SM minute ideas
Mark Arend (arend@CENTURYINTER.NET)
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 08:53:15 -0500
Last week there were some programs on PBS about the presidents. A couple of
things stayed with me and inspired me to write the following.
Practice it first
I recently saw a program on TV about President Harry Truman and one
stuck in my mind. When he first ran for office in the early 1920s--it was
for something like County Board--some of his army buddies thought it would
be impressive for him to arrive for a speach by airplane. Now, this was in
the early days of flying and a lot of people had never even seen a plane,
much less flown in one.
He agreed and at the appointed time the small plane circled the
and landed. The candidate got out of the plane, sort of staggered across
the field, leaned over a fence, and threw up.
This was not the impressive entrance he had planned.
But Mr. Truman learned something from this experience. Sometimes
that sound good don't work out so well when you go to try them. So it's a
good idea not to do it for the first time in front of a crowd. Practice it
through first to see if this idea is really going to work as well as it
sounds or are there some bugs to be worked out.
Cheerfulness is catching
A while back there was TV program on General Eisenhower. When he
took command in World War II things were not going well. The Germans had
been steadily winning and he had a big job ahead of him. It was up to him
to turn this arround and start winning.
He found out something very soon. If he acted like he felt this
spread and pretty soon the people arround him were gloomy and depressed. He
decided he should act cheerful and confident no matter how bad things looked
and no matter how he felt. And this attitude spread, too. Pretty soon
other people felt more confident and cheerful.
It's the same for us. If we act depressed, or unsure, or angry the
around us will be the same. But if we act cheerful, even if we don't feel
it, this cheerfulness is catching.
Mark W. Arend
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