“Think you can’t change the world? Too late, you already have. It was changed the moment you were born. There are more people than you can imagine who will never be the same because they came into contact with you, if only for a fleeting moment.”
–Gail Purcell Elliott
I believe in the truth and wisdom of this saying, and know how much each of you have made a positive difference in my life.
I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
somebody has to set the example to show everyone how to be nice. I think you do that in the blogsphere, and I am glad.
Thank you, Bill. But didn’t you hear that nice guys finish last! ;-D! Actually I don’t believe that nice guys finish last–and I suspect that you don’t either. I believe that kind people inspire so much kindness and support in others that their/our/my life is made much better for it as a result. I’m surrounded by nice people in the blogosphere and in real life so it is the easiest job in the world to be nice back. I’m just reacting to their kindness. It’s a wonderful virtuous circle. And whether I come in first or last, at least I’m doing it surrounded by fantastic people. That makes me–and you/them–winners in my book.
Yes I agree Russ …I also have met so many people that have had a positive influence in my life and I have learned a lot too….Of course one of those people is you….and the lovely and encouraging comments I receive from you…Diane
Thank you, Diane, for your wonderfully kind comments. I feel the same way about your posts.
It’s the “wonderful life” syndrome – the world would not be the same place if you were not here. Zazu’s petals…
So true, with the “you” being the vast majority of people in the world. (Though the other types of folks, while being relatively small in number, sure do get around!) ;-D!
PS I love that movie. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the ending with dry eyes. Look Dad, teacher says that when a bell rings…
Me too – it’s my all-time favorite. Have you ever seen “You Can’t Take it With You” – another Capra great. One of Jimmy Stewart’s earliest. Amazing characters and story. Some profound truths there.
Yes. Another good and fun one. If I recall correctly it had some very quirky characters along with the profound truths that you mentioned.
Yep – won best picture too
Cool! Speaking of old movies, I just watched “Key Largo” again last night and see that Claire Trevor won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in it. I enjoyed her in “Stagecoach” too. As you probably know, that is the movie that catapulted John Wayne to stardom.
Yes – I need to watch that one again too! I got out of taking foreign language classes in college by using film history classes as “tool courses” We got to see the greats on the big screen.
LOL! As a line from a more modern movie said, “Clever girl!” (Do you remember which movie it is from?)
Great quote! I believe it too. We often have no idea how many lives we touch, even if it just the result of a smile or other nice gesture.
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