Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Howdy, Y’all!

Happy Hump Day to youse! Well, I am feeling a bit under the weather today but I am glad I was able to wake up, contact a few people and let them know that since my sinuses were acting up, I would be taking a sick day. Now, a year ago … even a few months ago … we could take a sick day on my job, but it was always “unpaid”. Recently, over the past few months, the marketing company I work for in Boca Raton, FL has transformed itself into a total LLC, so to speak, including medical insurance, sick days and vacation time – both paid! I remember when I had my motorcycle spill back in March of this year, I went to work the NEXT day, on the same vehicle I had the spill on (almost no damage done to the NightHawk), and worked right through my recovery period with stitches in both legs and wearing shorts, which is normally not permitted. So, I am glad to take a sick day for sinus irritation today!

Some years ago, when my mother was alive and I was seeking different venues to publish my writings, I submitted a short story to Ebony Magazine as part of a literature contest. It was called “A Bridge Unmoved”. It was a story about the cherished relationship between my mother, Marietta Dolores, and I. I didn’t win the contest but they did write me back to encourage me to keep writing. This idea of “bridges” comes up because of some challenges I am facing right now in transition from “biker” to vehicle owner, as well as in increased financial responsibilities that go with that as well as handling some unexpected things like back taxes. So, when I got home yesterday after work, I laid down because I was a bit tired. My body was telling me to rest while my sinuses were getting ready to act up! So, I did … and so did my sinuses!

When I woke up from my cat nap, I had things running around my mind like cars in the Indy 500! I had to quiet those thoughts but wasn’t feeling like going to the gym. So, I took a quick cruise for some errands, came back home, made a light dinner and watched a cooking show or two. Before falling off to sleep, I thought hard and long, as I am still this morning, on how my mother and father might handle some of the things I am experiencing now. So … I started to focus on my blessings and remind myself that “This too shall pass”!

Have a great day, all!


John I. Cook, Director

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