Whenever this columnist questions life, she just takes a gander at this wall hanging. (Linda Moody photo)

Life’s Reflections: ‘What ifs’ are baffling

Life's Reflections: Linda Moody's Weekly Column

Maybe it’s just the sleepless nights or the coming of a new year, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what life has to offer.

Or maybe I have just too much time on my hands.

Nonetheless, the “what ifs” have me wondering if others and I can become better people.

Maybe while I’m trying to figure out people, they are trying to figure me out. Who knows?

My biggest thoughts lately have centered around these types of thoughts:What if:

  • we could keep our memories intact without fear of ever losing them?
  • everyone had a good work ethic?
  • our loved ones could live on forever?
  • we could stay healthy all of our lives?
  • everyone told the truth?
  • there were more highs than lows in our lives?
  • we could eat, but not overeat, some foods that would warm our souls?
  • all true relationships could flourish?
  • we didn’t give up on anyone?
  • Mother Nature gave us the type of weather we wanted?
  • we could stay strong through every crisis?
  • we could wake up each morning with a new energy instead of another new pain?
  • children would never have to be abused but loved?
  • abusive relationships didn’t exist?
  • people would trust and respect one another?
  • there was no bullying?
  • we could tolerate other people’s downfalls?
  • we would live a crime-free life?’
  • our loved ones (family, friends, neighbors) know they are loved by us?
  • growing older would take longer?

On the other hand, I have to realize, it would be a boring world if everyone acted, looked and felt the same.
I guess, we will just have to take what life has thrown at us and hope all is well.

For me, I am glad I grew up in the right era, with the greatest parents and other family members and had the opportunity to do what I love best…write.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Evelyn “Lynn” Keller, Ann Link, Larry Darner, Richard Ade, Margaret Floyd, Terri Dienes, Martha Dickey Garner, Dorothy  Randall, Ann Link, Richard Ade, David McGriff, David Richhart, Shelly Barnes and Peg Pretzman.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Stefani Priest, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Jeff Stewart, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Al Bliss, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Shelley Brinley, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, D’Arleen Waymire, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
Happy birthday to:
Jan. 10 to Russell Clark, Ginny Reese, Nikki Nealeigh, Marcia Jo Shiffler, Karen Nealeigh, Jeff Albritton, Elaine Rismiller, Carol Hawkins, Shelly Miller and Tex Loxley.
Jan. 11 to  Donald Mong, Chris Eby, Craig Scanlon, Kurt Schlechty, Bryant Fox, Alee Gates and Riley Jade Brown.
Jan. 12 to Kelly King Didier, Kasey By,rd Widener Kendra Brewer, Tim Bertke, Jean Young, Tim Cook, Valierie Kuntzman and Dave Webb.
Jan. 13 to Susan Leis Butts, Betsy Nisonger, Teresa Oliver Leichty, and June Miller.
Jan. 14 to Brad Shafer, Kaileigh Stockton Beavins, Sammy Holsapple, Peggy Pretzman, Scott Young, Larry Pierron and Joy Roseberry.
Jan. 15 to Jane Faller Hole and Tyler Neal.  
Jan. 16 to  Jeanette Noggle, Jim Grant, Dorothy Sanders, Jeff Byram, Nancy Linebaugh, Tish Hodson Shepherd and Brian Jones.
Happy anniversary to: Ron and Karen Bailey on Jan. 10 and Zane and Connie Keller on Jan. 12.

Think about it: “As long as you feel pain, you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you’re still human. As long as you keep trying, there’s still hope.” — Author Unknown

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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