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Monday, Aug. 29, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

“I understand just what you’re going through.” “I’ve been in your shoes.”

Those are two of my least favorite lines from one of my most favorite songs, “The Walk” by Sawyer Brown.

In the lyrics, lead singer Mark Miller shares the story of a father helping his boy deal with life’s stresses at various stages, explaining that they are parts of life we all face.

Kind of.

My response to “I understand just what you’re going through”: No, you don’t.

My reply to “I’ve been in your shoes”: No, you haven’t.

Not exactly anyway.

Each one of us leaves individual footprints on this earth, as we all have unique experiences that make us who we are. As a result of these millions of experiences, no one of us is exactly like another. And, as such, we respond and react differently in various situations.

Psychologists would like us to believe we all fit nicely into a handful of personality types. I have been fascinated with this approach and have studied the various theories since my early twenties, mostly to help me better understand what motivates different types of people. Thirty years later, I am still learning, as I continue to meet people who don’t quite fit into the precast molds. I don’t understand what they are going through, because I haven’t been in their shoes.

I have come to accept that our unique experiences should be cherished. We clearly need to find common ground and celebrate how we are alike, but we also need to understand that we have important differences, too. That’s why we all react differently to difficult challenges like divorce, disasters, disease, death and other horrible things that don’t start with a D.

Meanwhile, I fully agree with another line in Sawyer Brown’s song: “Don’t worry, boy; it will be all right.”

Yes, it will.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


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We’ll see a few morning showers today before mostly sunny skies move in. The rest of the forecast is dry and warm, with highs in the middle 80s all the way into the weekend!

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

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Meet Ben Vonheeder

Making math and science fun.

By T.K. West

Ben Vonheeder, who graduated from high school in Hinton, attended Northwestern College before teaching fifth grade in Le Mars. This year, he will be joining the Norwalk Community School District as a fourth-grade math and science educator at Lakewood Elementary School. Vonheeder is looking forward to getting to know the people in the community and forming relationships.

“I am most looking forward to working in a district that has a history of setting high standards and reaching those standards. To me, that creates a great environment for helping students reach their full potential,” he says.

.. Read More In the August issue of Norwalk Living.

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Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Liam Payne, Lea Michele, Carla Gugino, Temple Grandin, Iris Apfel

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you do with old German cars?
SEND THEM TO THE OLD VOLKS HOME! Rich Hoidahl, Diane Doro. Also giving it a try was Gail Tomlinson

Today's Riddle

A submission from Rex Post: How do you double the value of a German car?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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