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May 8, 2018


​When I got to Chatham, it was a beautiful sunny evening. The air was a bit crisp but that was to be expected after the light rain we had experienced on the drive down. Wait till you see what we found. Check it out now. Reading Time: 3 minutes

​​I don't care where I live, so long as there's a roof to keep the rain off my books, and high-speed Internet access. ~ Eliezer Yudkowsky

​​A roof is made to keep the elements off our heads but how often do I feel in my ​soul the need to shout a heart message from the rooftops. ~ Vaughn Berkeley, MBA

​Today I sat down looking out my window and was thinking how beautiful and sunny the sky looks. I was pondering my notes for this article and tweaking the draft (in my mind). I was excited for this day. Then I got some wonderful news. My review article, Review: Born A Crime, was selected as Top Article for this week. Woo-Hoo! It feels good to selected and I hope your pieces receive the same honours in due time.

​I've been itching to tell you about my trip this weekend. It started out with the family and I wanting to go to an event with a speaker. His draws comics as well as writes books.  Well, the drive down to Chatham on Friday was quite frightful just prior to getting there. There was strong winds blowing across the highway making driving very difficult. More than once, we had to steer the car back into the correct lane. Then just in front of us was  cube van.  I kid you not. The van lifted up on one side slightly so that the wheels on the right side were a couple inches off the ground. I can tell you about that time I started praying harder than a man hiding under the bed of his girlfriend who happens to be the wife of her armed police officer husband in the room. I imagine a man under the bed in that scenario would be praying really hard.

The van lifted up on one side slightly so that the wheels on the right side were a couple inches off the ground

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We passed the cube van as soon as it was safe to do so. Thankfully by the time we got to Chatham, the weather seemed to be calm once more.  We checked into the hotel and relaxed a bit before heading off to the venue for the event. When we got there, we saw the roof fallen off the back side of the building. Imagine my surprise when we were met by folks on the street who informed us that the roof had fallen down above the entrance they were going to use for the event about an hour or so earlier.  Thank Yah we didn't go earlier to the venue.

This experience made me ponder a few life lessons:

  • The Show Must Go On:  You have probably heard that saying at some point in your life. It's popular among the entertainment and theatre crowd. I heard it and never paid it much mind really but seeing how the organizer of the event kept things together and still pulled off a great event, really made that jump out for me. Yes, if you are resolute, the event will happen.
  • Yah is in Control:  You can imagine how wide my eyes opened when I saw the cube van begin to lift onto one side. It went back down and things were okay for us to pass. Our car was having a rough time staying in our lane a couple times. I even saw an electrical pole snapped in half like a matchstick on our return trip out of Chatham. All of the turmoil and chaos happened around us but we were always under the care of our creator.
  • We're All Doing The Best We Can:  Life can seem tough at times. We may look at others and think, oh they have it so good. But the truth is we are all doing the best we can with our lot in life. Some of us are wind surfers while others are sail boaters. Sometimes the winds of life blow your sails in the wrong direction or blow the roof of part of your building. You smile and do the best you can, adjust your course, and keep on doing the best you can.

Until next time, continue to learn and grow.

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Vaughn Berkeley, MBA

I'm a father of 3, a published author of 13 books, a writing coach, and an online instructor. I'm working on my book projects and a very special project I'm not at liberty to discuss yet but my fans will know first in 2022/23, These days, I'm on a spiritual quest to discover more about the meaning of life and my our purpose. I lost a dear friend in 2018 and so I'm more focused that ever on what truly matters in this life: People.

  • Beth Childress says:

    I enjoyed your most recent article. Congratulations on it being selected as top article. Woo Hoo.

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Dear Beth, thank you for sharing feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed my review article Trevor Noah’s book, Born a Crime. Thanks also for sharing my latest article, “The Roof Fell Down” Looking forward to reading your pieces soon. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • Gary Dwyer says:

    Great article once again this week my friend Vaughn Berkeley (Author) “We are all doing the best we can” is so true and what we should all strive to do which is one of the things I love about this community. Huge Congratulations for last weeks article reaching the top 5, an accolade well deserved and achieved because of your consistency and enthusiasm in helping others… Keep up doing what you are doing…. Gary

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Hey friend Gary, you do honour me with your kind words. I am grateful for your support and kindness. Hope you had a wonderful time with your new bride this weekend. Can’t wait to see the pics once you both settle down into a regular routine again. And more important, can’t wait to read your article about it. 🙂 Have a great day Gary. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • Kasey Cox says:

    Enjoyed your article this week Vaughn

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Thanks Kasey for reading my piece. Glad you enjoyed it and grateful for your feedback. I appreciate it. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • Kevin Coolidge says:

    Great article this week Vaughn. Keep it up

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Hey Kevin, thanks for your support and encouragement. I am grateful for your feedback. I shall do my best. Take care. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • Rhona Bachan says:

    Hi Vaughn,
    Love your writing skills. Glad to know you & the family are safe & sound. From what I understand there was severe winds in Toronto as well as in Montreal.

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Hi Rhona, you’re too kind. Be careful because your admiration of my work may get to my head. (smile). It was some scary stuff indeed but thankful we made it through. Take care my friend. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • David Dailey says:

    Vaughn, your “The Roof Fell Down” brings to life those things that happen to all of us. The things that except for the hand of God, we could have found ourselves in even more dire predicaments. I appreciate your article, and the humor in the guy under the bed.

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Hey David, you are so correct. We live by the grace and mercy of our creator. Really appreciate your feedback and glad you liked my attempt at humour in the guy under the bed. Take care. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • Marty Hynes says:

    Congratulations Vaughn Berkeley (Author) on making the top 5 last week and for producing another wonderful article this week. Yes – the show must go on! We get one shot at life, so make it happen.

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Hey Marty, thanks for dropping by and for your note. I do so appreciate your feedback and your energy. I’ll do my best to make it happen too. Take care friend. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • Laurisa Reyes says:

    “The Roof Feel Down” is a good reminder that 1) most things that happen in life are out of our control, 2) don’t worry about it, and 3) miracles do happen.

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Hey Laurisa, you are so right! Thanks for reading my piece and for your three reminders. I’m glad you saw those things and I do wish more people will see the same as well. It’s such a pleasure to hear from you. Take care friend. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • Anthony Miller says:

    Hello!!! Just read The Roof Fell Down. First, congratulations on your article making the top this week. Very nice. Also, very happy to hear that you and your family made it there safely and were able to enjoy the show. You’re right, we do need to understand who is truly in control and have the right faith in what He has planned. Nice read.

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Hey Anthony, thanks for your kind words of support bro! I hope that you are making some progress on answers to your questions on your book project. Be sure to keep me in the loop. Take care. ~ Love, Vaughn

  • Sara Thomas says:

    I hope actually know that we will stay in contact with each other on here, and get to know more about each other. I always love your articles.

    • Vaughn Berkeley, MBA says:

      Thanks Sara for your kind words of support. I believe we will definitely stay connected online. Take care friend. ~ Love, Vaughn

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