Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo December 26, 2016
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In this Issue o Stayin' Alive
o Say Something Good
o Points To Ponder
o A Little Humor
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Never give up!
Stayin' Alive Recently somebody asked me,"Art, what are your goals for 2017?" and I began singing that old Bee Gee's song from 1977, "Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive, stayin alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive."
When you ask a little kid how old he is he will hold up four fingers and say, "I will be five next month." Ask me and I will tell you, "I will be 88 in July."
My friend Ed Myles who is the same age summed it up this way. "Art, I don't have an enemy in the world. I outlived all them bast - - - s."
One of my goals for being 87 was to finish my autobiography but to really finish that I would have to drop dead. I would much rather carry on and face the challenge of discovering new ways to help make this a better world. I want to discover different avenues for reaching people and touching their lives in a positive way.
As long as I can still walk into a room and share a smile or a laugh or bring just one ray of sunshine into somebody's life then I plan to do it. And if I can no longer walk into a room then I pray that I will find a way to ride into a room somehow and share the joy of living.
So what is my goal for 2017? To "never give up! Never give up! Never give up!" Winston Churchill said that so many years ago and it saved a nation.
Say Something Good America! Yes, America,The Land of Freedom. I was examining some Norman Rockwell print books I own and came upon his famous series on the Four Freedoms. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. As I pondered that first one I sort of chuckled inside. Since 1970 people have paid me to give speeches and most of the time I shared with audiences just what was on my mind. I have had the honor of doing just that in all of our 50 states and all of the folks who hired me have paid me and many have invited me back again and again. If that isn't Freedom then what is?
I have enjoyed the Freedom of Worshipping when and where I choose since a few weeks after my birth.
When it comes to Freedom from Want, the only time I went without food was on the front lines in Korea and that was for less than two days. Most always I was able to provide food, shelter and clothing for myself and my family. A few times when touring Europe with my teen children they were deprived of McDonald hamburgers and forced to eat local food but other than that, things have been just fine. Now when it comes to that Freedom from Fear, I find that if I keep away from those 24-hour news stations I feel pretty safe and secure no matter where I travel. America and I have flourished. I continue to be awed by her bounty and her awesome beauty. May God bless America and bring us world peace. America, the Land of Freedom.
Points To Ponder Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends. H. Jackson Brown Jr.
A Little Humor Taxpayers: People who don't have to pass Civil Service exams in order to work for the government.
Quote Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity. A.P.J. Kalam
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