About You

Hi. We hardly know each other. And I know this won’t mean much coming from a stranger like me, but I have to say it: I’m sorry for what you’re going through.

I mean it. I am sorry. I’m sorry about the big and the little things that happen to you. I’m sorry you didn’t sleep last night. I’m sorry your back hurts. And I’m sorry about the long-term repercussions of fiscal American inflation.

Also: I’m sorry you don’t laugh as often as you used to. I’m sorry money doesn’t grow in the backyard—God help me, I am. I know what it means to work long hours and get nothing but a bloody lip in return.

I’m sorry your car won’t start. I’m sorry alternators cost more than booze-cruises to Barbados. I’m sorry that every time you get some money saved, your roof begins leaking, your water-heater goes out, your toilet backs up, or you need a root canal.

I’m double-sorry about the root canal.

I’m sorry your dog died. And for the sour feelings you get when you see the empty food-bowl on your kitchen floor.

I miss every good dog I’ve ever owned.

I’m sorry your loved one died recently. I’m sorry grief has become a permanent part of you, and that your heart has been polished with a cheese grater.

I’m sorry the doctor said you need surgery. I’m sorry you’re diabetic. I’m sorry your entire world caved in when they said, “Ma’am, you have cancer.” I’m sorry for the undiagnosed illness that no medical people can seem to figure out.

I’m sorry you have felt sick and rundown for so long that you don’t remember what the old you felt like.

I’m sorry life doesn’t go the way we want it. I’m sorry the clock runs out too quickly, and that our bodies don’t last longer.

I’m extra-sorry for anyone who feels unimportant. I know what it’s like to lose your confidence. Confidence is a funny thing. Once you lose it, you can’t get it back.

Such losses cause you to look carefully into mirrors. But, even though you stare long and hard, you don’t see what’s really there. Instead, you see a dumb face, a big nose, and two ugly eyes.

Then you walk through life, thinking of yourself as small. Maybe you can’t remember the last time anyone listened to you—and I mean, REALLY listened.

And all this makes you wonder. You wonder when things will get better. You wonder when someone will touch your shoulder and tell you they love you—with no strings attached. You wonder when someone will help you by telling you nothing and just holding you.

Well, I’m a painfully mediocre man. I drive a rundown truck that leaks oil. I have no achievements, and no credibility to my hillbilly name. You don’t know me, and you have no reason to keep reading my ten-cent words. But, there are a few things I believe:

I believe in good. I believe in you. I believe that you’re stronger than you think. And I believe that you are beautiful.

You are so beautiful, in fact, that a complete stranger stayed up very late tonight, writing what you just read. A guy who just wanted to tell you that I love you.

And you’re going to make it through this.

108 comments

  1. Jimmie Slaton - September 26, 2021 6:08 am

    Thank you, Sean! I’m so glad a every guy can write beautiful BUT masculine columns about everyday things! God bless you and your wife!

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  2. Kathy - September 26, 2021 6:18 am

    Thank you …
    For touching the part of me that hurts..
    For caring enough to touch that part of a stranger…
    For being real enough to know how to touch the heart of us all…
    And, for being the human that knows that every single one of us hurts and showing us we are not alone …

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  3. Steve McCaleb - September 26, 2021 6:23 am

    Dadgum it. I don’t know how you know when to do it….but you do. Somehow. Just when I feel like starting to scream and never stopping…..you come along and hit me up the side of the head with a toe sack full of feel good. Thank you my friend. Oh, and I forgive you….I was really kind of looking forward to a good scream.

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    • Susie - October 3, 2021 7:49 pm

      THAT’S FUNNY, Steve! Maybe YOU should write a column. I think you may have a gift of making people laugh. And we can ALL use that, especially now.

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  4. Carol Stern - September 26, 2021 6:47 am

    Sean you described my life so perfectly. Husband died 19 months ago. Financial stress. Back surgery. And mindless that is unbearable. I read your volume every day and love the observations and honesty you share.

    I know you and Jamie have suffered loss of her mother and I understand that grief snd hollowness it leaves. Continue to be the Southern voice.

    Carol Stern

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  5. Agnes Porfilio - September 26, 2021 7:49 am

    Well thanks! Got up here at 3:46 am with a bum back and worries. Thanks again and God bless you, dear man!

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  6. mayamiko 20 - September 26, 2021 8:26 am

    Thank you!

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  7. Vickie - September 26, 2021 8:27 am

    Some of this applies to me and it is wonderful to know that somebody cares.

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  8. oldlibrariansshelf - September 26, 2021 8:35 am

    Even the dry eyes of Sjogren’s Syndrome give way in the incredible compassion of your words. Thank, ALWAYS, Sean!

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  9. Beth Anne - September 26, 2021 8:45 am

    Thank you, Sean.
    You are perfect and beautiful and I love you.

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  10. Sandra Law - September 26, 2021 9:05 am

    Just what I needed today… you are wonderful, sir…. Thank you

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  11. Chip Noon - September 26, 2021 9:23 am

    Thank you! I love you too.

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  12. Larry E. Notestine - September 26, 2021 9:50 am

    Your daily packet of goodness comes in the quiet of morning. No harsh daily noise to drown it out. So your kindness and insight touches the heart more easily. You are a gift yourself, and you have a gift, if only to remind us we are not alone. Thanks always for that, Sean.

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  13. Donna Rotenberry - September 26, 2021 10:25 am

    Thank you for your heart felt words, for your love, for your compassion. We are all in this together, living and dying in this God given world. Love you too.

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  14. Gail Guinn - September 26, 2021 10:29 am

    Thank you, Sean. We needed this! God loves you, too!

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  15. Sandi. - September 26, 2021 10:31 am

    Words of encouragement are like oxygen to the soul.

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  16. Bar - September 26, 2021 10:45 am

    How’d you know I didn’t sleep well, that I don’t like looking in a mirror, that a dear family member has cancer, how’d you know I just need someone to hug me … it’s been along hard time.

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  17. Betty Martinez Lowery - September 26, 2021 10:51 am

    You may be many things, but painfully mediocre is not one. You are extraordinary! Jamie picked you, didn’t she? You know she doesn’t do mediocre! Your writing is a gift and a blessing to many. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

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  18. Diane Bailey - September 26, 2021 11:18 am

    Our pain can have a plan of its own. To develop in us a passion to ease pain for others. And in the passion we can frequently find a purpose to continue living with hope.

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  19. Dee Cook - September 26, 2021 11:30 am

    Precious words. Thank you. I love you too!

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  20. Te - September 26, 2021 11:42 am

    I sympathize with all the people who need to know your words because they don’t have anybody who will tell them what you just did. I feel for people who are at the end of that infamous tether and just one word of encouragement will keep them going, even from a red-neck (your words) stranger. I wonder if your words reflect your own despair and that nasty little tether you’re at the end of. Well, here’s some form an old lady. You can do it. To borrow from the song, you’re done it before and you can do it again! God knows I’ve told myself that often enough. Been there, done that. Except for the leaky roof. Had depression so deep, I couldn’t see a way out. Had debt so deep, I couldn’t see a way out of that either. Except I always did because I always kept going, and I have one trait that was learned, not born with – well, maybe two. Optimism. I’ve have learned to be disgustingly, annoyingly positive. And a belief that prayer is answered. Every time. Without fail. “Thank you for my perfect health.” Every morning, whether it feels like it or not. I don’t sweat the small stuff – and as someone else said, it’s ALL small stuff. It seems huge. All those worries can feel exhausting, and heavy and endless and hopeless and everything you said, but God’s got this. Every time. Without fail. So buck up, buttercup! You’re on this side of the dirt, God loves you, healthy if you claim it, and rich beyond knowing.

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  21. Lauren Garcia - September 26, 2021 11:43 am

    My mother actually sent me your writing and it resonated deeply with me in so many different ways. It felt like you wrote that excerpt to me as you hit on so many “rough spots” in my life. God let her find this tj send to me I think to let me know that I am going to stay alive and that I can’t give up I have to work harder to get my physical ailments under the best control I possibly can and it’s not my fault I got sick. So thank you. This means more than you’ll ever know. Sending love, prayers and positive vibes your way.

    Lauren Garcia

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    • Stacey Wallace - September 26, 2021 1:49 pm

      Praying for you, Lauren.

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      • Lulu - September 26, 2021 6:06 pm

        We don’t know each other, Lauren but I will be praying for you. Be strong…you can be…I’ve learned to overcome all the things that have been physically amiss with me. You can do it…believe it and keep trying. Don’t give up…just believe! Hugs wrapped in peace and joy!

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  22. Joan Moore - September 26, 2021 11:45 am

    Love you and you made Galatians 6:2 real for many who forget “bear one another’s burdens.”

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  23. kim walls powell - September 26, 2021 11:45 am

    Thanks, Sean. God uses you❤️

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  24. Trish Ezell - September 26, 2021 12:20 pm

    From one of those small people, I thank you for your words…. And I love and appreciate you.

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  25. Cheryl Newsome - September 26, 2021 12:21 pm

    Thank you. I needed to hear this today.

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  26. Jan - September 26, 2021 12:29 pm

    You always know just what to say and when to say it … your kind words and thoughts are much needed and appreciated. You are love personified and I appreciate you more than you could possibly know!

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  27. dapeek43 - September 26, 2021 12:37 pm

    Thank you Sean! I needed that!❤️

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  28. Pondcrane - September 26, 2021 12:43 pm

    I Love You, Sean.

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  29. Suzanne Moore - September 26, 2021 12:46 pm

    I love you right back, Sean! And your wife
    And your dogs. And even your poor old truck that leaks oil. And I love these daily posts which add warmth and truth to my life every single day. God bless you.

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  31. Cindy - September 26, 2021 12:57 pm

    Sean, you’re always encouraging in a time of need when you didn’t even know I needed it.
    I find myself to be very strong! I am a woman of 33 year marriage to a terminally ill man who continues to beat all the odds again and again with death knocking on the door 21 years ago with Pulmonary Fibrosis then just two months ago suffers and survived 7 heart attacks in two day. Yep a Superman indeed. I am also a very proud momma of 3 raised babies with their own babies of that two sons and another son on the way. Husband is hoping grandsons keep coming and a baseball team is formed.
    Despite every whack on the back of the head life gives us, there is always someone to encourage us to fight on. Today, that is you!! Thanks for that.
    As I’m watering the flower beds and hanging out with a tiny 4 pound rascal of a dog, who also came at a time of loss after a 12 year old perfect pup decided he wanted to go to Heaven and hang out with my daddy who always fed him steak, I’m just so thankful for all the simplest things.
    To that, I count your daily reading as such. Your heart is always in it, yet simple and true and so warming.
    Happy Sunday from the sunny Treasure Coast of Florida. God bless you, your family and your day 🤗

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  32. Melanie Ayres Merryweather - September 26, 2021 1:01 pm

    I love your work. You are an inspiration and give laughs but more importantly hope.

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  33. Gloria - September 26, 2021 1:01 pm

    I love you too Sean of the South!!! As my Mama use to say…”I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”.
    Gloria of Loris,SC

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  34. Phil - September 26, 2021 1:05 pm

    Sean,
    Your achievements are immeasurable every day.
    Everyone that reads your words is uplifted. But we all know that we are the captain of our own lives given by God.
    We all have achievements and if we feel that we have none then we are failing ourselves. We reach out for affirmation of who we are. You are one who helps us reconnect to our worth and our identity.
    Hope is your message. Your best tool is empathy. Your expression of that empathy is the keyboard and your outreach in interviews and appearances. (Not to mention your big heart, a loving wife and having the experiences of loving dogs.)
    God bless you and Jamie. God bless all your readers for we will make a difference through our love for each other.
    PJ

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  35. Gayle - September 26, 2021 1:05 pm

    I see myself in some of what you write and want to thank you for your compassion and understanding.

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  36. Mitzi - September 26, 2021 1:10 pm

    Love you too Sean, and thank you!

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  37. beverly - September 26, 2021 1:17 pm

    Thank you and may God bless you as well.

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  38. Ray Huckabone - September 26, 2021 1:38 pm

    Sean, my dog did die this week. I’ve told you about her. She is a Treeing Walker Coon Hound. She’s showing all the other hounds in heaven how to bay. I miss her.

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  39. Stacey Wallace - September 26, 2021 1:46 pm

    Sean, thank you. Believe me, you aren’t mediocre at all; you are outstanding. This retired, ” Pooh-sized” teacher gives you an A+ as a human being. Also, you’re no stranger because I know you very well through your writing, which gets an A+, too. Love you!

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  40. Nancy Crews - September 26, 2021 1:53 pm

    ❤your writing! Thank you! Iove you too!

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  41. Judy Broussard - September 26, 2021 2:12 pm

    I love you too Sean. I’m reading this as I prepare for church. A lot of what you wrote pertains to me. Thanks for your daily writings. Give Jamie a hug for me. ❤️

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  42. Barbara L - September 26, 2021 2:12 pm

    Sean, you truly are a gift that the world needs right now. Thank you for your words that touch so many of us.

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  43. Sue Adams - September 26, 2021 2:25 pm

    Thank you. I needed that!

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  44. Lois hager - September 26, 2021 2:27 pm

    Thanks again, I cannot express how much good you are presenting to the world with your REAL words. We all need each other so much.

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  45. Betty Hunt - September 26, 2021 2:28 pm

    Thanks! I needed that. You made my day.❤️

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  46. Carol Simon - September 26, 2021 2:43 pm

    How do you look know when I need encouragement the most? Thank you so much, Sean.

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  47. Diana - September 26, 2021 2:44 pm

    🙋🏻 Your words are a blessing & right on time. I’m a big fan of plain speaking & you are so good at it. You get right to the heart. Thank you.

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  48. Maggie Priestaf - September 26, 2021 2:52 pm

    Thank you, Sean…

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  49. Jim - September 26, 2021 3:05 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to stay up last night and write this. Beautiful!!

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  50. Judy Mercer - September 26, 2021 3:11 pm

    Thank you, Sean, for seeing into our hearts and minds…and expressing what we are feeling!! Seems to take a load off our shoulders…

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  51. Tawanah Fagan Bagwell - September 26, 2021 3:24 pm

    I felt like you were speaking directly to me in a lot of the ills that you listed. Most people reading that can identify with a good many of them. What you say and write do make a difference and I thank you for staying with this and giving us hope! God bless you.

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  52. Lynn Carol Owen - September 26, 2021 3:29 pm

    Great words, as always. Love you, too, Sean.

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  53. NancyB - September 26, 2021 3:46 pm

    Hi Sean–Thank you! I have been dealing with vertigo since the second week in August and nothing about life has been the same. However, I’m choosing to stay positive. More time to write and send notes to friends and acquaintances. More time to pray for my family, friends, country, and people I know are hurting. More time to sit on the back deck and watch nature pass by–birds, deer, rabbits, squirrels, the occasional turkey, along with butterflies and hummingbirds who are stopping by for a good meal on their way south. More time to read. More time to rest. Did I choose this to happen? No. Am I ready for it to be gone? Yes! But can I choose to remain positive about life while dealing with constant room spinning dizziness that causes motion sickness and a “drunken sailor stagger” when I walk? Double YES! And on days when I forget and start to slide into the “poor pitiful mes,” I read your column and am reminded someone cares. Thank you!

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    • Lulu - September 26, 2021 6:13 pm

      Hello, Nancy! You and I sound like twinsies w/vertigo and the craziness that goes along with it. I have friends/doctors who are lovingly working on mine…doing their best to help me. I am doing my utmost to overcome/deal with it and God is helping me. Boy, it takes time and after all, at 90 years of age I have time to work on it. Like you, I spend time writing notes, talking to others about what matters. I’m covered with caring love and I am sharing it 24/7. Praying you find relief for all this wacky illness…you’re on target about walking like a drunk. Stay strong and safe.

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      • Nancy M. Baker - September 27, 2021 2:12 pm

        Lulu–So sorry you are also dealing with vertigo. As you know, it is a life-changing syndrome. Oh, it’s not cancer, or ALS, or any of the other hundreds of life-threatening diseaseses. Just life altering. Praying that you are better today. Only bedn up about an hour, but so far seem to be walking a little more normally. Hope your day is blessed!

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    • Linda Holmes - September 27, 2021 1:35 pm

      You have my sympathy. I’ve had vertigo on and off for 20 years. I don’t know what you are doing for your vertigo or if you have seen a doctor. I started taking nonflushing niacin daily, Hylands makes a motion sickness pill and Meclizine when it’s really bad. Also my doctor prescribed a medication for nausea. Mine is primarily in my right ear so I try to sleep on my left side. I hope you have some relief. If you have found some thing that helps, I think you can reply here.

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      • Nancy Griggs - September 29, 2021 8:00 pm

        Have you tried the Epley Maneuvers? They are online and they help me when I get a bout. You have my deep sympathy about facing this life altering syndrome. Take care of yourself.

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    • Susie - October 3, 2021 8:01 pm

      Nancy, I’m so sorry about your vertigo condition. There are several successful treatments for it, google. You probably have, I’m sure. Exhaust them all. One of them might work for YOU. And how FORTUNATE you are, to have a back deck that looks out over what sounds like a piece of heaven! It IS TRUE what they say………..NATURE HEALS AND HELPS RESTORE A QUIET MIND. GOOD LUCK and I’m embracing you in my thoughts, Nancy.

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  54. Allison Hoge - September 26, 2021 3:52 pm

    Thank you Sean! Muah!

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  55. Fran Decker - September 26, 2021 3:59 pm

    Thank you Sean

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  56. Sandy - September 26, 2021 4:27 pm

    I love you too

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  57. Sue - September 26, 2021 4:44 pm

    Thank you dear man, you will never know how much this has helped me today.🙏🏻❤️

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  58. Gayle Wilson - September 26, 2021 4:58 pm

    Sean, no ten cents words in anything you write. They are pure gold to your readers.

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  59. Larry J Wall - September 26, 2021 5:10 pm

    Sean – over the years that I have read your daily epistles and been made aware of how much I have been missing by not listening to others and it makes us less by failing to do so. Besides your stories about those who are sometimes down and out, or those who need affirmation from some, you have given us the stories of those whose life is about doing good for others and those are the most encouraging to this old guy to try and help others. Thanks for your mission of encouraging us all.
    And I have been a reader of the commenters stories and thoughts as well. I feel I know some of the longtime regulars. I have not been seeing any comment lately from one I have read for a number of years and wonder if you know the status of the sweet lady who commented as EDNA B. She was one of my favs. I hope she is well.

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  60. Vicky - September 26, 2021 5:13 pm

    Thank you, Sean. And I love you right back.

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  61. Ann - September 26, 2021 5:28 pm

    Thanks, Sean! We needed this!

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  62. Linda Holmes - September 26, 2021 5:48 pm

    Thank you, Sean. What a buzz I got from you! I could feel myself lifting up to a brighter day. No, I’m not clinically depressed but little things have started to annoy me. I want desperately for us to get over this pandemic. I want to see my daughter’s family. They are all back in school and I worry over them. Today I will FaceTime them and laugh at their antics. I feel peaceful now.

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  63. Becky Kaufman - September 26, 2021 6:06 pm

    Thank you; I needed that this afternoon.

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  64. Wadena Sieler-Colbert - September 26, 2021 6:17 pm

    I loved this❣️ Thank you, you’re writing is always an inspiration and right after devotions the beginning of my day!

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  65. Angelyn McCaulla - September 26, 2021 6:20 pm

    Thank you. I needed this. If you only knew you were speaking directly to me.

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  66. Kathryn Lohmiller - September 26, 2021 6:38 pm

    Thank you. My 51 year old sweet loving son
    died two weeks ago. My heart hurts so. Although I believe he is in God’s arms and gone are the problems he felt were so insurmountable I ache knowing I will not feel his warm hug again.

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    • Louise - October 9, 2021 4:13 am

      Kathryn, praying that our dear Heavenly Father will comfort you and give you His peace.

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    • Susie - October 9, 2021 9:21 pm

      I’m so very sorry, Kathryn. 💔 This has helped me in the past; I would read it over and over, and felt somewhat comforted. “When his vacant place I see, my heart will bound for joy that he was mine for so long, and cheer for him whose work is done.” by Hughes

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  67. Dale Kyle Head - September 26, 2021 6:45 pm

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  68. Christina - September 26, 2021 7:07 pm

    You are #1 cheerleader, MVP in loving kindness, and extra credit for your humor! Thank you Sean

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  69. Cynthia Lyon - September 26, 2021 7:23 pm

    Thank you. So many people needed your message today. As you are well aware (as evidenced by your latest post and many others) there are so many people who just need to know that somebody, anybody, cares about them. You did that! Thank you

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  70. Sandra Wolfe - September 26, 2021 7:25 pm

    You apparently know what people needed to hear today Sean. At least most of us. I send it right back to you.

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  71. Irma Brown - September 26, 2021 7:40 pm

    Thanks Sean for the nice words. This past week has been a little rough on me and my foamily. My car broke down, had it towed, have not heard when it will be ready. My neighbor picked us up for Church today that was good. Sometimes I feel sorry for myself because I don’t walk to well , due to arthritis, and I get my house work done so slow these days, But guess what I have a daughter/grand-daughter adopted and she is beautiful, can sing like a bird is captain of the color guard in her band class. She is a Jr. in Highschool. I got a lot of good things in my life for which I am so Thankful for. Wanted you to know for sure that you are loved also. I love many people some who are so nice to me and a few who are not always so nice. I still love them because I know they are walking a lonely road and I pray for them that one day they will be able to love all people. God Bless you Sean keep those stories coming. I like reading them.
    Love & Prayers
    Irma

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  72. Suellen - September 26, 2021 7:57 pm

    So much of this applies to my life. I went to a psychologist a few years back and after the first getting to know you talk she said “You’ve just lost all confidence in yourself”. Still struggling to find the person I used to be and age and infirmity doesn’t help. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that we’re all dealing with something. You are a blessing to so many people.

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  73. Linda Moon - September 26, 2021 8:01 pm

    Root canal sorrys are appreciated. But my dentist is so nice and kind that the root work is worth driving 20 miles to his office for healthier teeth and lots of laughs, too. I’m “listening” to all your beautiful compassion, and I love you, Stranger Sean. I’ll keep reading your dime words while I’m making it through whatever comes next. Thanks for sending these late night words to a late night gal (me)!

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  74. Connie Pearson - September 26, 2021 8:13 pm

    Hi Sean. I want you to know that I REALLY listened to you last Thursday in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and I could have listened much longer. I was hoping for a Q & A session after you spoke, because I really wanted to hear what would pop into your head while you were answering unrehearsed questions. Maybe next time.
    Thank you for coming to North Alabama. We all long to be storytellers with your imagination and skill.
    Have a great week!
    P.S. Why in the world didn’t you have a book table set up? I NEEDED some more Sean books. 🙂

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  75. Melissa Armstrong - September 26, 2021 8:57 pm

    Perfect Timing, Sean. Thanks.

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  76. Karen Snyder - September 26, 2021 9:59 pm

    From the smile on the face of the typewriter header, to the assurance of your last sentence, this was uplifting and just plain beautiful. ❤️

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  77. THOMAS WALLIN - September 26, 2021 10:00 pm

    Thanks, Sean. You will get through this as well. We are thinking about you every day, especially when we all read your wonderful words. Keep them coming. They help you and us!

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  78. pianoman365Dereck Barnes - September 26, 2021 10:09 pm

    Thank you sean. I needed this today.

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  79. Karen Holderman - September 26, 2021 10:54 pm

    Sean, so many folks need your words. I wish everyone could find their joy and hope if they have lost it.

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  80. Lucretia Jones - September 27, 2021 12:36 am

    Thank you, Sean, for loving me. I love you! You are a good man!

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  81. Wanda Dupree - September 27, 2021 1:21 am

    Many thanks for the encouragement and thoughtful words, needed them today

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  82. Jewel - September 27, 2021 1:29 am

    We all love you too Sean, thank you for ways letting God work through you to love on us & give us the words we needed to hear & soul food we didn’t know we needed. You are such a blessing

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  83. Melissa Simpson - September 27, 2021 1:52 am

    Thanks….everyone needs to hear those thoughts.

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  84. Karen - September 27, 2021 2:58 am

    Thank you, Sean. Hardest week of my life. Your words hit me in the heart. Pretty sure you had some inspiration from above on that one.

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  85. Suzanne Hill - September 27, 2021 3:38 am

    I look at the news at the people at the border from my air conditioned house w/ electricity & feel bad. I should not be feeling bad! I am blessed.
    Sean it was w/ wet eyes I read this article. Thank you for telling me u love me. We all have problems, don’t we?
    I hope u & your bride are doing well after Miss Mary’s passing. We have a better place to go to if we are ready.
    Read your column every day.

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  86. Brenda Smith - September 27, 2021 3:51 am

    Had to say I love you, Sean, for giving me hope that all will be well and our dreams will come true. My heart is breaking as I speak, and you have reminded me that there is hope. I will continue to keep my prayers going and my attitude positive. You’re the best!

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    • Susie - September 27, 2021 8:17 am

      Hang in there, Brenda! After all, I love you, too! 👍❤️

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  87. Amy K Ray - September 27, 2021 12:09 pm

    Sean – thank you. I heard those words 10 days ago “Ma’am you have cancer” and hearing your words of encouragement were so needed this morning. My soul thanks you for being reminded that everything will be ok –

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  88. Emily - September 27, 2021 5:51 pm

    Oh, my. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I love all of your essays, but this one was especially needed. Thank you so much.

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  89. Renee Sedillo - September 27, 2021 7:04 pm

    Thank you so much for your wonderful words of kindness. I know you meant every word. I didn’t realize I needed to read this today. It has been a difficult summer but I do know how blessed I am. God bless you and yours Sean.

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  90. Susan Wolf - September 27, 2021 8:15 pm

    That’s what the good heart beneath the excellent words do – lighten the load and brighten our day and our minds. Strong work, you!

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  91. Bill Harris - September 27, 2021 10:54 pm

    Thank you Sean and I love you, too.

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  92. Larry J Wall - September 27, 2021 11:17 pm

    Sean, my second comment on this post but, after reviewing all of the comments, you have reached the hearts of so many who are dealing with difficult times. Whether you have recognized it or not, you are delivering a much needed message from our LORD to so many who are needing a blessing of hope and comfort. And you have done it very well. You have accomplished the mission. May GOD continue to bless you.

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  93. Michelle Schneider - September 28, 2021 1:35 pm

    Thank you for recognizing my life without even knowing who I am. I love you too! 😘❤️

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  94. Shirley - September 29, 2021 8:30 pm

    wow!

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  95. Verna Kays - October 2, 2021 5:33 am

    And I love you.I am proud of you.I am touched with every story…and I thank you.And will keep thanking you again and again.

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  96. Todd Lewis - October 3, 2021 7:11 am

    ThamlsvSean. .ofvi dontbneed uourvwo4fs now ?. I may. In the meante , o may. be able to skate them with someone else
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  97. Dixie R Graham - October 9, 2021 9:26 pm

    Thank you. You published this the day my 39 yo son unexpectedly died. So, yeah, timely word.

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