Say Something Nice!

Happy Hump Day, y’all!

Yes, it is the middle of the week and the last day of May!!  How has it all been treating each of you?!?  How have you all been treating EACH OTHER?!?

The common phrase today, especially when something horrific happens, is “Life Goes On!”  Is it really that easy to pass off something that is not so good?  Have you lost a loved one lately?  Maybe a job … How about your home?  It is kind of hard to say, “Life goes on!” when one is homeless … no food … no clean clothing … no shelter … no income … or don’t you agree?!?  You don’t have to, of course.

I have just recently been embracing my retirement, challenges included, as I am still preparing to take an European trip to Barcelona for my birthday, saving every penny and budgeting like a “miser” … needless to say … and getting help from multiple unanticipated sources!  I like to travel … so, I embraced all of life’s challenges, still went to the gym and practiced yoga, working through my physical challenges of “bone on bone” discomfort in my hips as well as the issues with my prostate … so I can at LEAST treat myself to a trip to Barcelona!!  I want to visit a few more countries over a 2 to 3 month period of time and then figure out where I want to retire permanently.  I have even considered Ecuador, since I have been there before and am fluent in Spanish.  At the same time, I have a dear friend in Germany who will meet me in Barcelona once I arrive, if plans go well, around the 19th or 20th of July!  I still have that adventurous spirit although I am getting up in age.

Of course, there are folks who think, probably, that I am not going to achieve my goal(s), which is common in today’s world.  We call them “haters” or “naysayers”.  Yet, if I had ever played into their hands in my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today … retired and receiving a modest pension, still able to teach English internationally and willing to take a chance, a risk to try something different!  Still, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for dear friends and associates who have said and DONE so many kind things for me as they see me moving towards my goals in my early retirement.  One good friend’s daughter is even arranging an opportunity for me to procure round trip tickets to Barcelona at an incredible price!  I have good friends who are encouraging me to “follow my dreams”, saying nice things to me and even paving the way for me!  What is the lesson for me .. maybe even you, should you decide to accept it?  It is to be nice, say something nice and do something nice for others.

See what you can do with it!  Thanks for reading, too!  And, thanks for your continued support!


John I. Cook, Director

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