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I'm Good

My Monday Morning Memo
January 29, 2018

In This Issue
o "I'm Good!"
o Say Something Good
o Points to Ponder
o A Little Humor
o Quote
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I'm Good"I'm good!"
The old Sears Roebuck Catalog used in so many outhouses in the 1930’s often had three different models of products listed in price as Good, Better and Best.  When I have offered help or maybe a drink of pop to teens and older men they often respond “I’m good.”  That seems to have irritated me somehow because I woke up early on January 8th, 2018 with this poem already formed in my mind, rushed to my computer and captured it.  I told my mind that I would write a poem a week in 2018 and my mind has been blank until this.  I woke up a few hours earlier than this and recited a few poems in my mind and then went back to sleep. Then around  5 am I got up for a bit and captured this poem.

The Passing Stranger
Art Fettig

“ … can I help you?” I heard that stranger say, that wondrous day as he passed my way.

“No, I’m good.” I replied instinctively.

He shook his head, “No, you didn’t hear me I said, ‘How can I help you.’  You’re good, but you were born to be better and maybe even great.”

And he repeated what I hadn’t heard that first time,

“How can I help you?” And this time I heard him, loud and clear.

“How?” I replied. "Supposing you tell me how?"  And I listened.

“If you are willing to listen, really listen, then you’ve already come a long, long way.” He smiled.

And then I looked at him. Yes, I really looked, and his smile was contagious and friendly. 

I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d smiled.

It might have been at the same time I started that senseless habit

Of telling folks, “I’m good.”

And then he asked again, “How can I help you?”

And then I smiled once more and I looked him in the eye as I replied, “I’m great!”

The stranger smiled back and went on his merry way.

And since that day I have strived to discover that greatness that is in me

And in you

How can I help you?

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Say Something Good
I would like to thank Henry David Thoreau for spending all that time in the woods pondering.  As I often sit here in our own woods in North Carolina the results of his pondering give me comfort.  May God Bless America and bring us love and understanding and world peace.

Points to Ponder
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.Henry David Thoreau 

A Little Humor
A truck driver was driving along on the freeway. He passed a sign that said “low bridge ahead.”Before he knew it, the bridge was right ahead of him and he got stuck under the bridge. Cars were backed up for miles.    Finally, a police car pulled up. The cop got out of his car and walked around to the truck driver, put his hands on his hips and said, “Got stuck, huh?” The truck driver said, "No officer,..I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas.

The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life. Brian Tracy

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