I feel like I’m a recovering television addict when I say, “I don’t miss television. It’s been more than fourteen years since I had television service.” When I want bad news I get on the internet or social media and seem to get my fill of it. Then again why would I do that? So much news is negative these days and people are finding any reason to argue with each other. Don’t get me wrong it’s okay to have your opinion, share it and stick to it. It’s how you react when everyone doesn’t agree with you that’s the problem. “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

“Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway,” Mother Teresa. Such a wise and caring woman. Shakespeare sums it all up when he said: “I always feel happy, you know why? Because I don’t expect anything from anyone, Expectations always hurt. Life is short, so love your life, be happy… and keep smiling. Just live for yourself and before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you pray, forgive. Before you hurt, feel. Before you hate, love. Before you quit, try. Before you die, live.” To all of this I say, “Give of your heart first, rather than a piece of your mind.”

The battle of the leaves has begun. I think I prefer the idea of letting the leaves win and just take satisfaction and enjoyment in hearing them crunch beneath my feet when I take my daily walks on a beautiful fall day. I am missing the sound of the water in the creek so while trying not to complain I am longing for that pleasant sound once again.

We have spent a good part of the past week with family and friends with guest coming at the end of this week. There are a good variety of community events to go to during this time of year. I can’t say I’m bored by any means. We love seeing our neighbors and friends supporting these local events and activities. There’s nothing so satisfying as living in a small community where every event is like a family reunion. I hope to see many of you at one of these events, so be sure to say hi and a hug is always an option.

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