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Take A Mulligan

The Way I See it

September 9, 2018
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Dear Parents,

As your children are beginning a brand new school year, here are a few thoughts that I'm sure everyone already does, but this column had to be filled with something. Here are some words of advice for all parents and grandparents to help your sons and daughters to become the very best they can become. It all starts at the home....

Let's teach our kids to be generous by being generous ourselves; with our time, our money, our friendship and our willingness to help others.

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Remember to be kind.....ALWAYS.

We can disagree and still be friends. We don't have to resort to name-calling, insults or mean sarcasm. Just agree to disagree.

Don't get too upset about a bad test grade or failure of any sort. You don't fail until you quit. Yogi's advice, "It ain't over till it's over."

Memorize and use these words whenever necessary; I'm sorry; Forgive me; May I help you; Please; Thanks; Have a great day; Be blest.

Remember to celebrate all of life's moments. Nothing like getting together and enjoying all the aspects of life.

Smile. If nothing else, people will wonder what your up to.

Life is not all about money, but money is important. Good rule to begin;10% to God; 10% to yourself; 80% to live on. You will retire rich in many ways.

Learn from other's mistakes. We just don't have enough time to make them all ourselves, do we?

Don't let failure define you. Talk positive, think positive, believe positive and get back up and give it another try. Never give up!!

You are absolutely responsible for your life. Stop complaining and blaming everyone else.

Life is not fair. The sooner you figure this one out, the better off you're gonna be.

Give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe what they said to you or what they did to you was simply they were having a bad day.

Respect everyone's journey. We may not agree but then again we don't know the whole story.

And finally, realize that somewhere along the path of life, you will have bad days, cars break down, headaches, pain, sorrow and days you may not think you can get through. But you can. No one is exempt from life's tough times. Surround yourself around people who care about you. And remember to laugh at yourself every now and then.

You can change............Did you notice the change in the column's title? After many years, it was time for a change. So when all else fails, go ahead and "Take A Mulligan." You'll feel better. Get a hold of me at or simply call me at 319.327.4640



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