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Think On the Good Things

The Way She Sees it

February 19, 2017
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Do you have that one song, movie, or something else that evokes strong emotions of the "good ol' days" or perhaps even of a time in your life gone by, leaving some tears running down your cheeks? Most women right now probably are saying, "of course" while we macho men have hardly any idea what it is to cry. At least that's the persona we wish to convey to the world.

But I am different in the male scheme of things. No, not that different. I'm just quite comfortable in my own skin.

There is one movie that includes the one song that evokes such strong emotions in me. The movie and the song have the exact same title. It came out in 1967, starring Sidney Portier and Lulu, a new talent at that time, who sang the title song called, "To Sir With Love."

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I loved the movie and fell in love with Lulu. Every time I hear the song on the radio or watch the movie, a couple of tears well up in my eyes. And I'm not sure exactly why.

It reminds me of my high school days at South Tama. I graduated in 1969 but was quite shy, introverted and unsure of myself during these years of my life.

Of course, I did have those Sheda "good looks" but alas, I didn't have much self confidence or assurance . So when that song hits my ears or I watch the movie, it reminds me a little of what might have been. I always

remember the quote, "Youth is wasted on the young." How true! If I only knew then what I know now. There's nothing wrong with pondering what might have been, but we shouldn't stay there, right?

One of my favorite Bible verses is found in the book of Philippians, chapter 4, verse 8: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things."

Isn't that a neat quotation? I am such a blessed man. I choose always to think upon the good things in my life.

Every Sunday night, our kids come over to our house; we eat supper together and then we clear the table and play the goofiest, silliest board-type games we can find. We are on a brand new one right now called "Pie-In-Your-Face" I think. The title is pretty self-explanatory. And everyone gets a big dose of cool whip or whip cream right in the.....ah, face.

I truly love Sunday nights. If you think about it, let me know some of the ways you are blessed. I'm sure you have many.

That's The Way I See It.

Let me know how you see things at or call me at 319-327-4640.



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