Life is filled with trials and tribulations. From my own personal observation I’m amazed at how well some people function given the significant challenges they face. It’s true everyone has a story and no one’s life is sunshine and roses every day. Nearly every smiling person I have recently come in contact with has been struggling. Yet they choose to remain optimistic and resilient despite their circumstances. In their wisdom they know they cannot control their present situation but they can control how they respond.
Into every life a little rain must fall. We know rain is necessary for growth, so it is with life’s ups and downs which are actually opportunities for personal growth. Everyone has a different threshold for adversity but there is always something that can be gained from every predicament. Good can prevail if we remain hopeful and receptive. Even in grave situations there are many beautiful insights throughout the journey, increasing one’s wisdom and strength.
Our hearts could be viewed as a garden in which we plant seeds of love hoping and trusting in the miracle that our seeds will grow and reach maturity. But without proper tending we may allow the weeds of resentment and anger to enter, quickly rooting and multiplying until it chokes our anticipated crop, leaving us with little or no bounty. Had we nurtured our garden and accepted the unexpected rainfall as necessary and beneficial, the harvest would have been plentiful as our focus becomes our reality. Therefore we should focus on finding the good in every day and everyone. For just as the stars are always in the sky but not always seen so it is with goodness. Occasionally our eyes, ears and thoughts deceive us, but if we see, hear and feel with our hearts our inner garden abounds.
Upcoming Events: The Vets Club will be hosting karaoke with Orville Bohman this Saturday evening starting at 8:00 pm, in the lower level of the club.
The Versailles Lions Club will be serving up their pancake, sausage and egg breakfast this Sunday morning from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the St. Denis Church basement.
The Vets Club will have a frog leg dinner on Good Friday, April 18. This is a presale event, therefore you need to reserve your dinners by calling Bucky at 526-5915 or the Club (Thursday - Sunday) at 526-5959.
The Versailles High School musical is soaring to new heights as it presents “Peter Pan”, under the direction of Jacob & Robin Brown. Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., April 24, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 25 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sat., April 26. Tickets are all reserve seating. To obtain yours, leave a message with Kim at 526-5590. Tickets are $10 ($7 for students and senior citizens, children 2 and below are free, children ages 3 to 5 are $5).
Mark your calendar for a Bake Sale and Dinner Benefit to be held April 19th at Scooterz Bar. All proceeds go to the family of the late Charlie Curtis for burial expenses. Dinner includes a meatball sub, potato salad, baked beans and chips for $5 staring at 4:30 p.m. There will be a 50/50 drawing, an auction starting at 7 p.m. and music by DJ Dan beginning at 8 p.m. More information can be obtained by calling Deb Ward at 937-423-2852.
Happy birthday wishes to Karla Pohlman, Uncle Bill Magoto, Orville Bohman, Jim and Sheila Didier, Mildred Dapore, Esther Gariety, Dawn Godwin, Jody Hufford, Ted Robinson, Ashleigh Deeter, and Rita Schemmel. Congratulations to newlyweds Beverly (Boerger) and Edward Miller and happy anniversary Nichole and Jeff Lyme (9), Marcia and Gary Davidson (12), Karen (Donnelly) and Chuck Moeller, Jean and Mark Branson (38), Bonnie and Jerry Bey, Marlene and Ernie Bergman.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Georgie Kemper, Carl Barlage, Steve York, Jim Brown, Denny Winner, Earl Gigandet, Peg (Monnin) Bundy, Martha Borchers, Lynn Gerling, Alfred Henry, Paul Bailey, Pat DeMange, Smoke Smith, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Brain Voisard, Dick Francis, Samantha Smith, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
My sympathy to the families and friends of Betty Keyser, Dorothy Kruckeberg, John Singleman, Dan Poling, Shirley Keiber, Joe Gehret, Joe Montebon, Jake Etter, Mary Bayless, Joyce Heitkamp, Zach Elliot, Arlene and Henry Fortkamp, Robert Barlage, Vicki Stickel, Rosamary Homan, Betty Lehmkuhl, Owen Kissinger, Mildred Spencer, Pauline Gigandet, Rita Higelfort, Bruce Bensman, and Joyce Bruns as the anniversary of their passing nears.
Hello to Larry and Sylvia Henry, Tom Donnelly, Donna Monnin, Larry Martino, Vicki Wiltshire, Becky Condon, Ken DeMange and Cindy Grogean.
“To plant a garden is believe in tomorrow” ~Audrey Hepburn
“Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts” ~Tibetan Proverb
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” ~Unknown
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.