Threats

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I taught kids and their families about conservation pre-stroke during the Anglers for Conservation's Hook Kids on Fishing program. I had a way with words.

I taught kids and their families about conservation pre-stroke during the Anglers for Conservation’s Hook Kids on Fishing program. I believe I’d a way with words.

On June 10, 2016, I had a stroke. I was speechless for almost two weeks, and anybody who knows me knows that is a hard thing to fathom.

Karen Irene Smith is my everything!

Karen Irene Smith is my everything!

My wife, best friend and life partner of 38 years, Karen and I are homemakers and entrepreneurs. We are one, and we are separate a pretty perfect yin-yang. Karen is exceptional keeping the books, doing the taxes and giving me sound advice. Over the past 38 years as I have followed my passions for landscaping, being a fishing guide and publishing. Karen has been my backbone through all of this. We have raised four children, who some themselves now have children. We are immeasurably proud of them and are so fortunate they still live close and can watch our family grow.

 It takes an instant for a thought/idea to come into our minds, and about 90 seconds to get this thought out of our mind or brain, but if we harp on it or dwell on it, it could be there in your mind for a very long time.

It takes an instant for a thought/idea to come into our minds, and about 90 seconds to get this thought out of our mind or brain, but if we dwell or harp on it, it could linger in your mind for a very long time.

We have approximately seventy trillion cells in our body working individually and in concert running our bodies and minds. It takes an instant for a thought/idea to come into our minds, and about 90 seconds to get this thought out of our mind or brain, but if we harp on it or dwell on it, it could be there in your mind for a very long time. (The old cliche “don’t dwell on it” definitely applies here.)

My job at Publix, they treat me like family, they treat everyone like family!

My job at Satellite Beach’s Publix they treat me like family, they treat everyone like family!

January of this year, six months after my stroke, I got a new job at our neighborhood Publix grocery store and the first regular job I’ve had for over forty years. They treat their employees like family. I am a part of that family, and with that, I am also treated like royalty because I serve all of my customers with respect. Because it is our purpose to help and to serve people is right up my alley.

Smith family clad, I love them, all!

The Smith clan, I love them, all!

The stroke has threatened our way of life, but in the end, our family, friends, and community continue to grow stronger, and that is ALLGOOD.

8 Comments on “Threats”

  1. Henry Cross

    Glad to know your alright Rodney! You are a super fellow and have helped your community beyond measure. Doesn’t sound like you want sympathy and that your doing well. Hope your life continually progresses forward. I know all to well how life can throw a monkey rench our way. But as long as there are family and friends, everything is always much better and sounds like you have a satisfaction of love life and happiness that want stop. You fellow friend Henry is still a friend and I know you haven’t forgotten that. Love you buddy and special prayers for you and your family as we continue on the wonderful journey called life.

  2. Nicholas

    During a challenging time in life, Rodney suddenly appeared with arms open. My first conversation with Capt Rodney Smith was brief- few words were exchanged. Over the past year, Rodney has become a dear friend, mentor, colleague, and role- model. Myself, along with our community are truly blessed by Rodney Smith’s presents. Echoing through Satellite Beach, Rodney’s energy and purity of soul are represented through his efforts in conversation. No longer our are conversations brief and Rodney is the first to “tell me how it is” in all his strength and glory. Rodney, thank you for everything friend.

  3. Jeanne

    Nicholas you said it all+++
    Glad to know you too+

    Rodney is a “Bright Shining Star” an example for all… my Sunrise Buddy.

    So Blessed to know you & Karen & share pieces of your family & Life.
    Live Long & Prosper++
    Love you. Mama J

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