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An 87-Year-Old Man’s Goal for 2017

Art Fettig
Art Fettig

International author and speaker, actor, playwright and former railroad executive, Art Fettig will turn 88 this coming July. Someone recently asked him what his goals were for 2017. He responded by quoting a phrase an old Bee Gees song: “stayin’ alive.” By saying “stayin’ alive,” Art didn’t mean merely to continue to exist. Rather, his goal is to continue to try to discover new ways to help make this world a better place. As he put it, “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.” If all of us adopted Art’s goal for the coming year, the world would indeed become a better place.

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  • “Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.” -- Rosalynn Carter
  • “Be kind, don't judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place.” -- Jasmine Guinness

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