February 5, 2019
Being a ‘good man’ is something you do, not something you are.
I was saddened to learn yesterday that my old friend and former colleague Jerry Beer had died on Sunday. Jerry had an illustrious career in the military followed by many years in a key position at Kiwanis International. Since his retirement he did volunteer work for a local hospital as well for my Kiwanis club and more.
Jerry always kept his word, did more than most others and had a good heart. I will miss him. Here is a poem that reminds me of my friend.
Edgar A. Guest
To live as gently as I can;
To be, no matter where, a man;
To take what comes of good or ill,
And cling to faith and honor still;
To do my best, and let that stand
The record of my brain and hand;
And then, should failure come to me,
Still work and hope for victory.
To have no secret place wherein
I stoop unseen to shame or sin;
To be the same when I’m alone
As when my every deed is known;
To live undaunted, unafraid
Of any step that I have made;
To be without pretense or sham
Exactly what men think I am.
To leave some simple work behind
To keep my having lived in mind;
If enmity to aught I show,
To be an honest, generous foe;
To play my little part, nor whine
That greater honors are not mine.
This I believe is all I need
For my philosophy and creed.
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
I was interviewing a jeweler for a story I was writing on giving new life to old jewelry, and I asked him to tell me about his most memorable client.
“It was a divorced woman who had me make a pair of earrings from her inscribed wedding band,” he remembered. “One earring read, ‘with all,’ and the other, ‘my love.’
When I asked why she had wanted it done that way, she answered, ‘To remind me that the next time anyone says that to me, I should let in go in one ear and out the other.'”
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.”
Two horses were walking back to the paddock after a day’s training. One says to the other, “I can’t understand why we are so slow, we come from good stock, we have the best of food, great trainers, and yet we come last in every race.”
There was a dog running along side them who overheard and said, “I know what your problem is. I’ve seen you race and it looks to me like you begin the race really fast and use up all your energy too soon. Then towards the end, you have nothing left. What you should do is pace yourselves, and when all the other horses are exhausted, put in a spurt and you’re sure to win. What do you think of that?”
The horses looked at one another and said, “WOW, a talking dog!”
Love consists in looking together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A poor man and woman sat down in their living room and the man said, ”I’m going down to the pub for a bit, so put your coat on.”
The woman replied, ”Oh, sweetie, why? Are you taking me with you?”
The man replied, ”No, I’m turning the heat off.”
Sign on a clothing store – Come inside and have a fit.
A customer sent an order to a distributor for a large amount of goods totaling a great deal of money.
The distributor noticed that the previous bill hadn’t been paid. The collections manager left a voice-mail for them saying, “We can’t ship your new order until you pay for the last one.”
The next day the collections manager received a collect phone call,
“Please cancel the order. We can’t wait that long.”
A wise man once said, “If you want to watch the world passing you by, just try driving the speed limit.”
A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well. The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.
The doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water.”
Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, “My goodness, doc, exactly what’s my problem?”
Doctor says, “You’re not drinking enough water.”
Sign seen in our veterinarian’s office: “All children left unattended will be given a free kitten.”
“The first step to be a good man is this: You must deeply feel the burden of the stones some else [is] carrying.”
Mehmet Murat ildan
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My condolences to you…