2018-02-28 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

My little granddaughter, Savannah, 22 months, loves to play with a chalkboard. She will continuously mark on it with colored chalk, change the colors and erase the markings, over and over again. Although she can’t actually write yet, I think that she is trying to get her markings “perfect” and that is why she erases the chalk board so much.

As I watch her, I can’t help but think that if only it were that easy for us to erase the “marks” we make on our lives and the lives of others. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The decisions we make, the actions we take, the words we say or don’t say, the looks we give, the attitudes we exhibit all leave marks on our lives, the lives of those we love, the lives of those with whom we have contact, and even the lives of those with whom we have no contact.

I’ve come to believe that our lives are like a stone thrown into a pool of placid water. The stone makes ripples throughout the entire pool once it hits the surface. Those ripples have an effect upon the water, causing it to move, rise and fall. Once disturbed, that pool of water is not the same. Changes have occurred.

Our lives also create change. From the moment we are born, we are initiating “ripples” in the pool of life that create change. Sometimes we create positive ripples and other times we create negative ripples. It all depends upon how we live our lives and respond to the circumstances we encounter and to the people who are placed in our realm of influence and contact.

Like Savannah erasing the chalk board, there have been times when I have wished that I could just “erase” something I said or did or an attitude that was wrong. But life doesn’t work that way. The best we all can try to do is learn from our mistakes and move forward with a renewed commitment to live in a positive manner that brings us peace and blesses others, no matter what the circumstances we are facing may be.

There is no “do over.” We only have one life on this earth to live and the consequences of how we live it are eternal!

Happy birthday this week to: Amber Davis, Jennifer Rich, Jeff Joyner, Ollie Moore Jr., Chad Holton, Travis Brown, Austin Kent, V. Keith Lattimore, Garfield Hendrix, Elizabeth Mosley, Anna Troisi, Reann Black, Lauren Garvin, Evelyn Richardson, Wendy Ward, Darrel Clifton, Hanna Forehand, Sophia Kent, Bryce Joyner, Libby Williams, Denise R. Bragg, Kim Landing, Tyson Bennett, Keri Williams, and Debra Clarke.

Happy anniversary this week to: Mr. and Mrs. George Larisey.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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