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Jim's Jottings

Think you're indispensable? Read this poem...

March 12, 2014 - It seems like our governmental leaders, and would-be DC leaders, are hell-bent on making us a dependent nation.

The President is leading the effort to widen the dole base and shrink the work force.

Our Obamanation is presenting thoughts that make the word "work" an unacceptable curse word.

How wrong this is. I've been in the work force longer than the vast majority of officials in our government.

Never in my 87 years, did I not want to to work.

Whether bussing tables at the Burdick Hotel in Kalamazoo during college, selling advertising for weekly newspapers in St. Johns or handling the work of a half dozens papers of my own.

Never did I not want to got to work.

I understand a lot of people think of work being back-breaking and monotonous. Too, many people believe they deserve better, never get a break and they deserve free funding.

Too, few realize work is fun, enjoyable and rewarding.

An earned income is the best. Get off your behind, take a long look in the mirror and convince yourself life can be good.

Improve you mental attitude. Release those negative thoughts. Read a Dale Carnegie book.

Take a walk on the positive side. Think good thoughts. You can improve your feeling about your life and the lives of those around you -- whether family or fellow workers.

Be happy, stay happy and continue thinking positive thoughts.

And, do what Jimmy Durante sang, "You gotta' start off each day with a smile."

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Every decade or so I repeat the poem, The Indispensable Man.

Sometime, when you're feeing important,

Sometime, when you ego's in the bloom.

Sometime, when you take it for granted,

You're the best in the room.

Sometime when you feel that you're going,

Would leave an unfillable hole,

Just follow this simple instruction,

And see how it humbles your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,

Put your hand in it up to your wrist;

Pull it out, and the hole that's remaining,

Is a measure of how you'll be missed.

You may splash all you please when you enter.

You can stir the water galore,

But stop, and you'll find in a minute,

That it looks just the same as before.

The moral in this quaint example,

Is do just the best you can,

Be proud of yourself, but remember

There is no indispensable man.

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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