Hook, Line and Sinker!

Happy Monday, All!

Here’s to hoping your weekends went well. It seems, the more I live, and, the more mature I get, the more I must employ acceptance. For example, this weekend past was one in which we were to see the return of the “Air and Sea Show” here in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In the past, it had been sponsored by McDonald’s. After 5 years had gone by, and, several other sponsors were located and stepped up to the plate, so to speak, it was rescheduled.

What always made the show here so special was the location and ambiance of the famed Fort Lauderdale Beach. A lot of people prefer the more congested Miami Beach and even beaches further north including Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach both in Florida. Yet, I’ve grown accustomed to the beaches here which are right on the water with hotels, restaurants and shops, not to mention Beach Place, which has several floors of establishments like Hooter’s, Fat Tuesday’s and most recently even Sonic’s fast food restaurant! In addtion, the beaches are much closer to the actual street of A-1-A.

Well, Saturday came and it was rainy. I had had an appointment scheduled anyway for Saturday afternoon and was planning to go to the Show early, hit my appointment and then go back to the Beach to see the latter part of the Show. It didn’t happen for ME as a result of the overnight rain, early morning rain, and finally the swollen traffic on all the roads connecting to the Beach. The most I saw was five planes flying in formation about 10 blocks from the Beach for about a minute and a half, maybe.

Sunday’s Show was cancelled because it rained all night and most of the morning. Vendors had shut down on the Beach after the announcement was made to cancel Sunday’s performances due to the weather. It was anticipated that a million people would be viewing the long awaited event. So, I had to be cool and embrace alternatives to the show’s cancellation, as did many many other people. It was promised that the event would return next year, and, those who had tickets for various VIP locations, would still be honored and accepted. I watched the NBA playoffs both Saturday and Sunday, and, made some adjustments. Sometimes, it is important not to count on things or people, places and events to the point that it stifles your ability to respond properly. I remember episodes in my life where my reactions had caused some unanticipated and unnecessary challenges. Don’t be taken “hook, line and sinker” by anything in life that may make you react, rather than take the appropriate action.

“A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action not reaction.” – Rita Mae Brown

Today, I will pause to notice the choices I have in the moment between someone’s action and my reaction. (TOUCHSTONES April 30th)

Have a great week . . . and I’ll try to stay dry! Still rainin’ . . . still rainin’!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

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