Out and About – Week of March 25th

I think most of us find ourselves depressed at one time or another. Maybe it stems from financial problems, or the loss of a friend or family member. If we’re lucky, the depression is short-lived. I’d like to share some words of encouragement from Barry Palmer, a Past International President of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization. Lion Barry said, “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. Trust the process. Don’t rush. The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit. Change takes time.” Barry is from Australia, and Australians seem to have a positive outlook on life in general. Michael J. (Crocodile) Dundee was quoted as saying, “No worries.” Not bad advice from a man from down under. I can’t recall who performed the song, but it also deserves mentioning. “Don’t worry, be happy”.

Lately, I’ve experienced my share of sleepless nights. I’m usually reminded that if it’s not a life or death situation, the heck with it. All I need to do is heed the advice that I’ve just shared with you.

Eating clocks can be quite time consuming.

I grocery shop at just about every grocery store in the Three Rivers area. It all depends on what I need and where I am when I need a particular item. I don’t remember the first time I noticed them, but the Meijer store has rubber mats outside their doors that have bumps on them. Reminds me of those ribbed sections of the highways that serve as reminders that you are crossing the center-line or getting too close to the edge of the highway. I wondered what the purpose was of having those mats between the doors and the traffic lane. I finally realized that they were there for those shoppers who were sight or hearing challenged. They would be warned of an approaching traffic lane. Drivers are cautioned to either slow down or stop as they approach the store’s doors. It’s all about safety. Pedestrians and drivers should proceed with caution around these entrances.

A big shout out to my fingers. I can always count on them.

Here are six things that might be worth thinking about:

What if your dog only brings back the ball because he thinks you like throwing it?
Do twins ever realize that one of them was unplanned?
Why is the letter “W”, in English, called “Double U”? Shouldn’t it be called “Double V”?
Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.
The word “Swims” upside-down is still “Swims”.
Intentionally losing a game of “Rock – Paper – Scissors” is just as hard as trying to win.
Ronald Reagan was one of those Presidents that just about everyone respected. I’ll wrap up this week’s column with a quote on freedom from the man who hosted the “GE Theater” on Sunday evenings. This was before the day of Reality TV. The Gipper was quoted as saying, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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