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A positive message

Dear readers - please have enough courage to always trust love one more time. And then again one more time. Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is LOVE!

  The beginning of a new year gives us hope that things can go better than in the past. If the past has been good, maybe it can even improve upon what you already have known or feel. Hope springs eternal!

  We always have a chance to try, try, and try again, and that comes directly from God - the giver of all good things. Do we believe, or do we just say so? I’m optimistic that retirement (yeah right, I’d like to see that) can be as good, or better than all the work done in the past, or even now in the present or future. We can’t control the wind, but we always can adjust our sails and then we can make use of the positives that blow against us - not pay attention to all the negatives.

  We are His living art, created to hang up, hang on, stand up, forbear, continue and encourage others also. Thank you.

—Dave Swenson