Commentary: Life Lessons, Line By Line

first_imgBy John INDIANAPOLIS – A while back, I was hustling through a mall to get to a business lunch.It was the holiday season. Kiosks dotted the concourse.A young woman stepped out from one of them and thrust a tube of some sort of miracle cream at me.Would I be interested in trying a sample, she wanted to know.I smiled and told her I was in a hurry to get to a meeting.Undeterred, she pressed on.“Can I ask you a question?” she said. “How do you feel about all those lines on your face?”I stopped, turned and gave her a much bigger smile.“Like I earned every one of them,” I said and then headed off to my meeting.I’m about to have a birthday.Number 60.When I mentioned that to a friend a few days ago, she responded with the cliché.“Oh, you don’t look 60,” she said.Well, yeah, I do. And that’s okay. As that great philosopher Popeye put it, I yam what I yam.I’ve never understood our culture’s obsession with youth. The same goes for our seeming disdain for old age.It’s not that I didn’t enjoy being young. I did. I had fun in my 20s and 30s. I learned the lessons I was supposed to from those years and passed many pleasant hours while I did so. They were good days.But so were the days that followed. In most ways, they were better. I married. My wife and I had children. My work got richer, deeper and more rewarding in all ways.Much of that happened because my life ripened. With time and experience, I became more assured and less insecure. I learned to savor the moments and the people I encountered better and more fully. I discovered the value of taking a deep breath, doing a five-count before responding and of trying to consider the situation from the other person’s perspective.Each additional year reinforced the lesson about the importance of forgiving others and, just as often, myself. There are burdens we must carry in life, but there also are some we don’t have to bear. And shouldn’t bear. Resentment and regret can be among the heaviest. We should set them down whenever we can.It’s easy to glorify the energy of youth, because it can be intoxicating. When I was a young man, I loved being able to run 10 miles as hard and fast as I could without having to worry about pulling anything or being sore the next day.It’s true that my gait isn’t as fast as it once was. Age has made me a step or two slower in most things, including rushing to judgment. And that’s to the good.We say that life is a journey, not a destination.Too often, though, we act as though it was a journey that should be stopped – or paused – near the start. Our cultural preoccupation with staying eternally young means that we think of our lives too often as a series of losses – lost youth, lost vitality, lost chances – rather than a series of gains.Gained experience.Gained appreciation.Gained wisdom.Each is a gift that time alone can offer us. For that reason, a satisfying old age should be an aspiration, not an anticlimax.What the young woman in the kiosk with the miracle cream was trying to sell me was the same notion that so much of our culture tries to push – that my life would be better, that I would be better, if I could pretend to roll back the clock and look younger once again. She, like so many other people, wanted me to feel bad that I’d grown older.To many people, I suppose, my face might have looked better and more attractive when it was younger, unlined, smoother. But that fresh face was the one I was born with.This is the face, through both good days and bad, through success and failure, through hard work and hard lessons, that I’ve earned with the life I’ve led.Every line of it.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Date confirmed for Theophane title clash

first_imgKilburn’s Ashley Theophane will defend his British light-welterweight title against Steve Williams in Liverpool on 19 May.Promoter Frank Maloney won the purse bids to stage the fight, which will take place at Aintree racecourse and will be on the undercard of the British heavyweight clash between David Price and Sam Sexton.It will be Theophane’s third defence of the belt he took from Lenny Daws last year, meaning a victory would see the 31-year-old keep the coveted Lonsdale belt outright and remain on course for a possible world title shot.It will be his first fight since he recovered from a torrid start to overcome Ben Murphy with an 11th-round stoppage in December.Williams, 28, lost to Daws in 2010 – the Liverpudlian’s only defeat in 13 professional bouts.Related story: Theophane set to face WilliamsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fulham v Leeds United line-ups: Fulham duo out, Leeds man passed fit for Evans’ first game

first_imgGoalkeeper Joe Lewis comes in to the Fulham side for the game against Leeds United at Craven Cottage, while Tim Ream remains sidelined.The on-loan Lewis plays because Andy Lonergan was injured against Middlesbrough.Centre-back Ream missed that game and sits out this evening’s match too as he is still nursing a knock.Meanwhile, Leeds, playing their first match under new manager Steve Evans, are able to include Liam Cooper.Defender Cooper has been passed fit after shaking off a knee injury he picked up against Brighton.Fulham: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Garbutt, Pringle, Tunnicliffe, Christensen, O’Hara, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Rodack, Hutchinson, Fredericks, Parker, Kacaniklic, Husband, Woodrow.Leeds: Silvestri, Byram, Cooper, Bamba, Berardi, Dallas, Adeyemi, Murphy, Cook, Antenucci, Wood.Subs: Horton, Bellusci, Wootton, Phillips, Mowatt, Buckley, Botaka.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Media to experience the competitiveness of the province of Limpopo

first_imgThe Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies officially launches the upgraded Seshego Industrial Park in Polokwane on 28 July 2016. (Image: The DTI, Twitter)Johannesburg, Monday 29 August 2016 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Departments of Trade and Industry, Home Affairs, the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Research Foundation will host media in Polokwane, Limpopo where elements of the province’s competitiveness will be showcased. The visit is scheduled from Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September 2016.This comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to positively position South Africa’s competitiveness. Provincial and city brands are the building blocks of the Nation Brand. Competitive strengths of provinces and cities therefore impact positively on the South African Nation Brand.In this regard, the following sectors will be profiled in Polokwane: investment, manufacturing, agriculture, research as well as science and technology.Media will visit the Seshego Industrial Park recently re-launched by Minister Davies; the Seshego Hospital to experience early registration of birth to communicate how this will contribute to the integrity, credibility and reliability of the national population register; Kay T’s Green Tea – a South African company in the business of processing Kombucha Green Tea on a commercial basis for 8 years; the University of Limpopo where some scientific innovations will be showcased as well as attend the annual Awards function hosted by Minister Pandor and the National Research Foundation.Participate in the conversation on #ExperienceSA #SANationBrandlast_img read more

KORUS valuable for U.S. soy growers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to indications that the White House is preparing a withdrawal from the free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea, the American Soybean Association issued a stern warning that withdrawal from the pact, and the larger strategy of brinkmanship with regard to trade agreements by the White House, could have disastrous consequences for the nation’s soybean farmers.“Withdrawal from KORUS would hurt us all. As soybean farmers, we benefit greatly from exports, which contribute a $2 billion annual surplus to our nation’s balance of trade. Trade makes our local businesses and our communities stronger. Yet whether it’s South Korea, Mexico and Canada, or our neighbors on the Pacific Rim, we once again find ourselves fighting to communicate the value of trade to farmers,” said Ron Moore, ASA president. “With respect to South Korea, we supply nearly half of the 1.3 million tons of soybeans that country imports, with no tariffs as a result of the KORUS agreement. Most of Korea’s soybean imports, however, come from our competitors in Brazil and Argentina. If we withdraw, reinstatement of tariffs will make it hard to maintain our market share and will further increase our competitors’ advantage. And it would be devastating for our U.S. livestock customers who export meat products to South Korea.”Global competition for soybeans makes trade agreements like KORUS extremely valuable to U.S. farmers.“The idea that we’re the only game in town when it comes to selling soybeans or other agricultural products abroad is false. So is the notion that there’s always another country that will buy our commodities. Furthermore, even the threat to withdraw from this or any trade agreement is a dangerous course of action. Repeatedly walking our trade relationships to the brink, or actually breaking them, only weakens our standing abroad,” Moore said. “As American soybean farmers, we demand that the U.S. remain in KORUS, and that we move forward to negotiate new trade agreements rather than retreating from existing ones. We must expand rather than abandon access to essential overseas markets for the products we produce.”last_img read more

Video: ESPN’s First Take Debates Braxton Miller’s Position Change

first_imgStephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim on the set of ESPN First Take.If you aren’t a big fan of either Stephen A. Smith or Skip Bayless, you may want to skip this one. Friday, the two gave their takes on the Braxton-Miller-is-switching-positions news, and, as you might guess, it’s being met with a great deal of criticism.While Smith’s initial rant mostly goes in circles (per usual), he does mention that it initially gave him “cause for pause” when he heard that Miller, a black quarterback, was being encouraged to play another position. Considering the team’s other two options – J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones – are also black, he claims that this scenario is a bit different. Bayless, meanwhile, thinks that Barrett might win the position. According to Smith, there’s no chance of that happening.Enjoy, we think.last_img

Shaq Lawson: “We’re Going To Show Dalvin Cook Why He Should Have Come To Clemson”

first_imgShaq Lawson interviewed ahead of FSU game.shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateClemson and Florida State are set to tangle this Saturday, and more than likely, the contest will decide which team wins the Atlantic division in the ACC. Despite losing the last three matchups to the Seminoles, at least one Tigers player is confident about how his team will perform. Junior defensive end Shaq Lawson talked a bit of trash Monday, telling reporters that he believes that the Tigers will “show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson” by the time the game is over. Cook, at one point, was committed to play for the Tigers before flipping and attending FSU [email protected]_Lawson90 “We’re going to show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson by the end of the night.”— (@CUTigers_com) November 2, 2015#Clemson DE Shaq Lawson talks trash: “We’re going to show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson by the end of the night.” #FSU— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) November 2, has video of the press conference, if you’re interested.Cook has become a star this year, rushing for over 1,000 yards in just seven games. If Clemson is actually able to shut him down (provided he plays), it’ll have a much easier time leaving Memorial Stadium victorious.last_img read more

PM Appeals for Understanding As Roadworks Continue

first_img He cited Washington Boulevard in particular, where new sewer mains and other infrastructure are being laid. He said he is aware of the inconvenience and prolonged delays being experienced by motorists, who have to traverse these corridors. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is appealing for understanding as the Government undertakes road improvement works in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is appealing for understanding as the Government undertakes road improvement works in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine.He said he is aware of the inconvenience and prolonged delays being experienced by motorists, who have to traverse these corridors.He cited Washington Boulevard in particular, where new sewer mains and other infrastructure are being laid.The Prime Minister, who was speaking at his quarterly press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston on Wednesday (Aug. 15), noted that measures are being put in place to ease the discomfort.“As the work makes progress and we pave certain areas, we make those areas available and that has been easing the congestion on the road,” he said.“But, I can only appeal to the public to just bear with us. The longer term is a much better city for everyone,” he assured.The roads are being upgraded and widened to lessen congestion, particularly during peak hours in the mornings and evenings.These legacy projects are being undertaken through the Government’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).They include the Three Miles/Hagley Park Road in St. Andrew; Mandela Highway in St. Catherine; the Molynes Road/Washington Boulevard intersection; and Constant Spring Road.last_img read more