As Seth Sees It
Jan. 16, 2017
My father, Franklin Sherwood, taught economics at the Univ. of Massachusetts in Amherst back in the 60s. I remember visiting his office frequently and how he always carried his worn leather briefcase. It was filled with papers, pens, some books and yes there was always a pack of Kent cigarettes in there too. He smoked a lot.
One of my earliest and clearest memories is from the late 60s or early 70s when my dad told my mother, brother and I that we would not be going to school on this one particular Monday in January. Instead, Dad, Bradley and I were going to march in a parade. We marched up West Street all the way to UMass. I didn't know the reason why until years later when my mother told us that it was to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.
This memory rests deep in my heart and makes me grateful that I had a father who stood up for what he believed was right. Thank you Dad.
Fast forward to 2017. With so many things in life these days which seem to be out of control or even headed in a destructive direction, I am reminded of what Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
Before I start to catastrophize, it's always a good idea for me to first and foremost put everything in God's hands. He's in charge. He knows what's going on. This is not only what I need to do first, it's what I need to do on a regular basis. Throughout the day, morning, noon and night.
When I put Him first and let go and let God, I am able to clearly focus on what's in front of me. My family, my work, my health, you name it. There comes a peace. The peace of God, which passeth all understanding.
Continuing to do this helps me and can help you make 2017, Your Best Year Ever!!!