HERKIMER — The Depression Boys welcomed Stacey “Jerry” Dunton to their December meeting.
Dunton is a resident of Folts Pavilion at Claxton Manor and a motivational life speaker. At the age 50, he turned his life around and for the past 43 he has been encouraging and helping others get there life on track.
Dunton lost his eyesight in the early 1990s. but being blind does not mean he can not see the spark of divinity in others.
He started off the meeting with jokes and humor as an ice breaker then lead into the importance of forgiveness, which gives one the freedom and serenity to live happy. Dunton said “being good to ourselves is a master key to life,” and “you need to like and love yourself before you can give love to another.” He spoke of how hope and trust builds good character, with that builds love and empathy for each other.
Dunton is a book of quotes and truisms; he shared a special quote he made with the group:
Take time to be friendly
Take time to be true
Take time to be to help others and others will help you
Take time to be humble
Take time to give praise
Take time to love
Take time to stand by others during most troubling days
Take time to be thoughtful
Take time to show others you care
Take time to stay clean, sober, and always willing to share
Take time to tell close friends and family you will always be there
Take time to meditate
Take time to pray
Take time to eat healthy and exercise a little each day
Take time to be happy
Take time to wear a smile
Take time to love and help your neighbors and life will always be worth while
The next Depression Boys meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 9 a.m. in the Claxton Dining Room of the Folts Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.