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Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo 
June 5, 2017
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In this Issue
o  Stupid Is As Stupid Does
o  Say Something Good
o  Points To Ponder
o  A Little Humor
o  Quote
o  To Subscribe 

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Stupid Is As Stupid Does
Did you ever do anything really stupid?  Things that cost you dearly?  Maybe you lost a friend or a lover or a job or a career because of your stupidity. Maybe you got kicked out of school or were publicly humiliated. Maybe you went to jail. 

Now if you are expecting me to go on and tell you about all of the stupid things I have done you are wrong.  This isn't about my stupidity, it is about yours.

I can see a few pompous asses reading my newsletter and saying smugly, "I've never done anything stupid in my lifetime."  Baloney! Just saying that is stupid.

Forrest Gump, that famous philosopher said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

I was just wondering what kind of world this would be if we - you and I - would all say, "OK, sure, I've done a lot of stupid, mean and nasty things in my lifetime and I wish I hadn't and it bothers me.

Here are 3 of the 12 steps used in Alcoholic Anonymous: 

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Ho Ho, I was just thinking, What if everybody worked on those three steps, all of us, not just those in recovery programs. What if everybody in this world, including the people in Washington and Moscow and Beijing and everywhere. What if we all set out to becoming honest, caring, fun loving friends and neighbors? Sure its crazy! Nuts! Ridiculous! Impossible!  But what good is a newsletter if it can't stir up your blood and your mind and your heart  a little.  OK, we'll compromise.  Just do something nice for somebody today and see how good it feels. 

Say Something Good
I visited a booth at our local "Last Friday"  doings in town the other night and talked with some folks who were Toastmasters. Those folks were really high on what their meetings were doing for folks in this community. I'm been exposed to many thousands of people who've attended International Toastmaster Conferences whose lives have changed because they joined Toastmasters and overcome their initial fear of public speaking.  My own life changed dramatically because of Toastmasters.

So many of our young people are becoming addicted to texting.  I believe they are losing or failing to develop their speaking skills. I also believe that the ability to get up on your feet and make your point at a meeting can do more to make you successful today than anything else you might learn through formal education.

Nuff sed.  Check out Toastmasters today.  May God Bless America and bring us world peace. 

Points To Ponder
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Little Humor
The Town Band had just finished a vigorous and not overly-harmonious selection and as the perspiring musicians sank to the seats after acknowledging the applause, the trombonist asked, "What's the next number?" The leader replied, "The Stars and Stripes Forever."  "Oh no," gasped the trombonist.  "I just played that."

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln

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