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Time is now

---No more negative outlook

Mike Heine/The Week

Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published July 5, 2007, 1:32 p.m.)

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Dear WC,

I have read your column every week for the past year and a half. I wish I could read all the columns prior to those. I find the column enlightening, enchanting and life saving.

When I read your first letter I had the "Why me?" attitude about life. How come I don't have more? How come this isn't happening on my behalf? I was always very upset, thought life owed me something and I wasn't getting enough.

The first time I read your column someone had actually stuck it in my mailbox with a note stating, "I think you should read this." It was not signed, so I wondered who would give me this and why. I read it and I cried. Then I noticed what newspaper it was in so I went and got the next week's paper. Sure enough, I read that column and once again, I cried.

After several weeks of shedding tears over the pain and sorrow experienced by other people I began to feel ashamed of myself. How could I have thought that my life was so bad? I started to realize how good I really had it and I began to appreciate my job. I started to appreciate my drive to work and my not new, but good car. I appreciated that where I worked the business was doing well even if I didn't get a raise this year. I appreciate now what I am getting paid. I also appreciate my family.

I found out how much I appreciate my family just the other week. My sister told me how much she always loved me but she felt so distanced by my negative attitude all the time. My sister and I used to be so close and then we grew apart because of my negative outlook. During the times of reading your letters we became closer and I learned to appreciate my family again.

Last week my sister said, "You have become such a better person since I put that 'Time is Now' column in your mailbox." I looked at her with tears in my eyes as we were hugging for the first time in many years and I asked, "That was you that loved me enough to help me get my life back together?"

"I only left you the column, hoping you would read it," she said. "I left the rest up to 'Time is Now' for you to see what real problems people are having out there."

At this time I want to thank you for writing this column and bringing our neighbor's situations to us, the true pain that is happening all around us and I most of all want to thank you for helping them and for helping me.

God bless you and may God give you strength to continue on as more work like yours is needed.

Thank you,

A restored believer in life and God

D ear readers and my dear letter writer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your words of encouragement with us. They inspire me and give me strength to continue on in my daily battle to ease the burden of pain and sorrow of those in need around us. I thank all of you for participating in our mission in our communities. I thank you for reading the column and all of you, who like this sister share our good works with you others.

I cannot tell you all how much it means to all of us to be together, to network in God's grace.

Love and God bless each and every one of you. I thank all of you for acknowledging your fellow creations of God and sharing and caring, easing the burdens of those around us.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone, WC

A special thank you to: Hogan's Goat and all who participated in the golf outing at Evergreen Golf Club, the Delavan Downtown Business Association and their wonderful Give Back to Your Community Day event in honor of Jim and Jean Baker's 55th wedding anniversary, Martin Business Group, Susan Endes, Mr. and Mrs. Jim McDonald in honor of the marriage of Linda Struck and Jim McDonald, Southeastern Wisconsin Title Company, Todd, Elizabeth, Jules and Sarah Pienkos, Erik, Eve and Olivia Olander, Tim and Kim Graham in memory of Irene Lesniewski, LeRoy Vogt, Douglas Thorp, Margaret Guidarelli, Linda Wade, all of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes and the businesses that allow our donation boxes.

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