F. Forbes’ Johnson, The man with nine lives

By F. Forbes Johnson

The following article is a collection of quotes, anecdotes, and reflections – some of which are dated according to when they were first posted on Forbes’ blog page: My Enigmatic Life. We believe they are too good to leave behind so we’re bringing them back to the future. Enjoy!

Dated: July 19, 2012


“If I were two faced, do you think that I’d be wearing this one?” Good quote from Abe Lincoln. I haven’t been blogging in a few days, but things have been happening out of control. God is good! We had a car accident yesterday. The blessings are 1. no one was hurt. 2. We all need to know who really is in control. 3. If you believe, even the most unfortunate incidents have a silver lining. I have dealt with many wonderful people in the past few days, turning this into a tolerable incident. It’s raining today and I JUST WANT TO GO OUT AND PLAY IN IT. If I did they would send the men in white coats after me. I forget that I am 62. I sure don’t feel it. (I know. I know. I look it. Smarty.) God is good.

June 8, 2012

Wow. Another beautiful day. I thank God every morning and every night and sometimes in the middle. I really believe that we control our own destiny. If you can’t laugh at yourself and situations then it will get the best of you.

A positive attitude helps and some days I’m positive that nothing more could go wrong.

Dated: June 14, 2012

Isn’t it amazing how the mind works! As I sat down with a dear friend of mine from many years ago, I realized that our bodies may change, our scenery may change, but we are really the same person that we have always been. I cherish my friendships over the years as much as I would gold. Probably more because I could stand to lose gold. I have been rich and I have been poor and as the saying goes “rich is better”. To wake up every morning with a roof over my head and food in the fridge is great thing. There are many people all over the world who can’t say that; I am sorry for them. I know we all are born with a destiny – designed specifically for each and every one of us. That being said, I feel that what we do after we are born helps to determine that destiny, good or bad.

I can honestly say that on my journey I have been happy and sad, but every single thing has helped form the person that I am today. I still like me but I don’t always love me. As we age, I think that how we regurgitate what we have experienced helps to determine what kind of a person we are. A very good policy: to make new friends and keep friends that you have, one must change with the times. However, don’t try to be a teenager in your sixties or an old man in your teens.

Something that I would tell people of all ages, don’t let yourself be bored or you will end being boring to all. Everyday we can be excited. Every. Single. Day. Even if it means only being able to get out of bed. I try to be open to anything that happens. For the last eighteen years there have been many things that have happened to me where I might not be too excited about what the day may hold. There is always something to make you happy even if it is just the pretty nurse who wants to take more blood or a bird that sits on the ledge outside your room.

Dated: June 7, 2012

After having had eleven strokes (major and minor) heart attacks, flesh eating disease, Crohns disease, COPD, amputation (left leg below the knee), many resuscitations, trips to heaven (whether you believe or not). I AM READY TO TELL ALL. Questions are welcome. I hope that through this blog we all will learn how to get through every day a little bit easier. I believe in God And doctors. I don’t think that without both 1.) I wouldn’t be here 2.) Life would lose a lot of faith and wisdom. Feel free to comment.


F. Forbes Johnson has been a Blue Water Area supporter for as long as he can remember. “I have have seen the good times, bad times and great times and have been lucky enough to have been part of a good many of them. I performed around the world, around the states, and around Port Huron. The blue in the water is in my blood and always will be. From Port Huron High School to Saint Clair County Community College, Central Michigan University to Michigan State. From speaking to singing to masters of ceremony to teaching to singing on hit albums, dancing with Marcel Marceau and National Touring Companies; THIS will always be home. I have been blessed to meet the finest people on earth, work with them, learn from them and find a good percentage of them in this area. To my fellow teachers, former students, performers, and many friends (who just happen to be the best ever) I am the most blessed man in this world. These are the people who have made me who I am. If I can impart any of whatever I have to one person, I will have been a success. Question me, talk to me, write to me and I guarantee an honest answer. It’s not easy but anything can be done with faith, hope and the will to do your very best in life. Anything is possible.”
Email Forbes at: forbesone@outlook.com

Email Forbes at: forbesone@outlook.com

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