where we just need to communicate with each other. I need to understand where my bosses are coming from and they need to understand where I am coming from then we can all use our considerable diplomacy and problem solving skills (all three of us are chaplains after all, and each skilled in our own rights) to come up with something that will be a win for everyone. 

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Or to rephrase that rephrase: you get to nerd out with fellow chaplains about problem solving, social skills & counceling - Whoo hoo!

But probably leave the ‘beatin’ stick at home

*hugs* all around - patience will be thine!


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5 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

It's not so much about preventing the changes, but steering the changes so they are good for us instead of not good. Instead of just coming out and saying no to everything, I want to negotiate a win win for everyone.

 

5 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I feel a lot better now, as I hinted at above. I have reframed the situation in my mind as one where we just need to communicate with each other. I need to understand where my bosses are coming from and they need to understand where I am coming from then we can all use our considerable diplomacy and problem solving skills (all three of us are chaplains after all, and each skilled in our own rights) to come up with something that will be a win for everyone. 

Wise as usual. I'll add my prayers to the others' for you and your chaplain colleagues, to have wisdom, patience and understanding, so that things can be worked out in a mutually beneficial way.

*hugs*

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6 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I feel a lot better now, as I hinted at above. I have reframed the situation in my mind as one where we just need to communicate with each other. I need to understand where my bosses are coming from and they need to understand where I am coming from then we can all use our considerable diplomacy and problem solving skills (all three of us are chaplains after all, and each skilled in our own rights) to come up with something that will be a win for everyone. 

I was ready to throw tomatoes at your bosses, but I guess I'll hang on to them until after you have this conversation.

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14 hours ago, NicTheRugger said:

The only way to do things, really! I do hope things get better at work for you!

Thanks.

9 hours ago, darkfoxx said:

Or to rephrase that rephrase: you get to nerd out with fellow chaplains about problem solving, social skills & counceling - Whoo hoo!

But probably leave the ‘beatin’ stick at home

*hugs* all around - patience will be thine!


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I don't think any of us will need Whackum sticks for the meeting.

9 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

 

Wise as usual. I'll add my prayers to the others' for you and your chaplain colleagues, to have wisdom, patience and understanding, so that things can be worked out in a mutually beneficial way.

*hugs*

Thanks!

8 hours ago, fleaball said:

I was ready to throw tomatoes at your bosses, but I guess I'll hang on to them until after you have this conversation.

I think they're trying to help, they are just doing so in ways that work best for them. If I don't communicate, they can't know how those changes would negatively impact me. I reminded myself over the weekend they are not evil people, the situation simply required more communication.

7 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Nicely reframed. Good call to do that before the meeting. :) 

Yeah, I had planned to say words like that no matter what happened, fortunately now I sincerely mean them as well.

40 minutes ago, KB Girl said:

Hope it works out! Impressive change of perspective in such a short period of time. 

 

That's an intense circuit with a 12kg bell! 

It is. I don't get all the reps in for each set, though I do get some reps in for each set. As I indicated, I'm almost to full reps on the first round (it's those reverse lunges I'm still building up).

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I told myself I would take a break from the forums during zero week because I am spinning too many plates.   I did not think, that you'd be on PAGE FIVE by the proper start day!   Page 3 yes... that's normal Tank rules 'round here.  But five!?

 

Thankfully, I know some stuff based on other means of scrying!  SO SUPER CONGRATS ON THAT! 

 

For the rest of it, I will be here as of now and try and catch up as new info is presented.   I'm super behind on following peeps, and I think I just need to start today, and not try to accumulate a weeks worth of info from everyone I typically follow lol.

 

(Recognizing bandwidth and adjusting to it, is a Tanktimus Approved Strategy!™)

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53 minutes ago, Starpuck said:

I told myself I would take a break from the forums during zero week because I am spinning too many plates.   I did not think, that you'd be on PAGE FIVE by the proper start day!   Page 3 yes... that's normal Tank rules 'round here.  But five!?

 

Thankfully, I know some stuff based on other means of scrying!  SO SUPER CONGRATS ON THAT! 

 

For the rest of it, I will be here as of now and try and catch up as new info is presented.   I'm super behind on following peeps, and I think I just need to start today, and not try to accumulate a weeks worth of info from everyone I typically follow lol.

 

(Recognizing bandwidth and adjusting to it, is a Tanktimus Approved Strategy!™)

^^this. I'll try to keep up but no promises!

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1 hour ago, Starpuck said:

I told myself I would take a break from the forums during zero week because I am spinning too many plates.   I did not think, that you'd be on PAGE FIVE by the proper start day!   Page 3 yes... that's normal Tank rules 'round here.  But five!?

 

Thankfully, I know some stuff based on other means of scrying!  SO SUPER CONGRATS ON THAT! 

 

For the rest of it, I will be here as of now and try and catch up as new info is presented.   I'm super behind on following peeps, and I think I just need to start today, and not try to accumulate a weeks worth of info from everyone I typically follow lol.

 

(Recognizing bandwidth and adjusting to it, is a Tanktimus Approved Strategy!™)

Proud of you for taking time for yourself, and thank you :) 

1 hour ago, miss_marissa said:

^^this. I'll try to keep up but no promises!

Glad to have you!

12 minutes ago, EricMN said:

So. Is this where all the cool kids are? Also, how much food porn do I have to be wary of in this thread?

Yes, it is. I'm cooking more amounts of food in less batches, so the quality is the same, but the frequency is less.

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13 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Nicely reframed. Good call to do that before the meeting. :) 

 

Agreed. I shall learn from this example and start doing this with my meetings as well.

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On 2/11/2019 at 2:27 PM, scalyfreak said:

 

Agreed. I shall learn from this example and start doing this with my meetings as well.

It helps.

On 2/12/2019 at 12:56 AM, Big_Show said:

Following! Forgot there was a new challenge now...

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It's easy to do when you are hanging out in Battle Log Land.

 

I haven't updated in a while. There hasn't been a workout since Friday, the plan is Kettlebells today. I've cooked a couple of times, nothing I haven't made before. I got a call from my supervisor yesterday about the changes I have mentioned. I don't want to go into much detail, so I'll simply say things weren't as open to negotiation as I thought. My supervisor apologized for miscommunication on that end.  I have no recourse but to try and have the best attitude I can about the situation. Sulking about it and dwelling on what I am unhappy about will only hurt me. I know if I let myself focus on it I'll become disengaged and start doing my work poorly, and I deserve better than that. It also helps that I have worked to have a nuanced understanding of the situation. No one is attempting to hurt me, and the decisions made that led to things I'm not excited about were made with far larger things in mind than one chaplain's situation. There are positives to focus on with the changes, and so for my own wellbeing that's what I'm going to dwell on. Last week I was angry. This week I was disappointed and sad, which makes choosing to focus on the positives easier. I want to be a person who chooses to make the best out of things. The only thing over which I have complete control is how I choose to respond to my circumstances, and I will not let my circumstances defeat me. I am a servant of the most High God. I bring hope to the hopeless, love to the forsaken, I speak truth to lies and I shine light in the darkness. I choose not to sink into despair. I am not abandoned or forsaken, nor will I ever be. In addition to the creator of the universe, I am blessed with an incredible wife who has been so helpful. I am blessed with an incredible church that has enveloped and loved me through this. I also believe the Rebellion is a blessing from God, and I want to thank you all for your support.

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1 hour ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

the decisions made that led to things I'm not excited about were made with far larger things in mind than one chaplain's situation

This is certainly understandable.  I certainly hope these changes end up being an unexpected blessing for you in some way.

 

I'm still going to keep my Whackum stick handy for the time being, though, just in case :) 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

The only thing over which I have complete control is how I choose to respond to my circumstances, and I will not let my circumstances defeat me. 

 

This has been my literal motto for the past... 1, 2 years?  You can totally do this.  I BELIEVE IN YOU A WHOLE FRICKTON!!!!!!

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10 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

This is certainly understandable.  I certainly hope these changes end up being an unexpected blessing for you in some way.

 

I'm still going to keep my Whackum stick handy for the time being, though, just in case :) 

 

 

I appreciate the thought, but the Whackum stick won't help in this case. 

8 hours ago, shaar said:

 

This has been my literal motto for the past... 1, 2 years?  You can totally do this.  I BELIEVE IN YOU A WHOLE FRICKTON!!!!!!

THANK YOU! A WHOLE FRICKTON is an excellent unit of measurement.

 

Today is a good day. I had a sad this morning, so I let it happen. I was also extremely sleepy most of the day. I did get to the substation and meet with roll calls. I also got in a kettlebell workout, which I desperately needed. In addition, it was sunny, so I stood outside in the sun for about 20 minutes which also helped. No cooking, as I was too sleepy to be productive in the kitchen.

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2 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Today is a good day. I had a sad this morning, so I let it happen. I was also extremely sleepy most of the day. I did get to the substation and meet with roll calls. I also got in a kettlebell workout, which I desperately needed. In addition, it was sunny, so I stood outside in the sun for about 20 minutes which also helped. No cooking, as I was too sleepy to be productive in the kitchen.

 

Idk about you but I’m infinitely more likely to have a sad if I’m tired. I’m glad the exercise and sunshine helped. :) 

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20 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I want to be a person who chooses to make the best out of things. The only thing over which I have complete control is how I choose to respond to my circumstances, and I will not let my circumstances defeat me

Sometimes you come to a Tank thread to laugh or get hungry.  Other times you come to a Tank thread because in the course of his update he's going to say exactly what you need to hear for yourself.  I feel this so hard right now.  Sorry there wasn't much room for negotiation, but I'm sure whatever the situation is, you'll make the best if it because that seems to be the kind of person you are.  And we've got you back!

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Wow, okay, so I missed many things lol 

 

CONGRATS ON THE LITTLE ONE!! That's such exciting news! I wish you both health and good tidings in this journey. 

 

I'm sorry to hear that things at work aren't ideal, but I think you have the right mindset going into this. Control what you are able, and make do as best you can with those you can't. You got this, Tank!

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On 2/13/2019 at 9:25 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I I want to be a person who chooses to make the best out of things. The only thing over which I have complete control is how I choose to respond to my circumstances, and I will not let my circumstances defeat me. I am a servant of the most High God. I bring hope to the hopeless, love to the forsaken, I speak truth to lies and I shine light in the darkness. I choose not to sink into despair.

 

Rangers do not get defeated - they adapt and overcome. 

 

the-day-may-come-when-the-courage-of-men

 

As always, I agree with Tank (TM) on his own thread, about himself.  This seems somewhat meta...

 

yo-dawg-i-heard-you-like-meta-humor-so-i

 

I hope things get better soon.

 

 

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11 hours ago, Shadri said:

 

Idk about you but I’m infinitely more likely to have a sad if I’m tired. I’m glad the exercise and sunshine helped. :) 

Thanks. The tired for sure contributed. After the workout I just felt tired :) 

4 hours ago, Stribs said:

Sometimes you come to a Tank thread to laugh or get hungry.  Other times you come to a Tank thread because in the course of his update he's going to say exactly what you need to hear for yourself.  I feel this so hard right now.  Sorry there wasn't much room for negotiation, but I'm sure whatever the situation is, you'll make the best if it because that seems to be the kind of person you are.  And we've got you back!

Thank you, the support of NF is super important to me.

18 minutes ago, RuthixCube said:

Wow, okay, so I missed many things lol 

 

CONGRATS ON THE LITTLE ONE!! That's such exciting news! I wish you both health and good tidings in this journey. 

 

I'm sorry to hear that things at work aren't ideal, but I think you have the right mindset going into this. Control what you are able, and make do as best you can with those you can't. You got this, Tank!

Thank you for that, we are excited about baby Tank. 

11 minutes ago, Moros said:

 

Rangers do not get defeated - they adapt and overcome. 

As always, I agree with Tank (TM) on his own thread, about himself.  This seems somewhat meta...

 

 

 

I hope things get better soon.

 

 

Me too. I also hope I learn as much as I possible can from all this, so this has some meaning and purpose.

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On ‎2‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 6:25 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

It helps.

It's easy to do when you are hanging out in Battle Log Land.

 

I haven't updated in a while. There hasn't been a workout since Friday, the plan is Kettlebells today. I've cooked a couple of times, nothing I haven't made before. I got a call from my supervisor yesterday about the changes I have mentioned. I don't want to go into much detail, so I'll simply say things weren't as open to negotiation as I thought. My supervisor apologized for miscommunication on that end.  I have no recourse but to try and have the best attitude I can about the situation. Sulking about it and dwelling on what I am unhappy about will only hurt me. I know if I let myself focus on it I'll become disengaged and start doing my work poorly, and I deserve better than that. It also helps that I have worked to have a nuanced understanding of the situation. No one is attempting to hurt me, and the decisions made that led to things I'm not excited about were made with far larger things in mind than one chaplain's situation. There are positives to focus on with the changes, and so for my own wellbeing that's what I'm going to dwell on. Last week I was angry. This week I was disappointed and sad, which makes choosing to focus on the positives easier. I want to be a person who chooses to make the best out of things. The only thing over which I have complete control is how I choose to respond to my circumstances, and I will not let my circumstances defeat me. I am a servant of the most High God. I bring hope to the hopeless, love to the forsaken, I speak truth to lies and I shine light in the darkness. I choose not to sink into despair. I am not abandoned or forsaken, nor will I ever be. In addition to the creator of the universe, I am blessed with an incredible wife who has been so helpful. I am blessed with an incredible church that has enveloped and loved me through this. I also believe the Rebellion is a blessing from God, and I want to thank you all for your support.

Very good things to remember. I'm sorry that you have to deal with this though

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On 2/13/2019 at 7:25 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I am not abandoned or forsaken, nor will I ever be. In addition to the creator of the universe, I am blessed with an incredible wife who has been so helpful. I am blessed with an incredible church that has enveloped and loved me through this. I also believe the Rebellion is a blessing from God, and I want to thank you all for your support.

 

Situations like these is why we have spouses and friends. Sure, we love their company and we enjoy the good times, we appreciate their jokes and and we thrive on the mutual love and friendship we have for each other. But the real reason we spend all those positive times strengthening those relationships is so that, when life gives us that metaphorical kick in the teeth and we are in desperate need of support and/or reinforcements, they are there for us for no other reason than because we need them.

 

You are blessed indeed. :)

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