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05.14: Farewell (for now)

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Mikey's REALLY Relevant Thot for the Day:
"Success consists of getting up just one more time than you've fallen down."

This is not an April Fool's joke. Note the date. It is not April 1.


This is the next-to-last Mikey's Funnies post - maybe. Here's why:

Last week I was laid off at my job at Youth Specialties, due to some restructuring in the company. The changes seem to make sense, but that doesn't make it any easier.

In retrospect I had 12 awesome years at Youth Specialties. I'm proud of what I accomplished. And I'm grateful for what YS did for me and my family. (How many people can say all that about a job?)

All that being said, there's still a real sense of loss, as YS has been like a family for over 12 years. And while I have made friends for life there, an organization's first commitment is to its mission. They did what they thought was necessary.

Thanks to Hume Lake Christian Camp, my wife and I got some time to get away last weekend to process, decompress, and pray. It was just what the Doctor ordered!

I'm actually at peace about this. We've already seen God's hand in it - and that He will have something better. I'm not totally sure what I'll be doing next, but some ideas are starting to crystallize.

It's moments like this that those seemingly trite phrases all of a sudden don't seem very trite...like "I don't know the future, but I know Who holds the future."


YS has graciously offered for me to take the Funnies wherever I go. So I will have the list of e-mail addresses. Of course, I'm not sure where I'll land, but if it makes sense, this list may resurrect.

If it does, you'll have the opportunity to immediately unsubscribe, if you desire.

And there will be one more "Funny" sent out later today. You know my heart is with the military, so it will be my favorite Memorial Day post.


This is not a joke. I know, I asked for it. (For those of you not around then, last year on April 1, I sent a post saying I had been fired. It was a joke then.)

Not this time.

Blessings to you...we appreciate your thoughts and prayers...


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