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Notes from Sara – January 2020

“The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I have been blessed with. I choose to be happy!” This is quote from Charlie Brown of Peanuts. A lot of Charlie Brown was actually his creatorCharles Shultz’ feelings, his sentiments and his past remembrances. He managed to make them a bit humorous.  But, I liked that quote. Sometimes it’s hard to be happy but as long as we make the effort and endeavor to look on the good side of things in our liveswe will feel a lot better.

Another quote of Charlie’s I like is “When my arms can’t reach out to people who are close to my heart – I always hug them in my prayers.”  As I and others close to me keep adding years, I find that those prayers get longer and longer but I always include, “and Lord those I don’t know about but you do.”

We all surely agree that life is not always a “bed of roses”.  We all have many facets of life, ourselves, our families, our work colleagues, the work itself, our church life, our social life and yes, ourpublic life. Public? Yes, when we are out and about, in a store, visiting new places and communities, on the road in our cars, just going about our daily routines we meet new and different people and situations.

Each day brings some sort of change in our lives.  Some we like and some we don’t and others we cannot quite get acquainted with but we make an effort to try and to understand.  That is the way life is, full of constant changes and while we are young we like changes and challenges of those changes.  But when we get older we like things to sail along at the norm – at the familiar pace, but that’s not gonna happen. So, we older people look back and try to pull up some of our days past thinking and make an effort to “join the crowd”.  Charlie also said, “When my arms can’t reach out to people who are close to my heart, I always hug them in my prayers”. I realize I do that! 

So, as we look to this new year, 2020, may we all look forward, not backward. May we try to look for the good as we travel on our life’s paths, be they smooth and level or hilly and rough. As Charlie also said, 
Faith is holding on tight when the going gets windy” and “May your days we filled with blessings of love, peace and joy.”

`“I’ve got that joy, joy, joy down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart. Down in my heart. I’ve got that joy, joy, joy down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart to stay!”

I know there is nothing better for people than to be happy and do good while they live. Eccl. 3:12


Sara Downs

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