Editorial: 1000 Yard Stare (Military Technique)..

Wed, 9th April, 2008

Donny GoinesThis was a technique I learned in the military. When we would stand in formation we would have to be absolutely still, you couldn’t even make facial expressions. At first, this was one of the most difficult challenges that I faced in boot camp (anybody who knows me, knows that I’m always smiling) and it was hard to do. When the Drill instructor would get in my face I couldn’t help but to laugh.

What he told me was that you have to learn to look “past” whatever you are faced with, and that’s what this technique was used for essentially. I still use it to this day.

Right now my sights are locked in. Everything else in front of me mines as well be invisible because I don’t see it. All I see right at this moment is the completion of my album. There is really nothing else on my mind except that. When I sleep, wake up, during the day, etc. this is all I think about. Nothing else matters to me except accomplishing my main goal right now.

I’ve put everything else aside so I can concentrate 100% on this task. This album to me represents many things to me, but most of all it represents why I’ve worked so hard for the past two years. This is what I’ve dreamed about ever since I’ve started and truthfully, even tho I’m not in the most ideal position but I’ll be damned if I let that stop me now. I can see it past the problems, past the difficulties, past the stress and past any other obstacle that may hinder me. I can see the finished product already.

PC3 Williams. This was name and rank of my instructor at boot camp. He taught me many valuable lessons, not only about the military but also in life as well. The 1000 yard stare has gotten through many hurdles in life and I’m sure this situation will be no different. I just have to look past everything in my way.

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