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Let There Be Peace

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo 
December 19 , 2016
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In this Issue
o  Let There Be Peace
o  Say Something Good
o  Points To Ponder
o  A Little Humor
o  Quote
o  To Subscribe 

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Let There Be Peace 
"Let There Be Peace On Earth: And Let It Begin With Me."  Vince Gill recorded that song years ago and every Christmas that song comes to my mind. Peace is very popular at Christmastime."Peace be with you." "And to you too, Brother."  

I visited an Alzheimer facility recently and approached a middle aged man who was holding his head. He looked really stressed out and hurting. I asked him if he was OK, if I could help. He said "All I want is someplace where I can have peace and quiet." I asked him where was the most peaceful place he had ever found in his life." He said he would have to give that some thought. I said that the most peaceful place I ever found was in my own mind but I had to really work at it. I'd think about a peaceful valley with trees and grass and a small stream. I'd be alone, just watching the water flow and I'd think about a peaceful world where everybody loved everybody and there was no war and people were at peace with one another and most importantly with themselves. That fellow who was holding his head looked relaxed and smiled at me and I said, "Now you have a good peaceful day."  I smiled back and went on my way. I felt much better about peace and goodwill and life in general.  Peace be with you all.     

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Say Something Good
USO. It was Christmas Eve, 1951 and I had just rejoined the First Cavalry Division, Able Company, Seventh Regment., Infantry, and there was a U.S.O. show in the theatre at Camp on the base at Sapparo, Japan. We were hoping for Bob Hope or Danny Kaye but instead we got Snub Mosley's band. Snub played his slide sax. (Don't blink. Snub actually invented a slide saxaphone.)  They were a hot jazz band and I loved it. His beautiful vocalist sang, "My dear, if you should stray, a million miles away, I will always be in love with you." I will never forget that cold winter night and that show and how much that concert meant to us GI's.  Every time I see those letters, "USO" I think of Snub and his band.  May God Bless America and keep our troops safe now and in the future.  

Points To Ponder
Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment. J. Donald Walters

A Little Humor
To be or not to be, those are the parameters.

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving. Dale Carnegie

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