"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams
At a meeting the other day I participated in a discussion on what we need to do to avoid problems in our city while focusing on developing priorities that would make us even better than we are now. A significant part of the discussion centered on the importance of engaging our fellow citizens in activities that would benefit us all.
We discussed the importance of making sure the public has easy access to understandable information on both our challenges and our opportunities. Equally important was letting them know how they could participate in implementing solutions through communications with their legislators, offering their skills as volunteers, banding together with friends and neighbors while not sitting on the sidelines complaining about how others are not doing anything.
Reflecting on the discussion I again realized that how often we think all we have to do is let individuals know that there is a good cause and they will take action. In my experience we spend so much time trying to enlist outsiders that we have little time to educate our own on the value of what we do. In service clubs we do outreach to individuals in a variety of ways while often failing to motivate our own members to share our story with others. We not only need hands and hearts we need disciples who spread the word.
I also am a strong believer in reaching others through partnering with sponsors and likeminded organizations that let their constituents know what is going on so they can join in the cause. We complain that the media won’t tell our story but we often fail to provide them material that demonstrates the importance of our work, anecdotes on how we are making a newsworthy difference in our community and then providing readers a call to arms, a way for them to get involved.
We need to mass market opportunity. The other day I suggested we were in the business of helping the people in our region see future possibilities. But possible only if enough of us care about public safety, understaffed schools, deteriorating streets and the other urban needs that affect us all and become part of the solution. We can make miracles if we set achievable goals, goals that we as citizens can reach if we partner together.
"Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it."
"Ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me. She got me to stop drinking, smoking and running around until all hours of the night. She taught me how to dress well, enjoy the fine arts, gourmet cooking, classical music, even how to invest in the stock market."
"Sounds like you may be bitter because she changed you so drastically," remarked his friend.
"I'm not bitter. Now that I'm so improved, she just isn't good enough for me."
Teacher: I hope I didn't see you looking at Don's paper.
Little Johnny: I hope you didn't either.
I knew as early as our wedding what marriage to my wife would be like. The priest asked my wife, "Do you take this man to be your husband." And she said, "I do."
Then the priest asked me, "Do you take this woman to be your wife," and my wife said, "He does."
Someday, we'll look back on this, laugh nervously and change the subject.
Will Rogers said:
1. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
2. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
3. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.
4. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
5. You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
6. I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
7. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
8. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
9. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
10. Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.
And finally, If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.
There's always at least one bolt on anything that's adjustable. It fits whatever size wrench you don't have.
A blonde and her brunette friend were talking, when the blonde said, "I hate all the blonde jokes people tell." "Oh, they are only jokes. There are a lot of stupid people out there. Here, I'll prove it to you." They went outside and hailed a taxi driver. "Please take me to 29 Nickel Street to see if I'm home," said the brunette. The taxi drove them to Nickel Street, and when they finally got out, the brunette looked at the blonde and said, "See! That guy was really stupid."
"No kidding," replied the blonde. "There was a pay phone just around the corner. You could have called instead."
The most damaging phrase in the language is: It's always been done that way.
A young man from a prominent family was being divorced by his glamorous wife. His lawyer called with news about the property settlement. "The good news is that she isn't asking for any share of your future inheritance."
"Great!" said the young man. "What's the bad news?"
"Well," said the lawyer, "after the divorce, she's marrying your father!"
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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