Greetings Fellow Rotarians. This week we are doing virtual greetings since handshakes, fist bumps, high fives and hugs are just not safe or responsible at this time. I do love that Jeanie is still putting together “the Messenger” so we can stay in touch! It has been a crazy couple of weeks full of frustration, disappointment, and having little control over how we are able to live our lives. Being a person who very much leans to being an introvert I am even struggling with the lack of social interaction I am able to have. I don’t even know that I am actually missing out on things that I would have done, or it is more the idea that someone is telling me I can’t do them.

I heard someone on the news trying to rate how Americans are going to do with “social distancing” “self-quarantining” and “shelter in place” because American’s don’t like being told what to do. I one  hundred percent agree with that statement and trust me – you can ask my mama – I never liked being told what to do! However for the greater good of hopefully putting a quicker end to the spread of this virus I am trying my best to do as I am told.

I do miss my Rotary family terribly and hope you are all staying well. I do want to leave you with a poem that I found. Although things can seem gloomy right now, we need to cherish what we have.

Have a good week and know that you are all in my thoughts. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Shelly Romine

Time Goes By
© Crystal Lewis
Time goes by and slips away
Just as the sky turns from blue to grey.
We are here but only for a short stay.
Don't let life pass with words you never say.
Don't live in anger, with fear and regrets.
Seek forgiveness and lay your pain to rest.
Don't judge too quickly, as you may be wrong.
Instead, choose to live life as an uplifting song.
When tears fall, wipe them away
As they will only last but for a day.
Sometimes we hurt because we care.
Sometimes life seems unfair.
We make mistakes we wish we could change
And wonder how our life could be rearranged.
Second chances last only for so long, reach out to others
As we are all sisters and brothers.
There are angels in heaven that watch us every day.
They look over us as we laugh and play.
Live with joy, and when you lie down at night,
Thank the Lord and release any strife.
Shelly is greeting you with a friend she met at the Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, Washington.