From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 38

Spring 2001 CSANews Issue 38  |  Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.Back to list


Well, our seventh Snowbird Extravaganza has come and gone. If you winter in Florida and you missed the show ­ too bad. Our new location and time brought out the largest crowd ever, and they had a great time. The Lakeland Center is where our Association began back in 1992. It is great to be part of such a success story but, remember, we can't let go or we'll suffer the consequences.

Let's take a look at this thing called living. Have you been feeling sorry for yourself lately? Let's philosophize a little. Modern technology has shrunk the world to a size at which we can see what's happening everywhere.

We used to say that if we woke up in the morning, we'll have a good day. I contend that it is great to wake up in the morning, but don't let that be the highlight of your day.

Take a look around:

If you wake up in the morning with more good health than illness ­ you are more blessed than a million who will not survive the week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in this world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in this world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 per cent of the people in this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change on your dresser, you are among the top eight per cent of the world's wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare, even in Canada and the United States. If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed, because many can but most do not.

If you can hold someone's hand, hug him/her; touch him/her on the shoulder, you are blessed, because you can offer a healthy touch.

If you can read this message, you have just received a double blessing, in that someone was thinking of you. Furthermore, you are more blessed than more than two billion people in the world who cannot read.

Now that you've waded through that heavy philosophical stuff, here is some Texas wisdom for you.

Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.

Letting the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than putting it back in.

There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.

On February 21st, Beth and I attended the CSA Medipac information meeting in Port Charlotte. We haven't missed one since the inception of CSA. It is a wonderful feeling to stand at the entrance and greet so many old friends. It was an even greater thrill when President Bob Jackson asked how many of the more than 500 people attending were CSA members, and most responded positively. It was a great meeting.

We returned back to Port Rowan in mid-April. Our five-month stay in the south seems to go by all too quickly but, judging from the comments from the kids back home, we're glad we were in the south.

Have a great summer!