Grousing Without Complaint

Silhouette of a soldier against the sun.

Healing Along the Road

To “grouse” often means to complain, yet for one combat veteran, he found the word to mean quite the opposite: “This Veteran Found Hunting as Reprieve from PTSD.”

Erik Packard re-connected with his boyhood and re-connected with his life on a Minnesota lake. (Granted, the grouse did not fare as well, but there you have it. I will most definitely leave that controversy to others.)

How striking it is, isn’t it: how the bigness of the world can take our smallness and mold it just into the size that we need.

For many combat veterans, one of their greatest challenges is to find a way to bring a “bigness” back into their lives that will not overwhelm themselves or others, yet that will provide a “fullness” that has become so lacking within them.

Never forget: combat is always big. It can often be thrilling. It is never, however, in any meaningful sense of the word, full.

For those of you seeking such bigness, for those of you who care for someone who seeks that very goal: check out the Outward Bound link below. Look for the bigness that the Earth still can provide. Work to preserve it, just as Erik is so working. The Earth, when asked, will always be more than willing to provide a bigness that does not destroy.

Upon that, you can not only re-connect, but re-build a life.

Go for it.

For you still have what it takes.

Until tomorrow, be well,


To learn more about the 

Voyageur Outward Bound School

And its programs for veterans, click here

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