My oh May
It is mid-April as I sit in my office writing this letter. We had a few really nice days, but it has turned back to rainy and chilly, which is to be expected in Michigan. There is a lot of uncertainty yet in our state and in the world. We don’t know as of right now if our governor is going to shut us down again or what is going to happen. This is causing a lot of stress for us all. Our future, our pocket books, any plans we have made -all in limbo. I hope that by the time this issue is out, if she did shut our state back down that we are re-opened. The stress is affecting us all. Even more if you have kids because I have a daughter in high school and she is back to online learning and all her sports are postponed and most likely for good this year. What is the positive?
We must always try to find the positive in every situation, but this one it is truly becoming harder and harder to find the light at the end of the tunnel. May I remind us all, including myself that it is always darkest before the dawn, this too shall pass and what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and that is some bold, hard truth literally! No matter what you are going through try to remember that others are also going through this and some even more! Just because a person wears a smile on their face or sounds happy on the phone, remember they may be suffering and dealing with a lot, but keeping it hidden on the inside. Just Be Kind!
Everyone needs to be kind to everyone because right now I can guarantee that the majority are suffering. Let us be there for one another and as I tell my daughter, “Be the kind of person that makes someone’s day, not ruins it”. As humans we hold a lot of power. Our words can do just that; make or break an attitude, make someone laugh, smile or cry… think about this for a moment. You hold that power! So let us decide each day to put a smile on our face even when we feel like crying, say something nice to someone even when you may want to throat punch them and make someone’s day, instead of ruining it. Even if they ruined yours. This is a viscous cycle and it can be stopped by just being kind. I hope that this resonates with someone and serves as a reminder that you are not alone.
Lastly, in my Mo advice letter this month as it appears, I want to remind you all that this month is Memorial Day. That day is to remind us all of our brave veteran heroes that lost their lives to give us Freedom as an American. Let us take a moment on that day and as many others as possible to show our gratitude to our living veterans by telling them, “Thank you for your service”! Please remember also that May is motorcycle Awareness month because it is usually when the weather officially turns nice and the bikes start coming out. Look twice, save a life. If you have kids, teach them this.
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Now for some “Mo” Advice a fitting quote:
“There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.”- Laurence J. Peter.