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May 8, 2014

WILLIAMS: Finding the good in life

Well, heck, my driver in NASCAR isn’t doing very well. My driver in Formula 1 isn’t doing very well. The horse I was rooting for in the Kentucky Derby came in sixth. The Force has definitely not been with me sports-wise.

The Republicans filibustered legislation to increase the minimum wage. The Israelis and Palestinians broke off peace talks. Putin is slow-walking an invasion of Ukraine. Oklahoma governor, Mary Fallin, defied her own state Supreme Court in her insistence that a death row inmate must be killed now and of course, the state totally screwed up the execution. So things aren’t exactly great in politics either.

And to top it off, it is 48 degrees this morning. Wednesday it is supposed to be 80. What happened to the 70s, my personal favorite among the decades of temps?

Mom always said that when you’re feeling blue, you should think of five good things about your life.

My five good things are (in no particular order):

1) Health. My recent washing of walls and moving of furniture have resulted in a crink in my hip and some lower back pain. But I am still, by far, the healthiest of my friends my age.

2) Security. I have my house and my car and my Social Security check, my PERF retirement, Medicare. None of it is spectacular. The house is average and the car is on the lower value scale. My social security and retirement don’t allow for lavish living. But put it all together and I’m fairly secure in a world that is insecure for so many.

3) Writing. Of course, retirement brings the ability to (finally!) do as one pleases. No getting up at any particular time. No putting on make up and wielding a curling iron. No driving highways on snowy mornings. While others are going to work, I fix another cup of coffee and sit at the computer doing what I love to do.

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