Out and About – Week of May 9th

I recently attended a Saturday morning meeting in Lansing. The trip usually takes a little less than two hours, so I planned to stop for a quick breakfast at a diner near the intersection of M-60 and I-69. I usually allow myself a few extra minutes for breakfast, because you never know how busy the place is going to be, or what kind of interesting people you might run in to. I’m always looking for subject matter for future columns. Once again, I was not disappointed.
I love observing local eateries early in the morning. You can usually find a group of local patrons, who gather on a regular basis and do what they can to settle some of the world issues. They might not accomplish their task, but they sure do enjoy discussing current events.
On this particular morning, there were about four or five local patrons enjoying breakfast and each other’s company. These were true Americans in my eye, because several of them were wearing bib overalls and caps advertising farm implement manufacturers. I could tell they were all accustomed to physical labor, because their faces showed the effects of being out in the weather, and their hands looked calloused. They ate and laughed heartily, and they enjoyed poking fun at each other from time to time. They discussed local and world events, with particular attention to the current political candidates. Not a single one was impressed with the choices for the office of the President of the United States. They all pretty much agreed that the Congress and the Senate need a good house cleaning.
I’ll probably never see any of these gentlemen again, but I like their plan to meet regularly, have a cup of coffee, enjoy a laugh or two, then go their separate ways and get on with the tasks that lie before them. I’d like to see our politicians do half the work these “True Americans” do. Heck, I’d settle for the politicians just to get along with each other.
Steps to Self-Care (final five)
Don’t be afraid to say “NO”
Don’t be afraid to say “YES”
Be kind to yourself
Let go of what you can’t control
Stay away from drama and negativity as much as you can

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day. Did you remember your mom on her special day? If your mother is still alive, you’re very fortunate, because you still have the opportunity to let her know just how special she is to you. If you regularly show your appreciation to this lady who gave you life, I thank you for being considerate. I’m sure she thanks you also.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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