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JOSEPH WATSON SR.


 

Joseph Franklin Watson Sr. “Joe or Pappy”, age 82 of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Joe was born September 6, 1934 in Lexington, Virginia, the son of James and Melinda (McCormick) Watson. Joe served 10 years in the United States Air Force and 10 years in the Michigan National Guard. During his time served, Joe played minor league baseball for the Air Force. Joe had a heart for coaching and umpiring for the Little, Pony and Silver Baseball Leagues. Joe was a founding member of Cedar Springs Amateur Athletic Association, member of the Roundtable Coffee Drinkers, a Keystone Kop, and was the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Red Flannel Parade. Joe considered his greatest life achievement being a grandparent to 14 grandchildren. Surviving are his beloved wife, Florence E. (Clark) Watson; children, Joseph Michael Grove of Virginia, JeDonne (Jerry) Morton, Joseph (Connie) Watson Jr., Kelli Watson, Charlie (Ladonna) Watson, Merri (Rich) Moore; grandchildren, Steven, Megan, Hollie, Nick, Jake, Jeff, Chris, Mandi, Charli Anne, Ashley, Ricky, Elizabeth, Erin and Carlee; great grandchild, Addison; brother-in-law, Virgil R. (Sandie) James; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen (Melvin) Cole; brother-in-law, J. Thomas Bundy; many nephews, nieces and cousins who he adored; and friends that he loved as family. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Mayhlon James “Tarzan” Watson, James Alexander Watson, Geraldine “Binky” Bundy, and Margarite “Moe” Sweeney; Nephew, James Alexander “Butch” Watson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles O. and Mary (Caverly) Clark; brother-in-law, Herman O. Clark; and sisters-in-law, Maxine M. (Clark) Manteufel and Alice J. (Clark) Haubenstricker. The family will receive friends Saturday at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11a.m. at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave. N.E., Cedar Springs, Pastor Larry Young officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs Veterans Park Fund.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Honesty


Rev. Chadrick Brown

 Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave NE

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

 

When my wife and I meet, she had long, beautiful, blonde hair. I loved her hair. It is what initially attracted me to her. She kept her hair long and blonde until we had our first child and then off to the chopping block she went to get rid of it. I think I cried that day. Don’t get me wrong; my love for her didn’t change, nor did her beauty, but the hair was no more. She told me she would grow it back and she did. But every few years, once she gets it back to the way I like it, she cuts it off. And then comes the question that she always asks me after the hair gets cut: “Honey, what do you think? Do you like it? Do you like my hair cut?” And in my mind I scream, “No, no, no, no! I do not like it. I love your hair long and blonde. I want it long.” But then I quietly answer out loud, “Of course honey, I love it. It’s beautiful.”

I don’t think I am the only one that has ever done this. We all have had people in our lives ask a question and then answer them by telling them what they want to hear. Television sitcoms often depict funny situations where a person says what they think another person wants to hear. In fiction, it’s funny to see a person tell their boss or spouse what they want to hear.

Unfortunately, these situations aren’t funny when they really occur in our lives. We all want to have people in our lives who answer our questions honestly even when the honest answer may not be a pleasure to hear.

In Proverbs 24:26, from the Message Translation of God’s word, it says, “An honest answer is like a warm hug.” How awesome is that? How comforting is that?

Honesty is hard at times. But it’s necessary. Why? It’s necessary to build trust. It’s necessary to have healthy relationships. It’s necessary if we are ever going to get beyond the surface of relationships and begin to go deeper. It’s necessary if we are ever going to truly help each other and comfort each other.

I want to challenge you today to build your relationships on honesty. You will enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your friend is always giving you an honest answer. Your friends will enjoy the trust and confidence of a relationship where they can be honest without fearing repercussions if you don’t like their answer to your question. Everyone in a relationship benefits when it’s built on honesty.

And yes, I practice what I preach. I always tell my wife that her hair is beautiful, no matter what the length of her hair is, even though she knows, I miss her long hair.

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Explore MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails

Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge to visit these beautiful trails winding through forests, grasslands and wetlands. More than four miles of trails are marked with numbered trail posts and maps are available at most major trail heads. For more information, please email naturetrails@moncalm.edu or call MCC Biology Instructor Heather Wesp 989-328-1270. #22

Red Flannel Queen Pageant Time

June 3: Attention all young ladies living in or attending school in the Cedar Springs School Public School District who will be in the 11th grade in the 2017-2018 school year (including homeschooled, or private school attendees that live within the Cedar Springs Public School District boundaries): There will be a mandatory meeting for any young lady who would like to participate in the 2017 Red Flannel Pageant and her parent (at least one). The meeting will be Saturday, June 3rd at 10 am at the Springs Church (135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs, Michigan). There will be a makeup meeting for anyone not able to attend the first meeting on Sunday, June 4th at 2 pm at the Springs Church. Informational packets can be picked up before the meetings in the main offices at Cedar Springs High School and Creative Technologies Academy starting Tuesday May 16th. For more information, contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #20-22b

Dinner at the Legion

June 5: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday,   June 5th from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be pork chops, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing,  salad, roll, dessert  and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #22p

Cedar Springs Youth Football SIGN-UPS

June 6: Flag: 4-7years olds / Rocket: 3rd-6th grades / Middle: 7th-8th grades. Burger King: 6/10, 6/20: 6pm-8pm. Shaner Ball Field: 6/06, 6/14 6pm-8pm. Skinner Field: Tues & Thurs 7/11-7/27 5:30pm-7:30pm. Contact: April Victorson (616)890-5869 csyflsecretary@gmail.com. #19-26b

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 10: The 125th Annual (1892-2017) Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 10th at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Social Hour at 5 pm with Dinner at 6 pm. Cost of meal is $12.00. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Please RSVP by June 3rd. Call your reservation to one of the following committee members; Dave Groner 616-557-3098, Dick Pierce 616-636-5258, Betty Bradford Clegg 517-487-3003, Verna White Smigiel 616-885-4913. #21,22p

Flag Day Ceremony

June 10: Gleaner Grand Arbor would like to invite the Sand Lake/Cedar Springs area to a Flag Day Ceremony at the Sand Lake Library in Sand Lake on June 10th at 10 am. Refreshments to follow after the ceremony. #22,23p

Vacation Bible School @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 11th-15th: Hey kids!  You are uniquely wired and wonderfully made! Learn why & how at Gadgets & Gizmos Vacation Bible School, which begins on Sunday, June 11th @  6:30-8 PM, with a “Family Night” where the whole family can join the fun. VBS continues Monday thru Thursday for kids ages 4 years-5th grade. Pre-registration is encouraged by filling out an online form @ www.scwchurch.org. The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road. For more info about Gadgets & Gizmos, please contact the church office @ 616-696-3229. #21-23b

Alpha Family Center LifeWalk

June 17: Alpha Family Center will hold its 22nd Annual LifeWalk – Humanity 101 on Saturday, June 17th at 10 am Morley Park in Cedar Springs. There will also be a 5K LifeRun at 8:30 am, registration at 7:30 am and a Kids FunRun (ages 5-11) at 9:15 am, LifeWalk at 10 am, registration at 9 am. For more information and pledge forms visit AFC website: alphafamilycentercs.org. #22-24b

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Bunco at Rockford Masonic Lodge

Apr. 7: Join us for Bunco on the first Friday of each month (April 7, May 5, etc.) 6 pm at the Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Dr. (across from Bell Furniture). $5 donation requested to play – bring a friend the first time free! Bring a snack to share at break time if you wish. Join us for lots of fun, fellowship, prizes and a 50/50 raffle each night. Sponsored by the Rockford Order of the Eastern Star. Everyone welcome! Questions? Call: Dixie 616-437-7445. #14

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 9: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 9th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The message and music will be shared by Gilbert Morris and his guitar from Greenville, Michigan. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #14p

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Apr. 15: The Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be held this Saturday, April 15th from 7 – 11 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Church. Adults $8 and Family $25. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice, coffee. All you can eat. The last planned date is April 16th. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #14

Easter Egg-Stravaganza @ Solon Center

Apr. 15: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, April 15th at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. There’ll be hot dogs, candy, and an Easter Egg Hunt with 4,000 candy filled Easter Eggs! On display will be a Solon Township fire truck, Michigan State & Kent County Sheriff police cruisers and some hot rods. Registration begins at 11 am, and egg hunts will take place for all children 10 years and under beginning at Noon. Two bikes donated by Meijer will be given as grand prizes!! For more information go to: www.scwchurch.org or call the church office at 696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All families welcome! #14,15p

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch at HCNC

Apr. 15: The 7th Annual Easter Hunt with Pancake Brunch for Howard Christensen Nature Center will be held on Saturday, April 15th from noon to 2 pm. Brunch is served from noon to 2 pm and the Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly for all ages at 2 pm. Brunch is $5 per person or $15 per family of 4 or more and includes the Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Egg Hunting only is $1 per egg hunter. HCNC members: $3 pancakes, free Egg hunting. 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158, registration online at www.HowardChristensen.org. #14

Mystery Dinner Theater @ Solon Center

Apr. 21: Solon Center Wesleyan and the Cedar Springs Community Players will present “ Awesome 80’s Prom” Mystery Dinner Theater on Friday, April 21st. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets: $15 single or $25 couples. For tickets call 616-263-9573. Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave. Cedar Springs. #14,15p

Spring Rummage Sale

Apr. 26, 27: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Women is hosting their Spring Rummage Sale in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, April 26th from 9 am to 7 pm and Thursday, April 27th from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a bag sale on Thursday. The church is located on the corner of Main and Church Streets. Proceeds go toward their mission projects. #14,15p

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Caution: dodging potholes


Rev. Chadrick Brown

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave NE | Cedar Springs, MI 49319

 

With all the freezing and thawing we have had lately, I have noticed a whole lot more potholes on the road. Some of which take my car right out of commission if I am not watching. It may be time to put some of those orange signs out that simply say CAUTION.

You know another area in our lives that I have found that all of us should approach with caution is in our words and within our conversations. Do you remember the childhood saying, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Of course you do. We all remember that rhyme and have more than likely said it a time or two.

We use to say that in order to let bullies know they were not going to get under our skin. But in reality, that childhood rhyme is not so true. Name-calling really hurts down inside. All of us have been hurt by someone calling us names and more likly than not, we have hurt someone else with our words. We can say that little phrase all day long and to whomever we want to, but being called names really does hurt us deeply.

Someone said that we should handle words carefully because they have more power than atom bombs. It’s true! When we are getting ready to say something we shouldn’t say, we need one of those big orange caution signs to pop up in our minds to help stop us or at least to help us choose our words wisely.

God’s Holy Bible is the greatest book for showing us how to live a balanced life. It says, “Be quick to listen and slow to speak” (James 1:19). Can I say that again? “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.” If there were ever a bright orange sign saying CAUTION, I think that would be it. When we speak quickly, we speak dangerously, possibly hurting other people along the way. Words can be painful when spoken in anger or jealousy or fear. And the words we choose not only affects the moment, but they can have lasting affects for a lifetime. We need to choose them carefully. I have found that words are so powerful. They have the power to hurt, but they also have the power to heal. What’s the deciding factor? The choice you make. The caution you take by choosing your words.

So friends, just as we have to slow down to avoid some of those potholes that are out there on the road, let’s all slow down before we respond to someone. Let’s be cautious. Let’s be careful of what we say. Let’s really listen and then choose our words wisely and lovingly. Let’s begin to heal our community and start with our words.

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Blood Drive

Feb. 21: Be someone who CARES and SHARES. Donating blood will take no more than an hour of your time and it could save/prolong someone’s life. The Michigan Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, February 21st at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. The Blood Center thanks all the people that donate. The NEED is great. #7

Free Mexican Dinner

Feb. 22: Join us for a special FREE Mexican Dinner at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The church is located on the corner of Church and Main St. Sponsored by the UMC Men’s Group. #6,7p

Movie Benefit for Ricker Family

Feb. 22: A special showing for the movie Miracles from Heaven will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 4 and 7 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs, as a benefit to the Ricker family. Tickets are $3.00. A donation jar will be available for those wishing to donate extra to the family for medical expenses. Sponsored by the Cedar Springs FFA. #7

Straw Building Bonanza at KDL

Feb. 23: With this unstructured building time, kids can build 2D and 3D geometric creations, vehicles, forts or whatever! We’ll provide all the materials, kids bring their imagination and curiosity. Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #7

Mom’s Market @ Solon Center Wesleyan 

Feb. 25: You are invited to our Mom’s Market Sale Event, Saturday, February 25th, from 9:00 am -2:00 pm. This isn’t a sale strictly for moms, but for all women, all ages. There are 45 booths filled with a variety of products, such as gently used children clothes and toys, handmade baby blankets, ponchos and jewelry of all sorts.  There’s even a Massage Therapist offering 10 minute head and facial massages for just $5! Come shop and have lunch too! Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road. #7,8p

AYSO Soccer Registration

Feb. 21,25: AYSO Region 902 Soccer Registration is now thru February 25th at www.eayso.org. We will be holding a registration event Tuesday, February 21st and Thursday, February 25th from 6 – 7:30 pm in the Red Hawk Elementary lobby. Cost is $65 per player or $60 per player for families with 3 or more players. Players must be 4 years of age prior to April 10, 2017 to play in the spring season. #7,8p

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LARRY O. WOODHULL


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Mr. Larry O. Woodhull, aged 71, a lifelong Cedar Springs area resident, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Larry was born February 13, 1945 in Grand Rapids, the son of Kenneth and Lila (Bowers) Woodhull. He was a 1963 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and attended Solon Center Wesleyan Church. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and worked for many years as a carpenter. Surviving are his brother Gary (Barbara) Woodhull; a niece Ann (Darryl) Stock and a nephew Patrick (Kristin) Woodhull, two grandnieces and two grandnephews. There will be a time of visitation on Thursday, December 22, 2016 starting at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford followed immediately with Military Honors. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Jude Hospital or Solon Center Wesleyan Church would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Pay it forward this season


Solon-Center-Wesleyan-webRev. Chadrick Brown

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma, Cedar Springs 

(just north of 19 Mile)

 

 

A little while ago, I started watching a movie that I hadn’t seen in a long time. It came out back in 2000 and even back then it was a good movie that had the potential to really move people. What’s the movie? Pay It Forward. Have you seen it? Have you watched it again recently?

Even though the movie is not a Christmas movie, let alone a new release, it has some great things for us to remember this Christmas season. This movie is simply about the random acts of kindness started by a young boy who had a simple dream to make the world a kinder place. He wanted to start a new world order where random acts of kindness would be passed from one person to another until the whole world became one big happy family. What a great idea.

Isn’t this what Christmas is all about? Acts of kindness. Acts of love. Acts of gentleness. Acts that encourage other people. Can I tell you something? The very first Christmas was no random act of kindness. It was a deliberate act of love. God sent His son to this world to show you how much He loves you. Now that is something incredible to realize. But we can do more than just realize it; we can experience it, feel it and share it.

So, I want to encourage you. Go do some random acts of kindness. Be a part of making our community feel like a family. Help someone, say a kind word, smile more.  Look into people’s eyes when they are talking and be kind. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I also want to encourage you in this way: the next time you do your random act of kindness, do it with God in mind. Because when we do something on behalf of God, we begin to imitate Him in a profound and wonderful way. We start to become what God desires each of us to become, people that look out and help other people. People that care for each other. People that encourage each other.

The teacher in the movie Pay It Forward gave this young boy a chance to do something great. God has given us the same chance to do some great things as well. This Christmas season, let’s be deliberate about our kindness and remember that it all started with God sending us His Son.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Sept. 25: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI  (corner of 17 Mile Road and Olin Lakes Road). Message and the music will shared by the group, ALIVE. This is an outstanding gospel group, who will share an awesome message and their amazing musical talents. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each Service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 293-2150. SEE YOU THERE! #38

Take off pounds sensibly

Sept.27: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #38

Red Flannel Talent Show Performers

Sept. 28: If you missed the Red Flannel Talent Show tryouts on September 14th it is not too late! A Dress Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, September 28th at 7 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Please come fully prepared with music and costume. Contact Len at 231-750-2337. The Red Flannel Talent Show will be held on Red Flannel Day, October 1st at about 4:30 pm (right after the parade). Tickets to the show are $3.00 each. #38

Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club’s Fun 3 Gun Shoot

Oct. 2: Fun 3 Gun Shoot, 9am-1pm at Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Open to the public. Shooting: pistol, rifle, shotgun. $10 per person, Lewis pay out at the end of the event. For any questions call 616-696-3711. #38p

AWANA Program Kicks Off

Oct. 5: The Solon Center Wesleyan Church will kick off its AWANA program on Wednesday, October 5th from 6:30- 8 pm. AWANA is an action packed program running from October through March for children ages 3 years through 5th grade. It’s where kids learn God’s Word and have fun doing it! Go to www.scwchurch.com to register or come a few minutes early the first night. Student Ministries (6th-12th) and adults will also meet. There’s something for everyone! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Questions? Call 696-3229. All welcome! #38,39p

St.Peter’s Lutheran Blood Drive

Oct. 5: St.Peter’s Lutheran Church is holding a Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall at 310 East Division Street in Rockford. You can make an appointment online at www.MIBlood.org. Babysitting available. We need all Types. #38,39p

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Rough Spots


Solon-Center-Wesleyan-webRev. Chadrick Brown

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave NE

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

 

Michigan has a lot of things going for it, the great lakes, the in-land lakes, the rivers that run all through it, the sand dunes, beautiful lighthouses and a ton of golf courses. Some of these places are absolutely beautiful, but I can’t golf if my life depended on it.

One of my best friends a while ago was a semi-pro golfer and instructor. Quite often, he would invite me out, just to hang out and deepen our friendship. Each and every time he asked, I would decline. Not because I didn’t want our friendship deepened, but simply because he was a semi-pro golfer and I was simply terrible. In fact, I really don’t like the game. I’ll drive the cart in a heartbeat, but don’t make me play. But just like a good friend, he would not take “No” for an answer. He kept inviting me and told me that he would show me a few tips and help me with my game to make me a better golfer. Well, I gave in, but every time, without fail, I was terrible and could not get that little ball to straighten out. You would think as a pastor, God would have given me the gift of playing golf, but He didn’t, so I’ve given up on golf.

But I did hear something interesting. When they first manufactured golf balls, they made the covers smooth. Then it was discovered that after a ball had been roughed up, one could get more distance out of it. So they started manufacturing them with dimpled covers. That’s why the golf ball looks the way it looks today.

That got me thinking. Isn’t that how life is? It takes some rough spots in our lives in order to make us a better person. It takes some bumps and bruises to help us understand and gain wisdom. It takes going through difficulties to truly appreciate the good times. And it takes our trust being broken to really understand how special it is to trust someone again.

So friend, the next time life gets a little hard or difficult, don’t get upset, discouraged, or even mad. Just see what you can take away. Don’t get depressed, or try to get even with a person for the bumps and bruises they have caused you. But see what you can learn to make you go farther in this life. Here is a fact of life that we all know. Difficult times come and go, so let the difficulties in life make you better, not bitter; stronger, not sourer. See how bumps in your life can take you farther.

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