Time to Give Thanks | Life’s Reflection

by | Nov 24, 2021 | Columns

Life's Reflections

Although we should be appreciative and grateful at all times, November is the month is the easiest to do so since that’s when Thanksgiving is celebrated.

On top of my list is my gratitude toward God and Jesus, for without Them, we would be nothing. They are there for us, whether it be for answered or answered prayers.

I have also been blessed with the family I was born in to. We had a caring father and a creative mother, both of whom are no longer with us. I also love my three siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins….not to mention a boat load of friends from all walks of life.

I am thankful, though it’s not a whole lot, for what we have. It’s ours and we earned it. I don’t want to be rich, but I want to live comfortably for as long as I’m able.

I was blessed to have a career in 53-plus years of journalism and it still continues to this day despite a couple of hiccups between retirements. Semi-retired since 2017, I just can’t seem to want to stop writing.

Believe it or not, I wanted to run a children’s home when I was younger and, later on, I thought about a teaching career, but I disliked getting up in class and making book reports and talk in front of others when I was in school, so how would I handle my own class of students?

I’m not perfect by a long shot. Peer pressure got the best of me a couple of times. But, I can’t feel bad for that as I have no one else to blame but myself. I didn’t always have good judgment, and I live with the mistakes I made, but I have no regrets. Because that’s life. That’s how you learn the good from the bad.

I feel like I am in fairly good health. I have my eyesight and still living with one kidney. I just hope my memory lasts, and I wish some of the pains I wake up will subside but it seems like everyday there’s a new pain.

I’m thinking these kinds of things give people character. So, I just deal with it.

Yes, I’m getting adjusted to getting older and am handling it the best I can.

Sad movies make me cry, and the deaths of loved ones always bother me, but I am not ashamed of that. I feel like you have to be strong, even in the hard times.

I count my blessings. Jamie and I have a roof over our heads and are seemingly in good health. We love the beautiful and glorious things in life, asense of humor, a cozy home and atmosphere, music, peace and safety. And, we hope it continues, even though we know there will be some challenges, of course.

I enjoy life when I’m thinking about all I have as family is concerned. I also appreciate sunshine, hugs, checking out the clouds at night and enjoying what nature has created. I also like lighted candles, watching children play, happy endings, and quiet time.

The only thing right now that would make me even more happy would be if I could understand technology, when it comes to computers and cellphones and other electronic gadgets. I will pray about that and maybe, just maybe, I will excel, catch on and/or create a monster of myself. We’ll see, but don’t hold your breath.

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families in the loss of: Pat Graham, Mary Fields, Nancy Sink, Lynn Saylor, Ruth Parmenter Kistler, Jim Thiebeau, Bill Riegle and Thornton Miller.
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Please pray for these people: Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Al Bliss, Shelley Brinley, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, Larry Vititoe, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, D’Arleen Waymire, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Tom Moody, 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.
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Happy birthday to:
Nov. 22 to Jeff Brocious, Sherri Gibbons Feitshans, Brandon Liette, Wanda Brewer, John Guttadore and Paul Mueller.
Nov. 23 to Dennis Soward.
Nov. 24 to Brenda Moody Norton (our baby sister), Trella Bole, Michael Elleman, Carol Labig, Janet Kammer, Jennifer Hollinger, Onneke Kelly Edwards, Carol Brown Bertke, Kathy Stone Brewer, Kathy Allread Weaver, Art Price and Joy Thompson.
Nov. 25 to Karen Burkett and Dustin Schmidt.
Nov. 26 to Sandy Bohman, Bill Edwards, Brad Freeman, Susan Hines Robinson and Tim Harless.
Nov. 27 to Mindy Ward, Mike Appleman II, Susan Bowman Castle, Rick Clear, Linda Aberle, Linda Holden, Kara Didier and Becky Clifton.
Nov. 28 to Dan Schipfer, Jadilyn Snyder, Lara Brunner and Penny Palmer.
Happy anniversary to: Dane and Linda Leeper, Jack and Jodi Smith and Robin and Jim Hesson, all on Nov. 20; Randy and Bev Garrison and Paul and Elaine Mueller, all on Nov. 23; Sue and Wayne Detling on Nov 24; Ed and Kay Curry on Nov. 27; and Hope and Steve Gates on Nov. 28.
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Think about it: “The brilliant man is one who improves the lives of others without them knowing about it.” –Author Unknown

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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