Do you remember the quote “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”? It was popular in the ’60s but today I find more wisdom within the proverb than I did 50 years ago. I find myself utilizing the phrase as a means of self-encouragement.
Consider what it would mean if today truly was the first day of our lives. We would have childlike innocence with eyes wide open and minds filled with wonder. We would be unable to make comparisons or judgments. Imagine living without knowledge to whether we have lived with less pain or a better economy, etc.
Possibly we would have a better feel of the innate; that which is natural and inborn. Perhaps we would live in gratitude, displaying virtue, compassion, kindness, understanding and caring for others. We might look at every difficulty as a challenge, every challenge as an opportunity and every opportunity as a blessing capable of bettering ourselves. Then before we become disenchanted or cynical we are presented with another first day (of the rest of our lives).
Each day is, in fact, a new day—a gift—the gift of life. We can choose to live each day filled with joy and optimism or not, but living without faith hope and love is more like dying than living.
This weekend is a long holiday weekend for many, as the United States of America celebrates its birthday officially on Monday. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, free from British rule.
The independence we enjoy today was not given to us but fought for in every generation, for as Thomas Paine said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” This responsibility falls on us all.
There will be many picnics, campfires, festivals, parades, baseball games, family reunions, barbecues, and fireworks as ways of celebrating. Locally, you can watch fireworks every night of the weekend and Monday too. Tonight Ansonia’s fireworks display begins at dusk behind Moody’s Auto Service and Fort Loramie’s fireworks will begin at 10:30 pm. Saturday. Greenville will shoot off a fireworks display at dusk, Sunday, Union City Indiana’s fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. at Harter Park, and Monday, New Madison sets off its fireworks at 10 p.m. and West Milton will set theirs off at dusk in West Milton Park of Route 571. (I have been told West Milton consistently has the best fireworks display.) Enjoy Independence Day!
Tonight, from 7-9, the “Sauerkraut German Band” will be performing at the fountain square. There will be beverages for purchase from Moeller Brew Barn and Michael Anthony. This is the first of the T&CP Fountain Square Entertainment Series. Also tonight, Karma’s Pawn will be performing at Ansonia from 8 p.m.-midnight.
Saturday, Ansonia will have a parade at 12:30 p.m. and Strategy will perform from 8 p.m.-midnight. Also on Saturday at Fort Loramie from 8-midnight you can listen to Tricky Dick and the Cover Ups. On Sunday, the band Quadrafunk will perform at the Civic Center in New Madison from 9 p.m.-midnight while Sawcreek will perform at Fort Loramie from 8-midnight. Monday, Ansonia will hold its Firecracker 5K at 9 am. Perhaps I’ll see you!
The Versailles Swimming Pool will conduct public swimming lessons July 11-14 and July 18-21. Lessons are four days per week for two weeks from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. or from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Call 526-5154 for more information or to sign up.
Mark your calendar for the Community Garage Sales to be held July 28-29. Registration forms are available at Worch Memorial Library and the village offices.
Happy birthday to America, Jennifer Woodruff, Linda May, Gay Howard, Dave Barga, Ronda Mangen, Melanie Huffman, Madelyn Borchers, Doug Reed, Matt Cusick, Melanie (Sanderson) Rimmer, Eldon Schultz, Toni Riegle, Pat Monnin, David McClure, Jamie McGlinch, Freda Banks, Makena Hoying, Larry Brown, Richard Gigandet, Robin Middendorf, Larry Simmons, Joan Magoto, Tammy Drees, Natalie Cebulko, Dan Drees, Jeanette Marshall, Renee Subler, Edna Batty, Deb Wirrig, Steve Henry, Jeanne Miller, Lisa Mangen, Doug Reed, Sheila Magoto, Ruth Neargarder, Ed Collins, Margo Gavit, Samantha Jay and Tom Guillozet as their birthdays approach, as well as, anniversary wishes to Mindy and Matt Knapke (2), Heidi and Taylor DeMange (3), Betty and Joe Mescher (3), Marie and Brent Carity (12), Tiffany and Jeremy Fine (15), Heidi and Eric Epperly (16), Kelly and Brian Dapore (??), Brandi and Clay Spencer (22), Debbie and Dan Brown (39), Susette and Larry Kruckeberg (40). Happy retirement wishes to Toni Custer and a special hello to Betty Kremer and Lois and Jim Youngker.
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Jeannette Simon, Scott Bulcher (bypass) Scott Hill (knee injury), Paul Cordonnier (double hip surgery), Georgie Kemper (double hip surgery), Diane Magoto, Jeff Barrett, Jerry Malloy, Jack Borgerding, Jerry Paulus, Dave Flatter, Bev Holsapple, Norma Raterman, Rita Glick, Noah Evans, Lois and Jim Youngker, Linda Wilson, Adam Schwieterman, Kevin McCoy, Judy York, Delores Williams, Sam Yagle, Lexi Fliehman, Jan Turner, Barb Goubeaux, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Dan Monnin, Michelle Ullom, John Davis (dialysis), Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith, Bob Homan and all those who are sick, suffering, hospitalized or homebound.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ann Reed (81) and Betty (Hemmelgarn) Jutte (85), also remembering the lives of Mark Dotson and Edward Mumaw, Stephanie Applegate, Elmer Stuck, Tom Henry, Steve Subler, Stew Prakel, Robert Smith, Geary Fraley, Rhys Bowman, Dorothy Hiler, Myrl Wilson, Leo Barga, Nelson Barga, Paul Bey, Elizabeth Robinson, Dale Snedecker, Gary Simon, Ann Bergman and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing.
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” ~George Washington
“You have two choices in life; either get busy living or get busy dying.” ~Unknown
“The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.” ~Unknown