Challenges are a certainty in life, no one can avoid them. As John Adams said “Challenges are opportunities in disguise.” I believe challenges force us into action to keep us from stagnating — pushing us towards our full potential, for good or bad.
When we are in the middle of a predicament we can’t always see the forest for all the trees, let alone recognize complications as opportunities. In fact, some challenges seem to be of our own making, such as; placing too much responsibility upon oneself, ignore rules and requirements, and not seeking good counsel.
Although it might be difficult to watch someone going through self-inflicted hardships it’s even harder to be drawn into their tragedy when they ask for our help. But therein lays our opportunity to either; 1) help a neighbor, 2) learn from their mistakes, or 3) help a neighbor learn from their mistakes.
Challenges can be overwhelming and occasionally we coward from them instead of facing them for fear our decision will be incorrect or because making decisions is difficult. But probably the lesson learned is of more value than the path chosen.
When life gets too rough or complicated we begin to long for simplicity. Most often the way to a simpler life is by removing the complexities. The complexities we choose to cast away can lead us to a deeper spiritual life or ground us solidly into a worldly life. Either way change is inevitable.
If we believe our live is a gift and we in turn give ourselves as a gift then we also know that we are not in control. This knowledge can provide great peace even in the middle of a crisis.
Saturday morning from 9- 12 p.m., the Versailles Garden Club will be selling greenhouse flowers at the old firehouse on the corner of Center and Wood streets.
Also Saturday starting at noon, Living Waters Ministry is hosting a dance fitness fundraising event “Refit Revolution. Get your sneakers on, bring $5 (plus a little extra since there’s a bake sale and 50/50 raffle), and get ready to dance yourself into better shape.
Also Saturday is the Versailles Prom, congratulations to this year’s court: Jessica Ahrens, Josh Elliott, Mariah Collins, Kyle Gigandet, Lexi Fliehman, Kyle Marchal, Courtney McEldowney, Adam Lyons, Megan VanSkyock and Denver Toner. There is a promenade held at the Versailles Cafetorium at 7:30 p.m., which is open to the public. (You may enter through door 10.) The king and queen will be crowned at 8:15 p.m.
A special hello and thanks to Rochelle and Norm Schlecty, Barb and John Berger, Lois and Jim Youngker and Linda and Pastor Wilson for their kind and supportive words also, happy retirement wishes to Paul Monnin.
Congratulations Lauren Monnin, daughter of Jodie Bohman and Dan Monnin, who signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Edison State College and study Business. Congratulations to Brett McEldowney, son of Julie and Scott McEldowney, who signed a letter of intent to play baseball at University of Northwestern Ohio and study Business Administration. Also congratulations to Kristin Langston, daughter of Cindy and Jeff Langston, who signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Ohio Northern University and study business management.
Happy birthday to Ruth Kremer, Tiffany Fine, Brandy Spencer, Christina Chrisman, Barb Sanderson, David Nixon, Gabe Cusick, Joe Cusick, Pastor Kelly Moody, Charles Broering, Michelle Baker, Kylie Kremer, Aunt Lois Magoto, Marti Phelan, Don “Mushy” Marchal, Elizabeth Eiting, Larry Boos, Julie Barlage, John Bruns, Angie Cromwell, Jerry Magoto, David Nixon, Kristina Marshall, Whitney Mann, Christina Chalmers, Pam Spitzer, Brian Hemmelgarn, Jason Hemmelgarn, Linda Moody, Tony Luthman, Antrum Stewart, Julie Covault, Kyle Christian, Larry Langston, Isabele Henninger, and Steffani Crummett as their birthdays approach. Anniversary wishes to Kim and Mike Hayes (13), Jenny and Chris Hamilton (14), Rhonda and Keith Moorman (26), Lil and Steve Borchers, and Cyndie and Mark Rhoades (45).
Supportive and healing prayers for all of us who are dealing with any of life’s many challenges, and especially for Ray Francis, Lois Youngker, Linda Wilson, Judy York, Jim Youngker, Delores Williams, Sam Yagle, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Evelyn Bernholt, Cyril Frantz, Norma Magoto, Dave Francis, Ann Paulus Pedersen, Dan Monnin, John Davis, Carl Drees, Dave Magoto, Bob Homan, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith, Michelle Ullom, the hospitalized, and home-bound.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Wilma Zumberger (84), Lonas “Von” Spitzer (89), and Mary Ann Heitkamp (90), also remembering the lives of Jean Meyer, Rita Hilgefort, George Coffield, Herbert Huber, Jean McGlinch and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” ~Albert Einstein
“When we put our problems in God’s hands, he puts his peace in our hearts.” ~Unknown
“When life gives you more than you can stand, kneel.” ~Unknown
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.