“Be yourself. No one can say you’re doing it wrong.”
Charles M. Schulz
Last Friday I was given the opportunity to attend a banquet celebrating the OASIS of Central Indiana’s 25th anniversary. My town’s OASIS chapter is a great organization made up of more than 25,000 over fifty year olds who take advantage of offerings that help them stay healthy and active, continue lifelong learning, develop new skills, join with others to travel to interesting locations and more. For me the best thing they do is train volunteers who go out and do great things for our community. There are OASIS volunteers tutoring and nurturing hundreds of kids every day, kids who benefit from adult love. They are also teaching young children to enjoy making healthy choices and are helping older folks learn how they can avoid diabetes. They do all this while providing the people power that makes OASIS as strong as it is.
I became active with OASIS a number of years ago and it was one of the best things I ever did. They have not only allowed me to benefit from their programs, they also have let me assist in their continued growth through helping to build new partnerships while implementing plans to stay current meeting the needs of those who have reached their prime.
Anyway back to the banquet, it was great. Good food, good fellowship and great entertainment by two professional Musical Comedy stars from the Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI). I was a little taken back when Cindy Collins from ATI included me in her rendition of one of Sinatra’s favorite songs, once I recovered from the surprise I was the same old guy I was when she started.
On reflecting − not on the banquet but on the hundreds of OASIS volunteers, I was reminded of this piece written by George Schulz:
Charles Schulz Philosophy
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point.
- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
- Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
- Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
- Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
- Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
- List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
- Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
- Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
- Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
- Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”
Remember Life’s “Laws”
- The most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
- If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
- Money can’t buy happiness but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
- Deja moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.
- Psychiatrists say that 1 of 4 people is mentally ill. Check three friends. If they’re okay, you’re it.
- Nothing in the known universe travels faster than a bad check.
- It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.
- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
- It may be your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
- The average woman would rather have beauty than brains because the average man can see better than he can think.
You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
There is this atheist swimming in the ocean. All of a sudden he sees a shark in the water, so he starts swimming furiously towards his boat. As he looks back, he sees the shark turn and head towards him. He’s scared to death, and as he sees the jaws of the great white beast open, revealing its horrific teeth, the atheist screams, “Oh God! Save me!”
In an instant, time is frozen and a bright light shines down from above. The man is motionless in the water when he hears the voice of God say, “You are an atheist. Why do you call upon me when you do not believe in me?”
Confused, and knowing he can’t lie, the man replies, “Well, that’s true I don’t believe in you, but how about the shark? Can you make the shark believe in you?”
The Lord replies, “As you wish,” and the light retracts back into the heavens.
The man feels the water move once again. As the atheist looks back, he can see the jaws of the shark start to close down on him, when all of sudden the shark stops and pulls back. Shocked, the man watches as the huge beast closes its eyes, bows its head and says, “Thank you Lord for this food for which I am about to receive…”
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Nancy Reagan tells the story of how President Ronald Reagan was once challenged by a college student who said it was impossible for Reagan’s generation to understand his. “You grew up in a different world,” the student said. Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, nuclear energy, computers…”
Taking advantage or a pause in the student’s litany, Reagan said, “You’re right. We didn’t have those things when we were young. We invented them.”
What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?
Sidney telephones Rabbi Levy. He says, “Rabbi, I know tonight is Yom Kippur, but tonight the Yankees are in the playoffs. Rabbi, I’m a life-long Yankees fan. I’ve got to watch the Yankees game on TV.”
Rabbi Levy replies, “Sidney, that’s what video recorders are for.”
Sidney is surprised. “You mean I can tape Yom Kippur?”
If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.
Charles M. Schulz
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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