Thursday, May 05, 2011

Winning Words 5/5/11
“You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” (Mary Tyler Moore) Many of us have watched “Perky Mary” on TV. What most people don’t know is that she’s had “not-so-wonderful things” happen in her life…loss of a son, failed marriages, cancelled shows, being a diabetic. And still, she’s able to “put on a happy face.” I admire her as an actress, but mostly for her bravery. ;-) Jack

FROM CHUCKLES, THE CLOWN: MTM is my all-time favorite sitcom. What I admired most was that she let other people be funny. That kind of selflessness is a good life lesson in many ways. FROM JACK: Thanks for responding from the grave. Your episode on the MTM Show was one of the best...and had a religious message, too.

FROM BLAZING OAKS: Who wants to be brave?! Ha! Of course I'd take nothing but wonderful things all my life, but it doesn't usually work that way, and we find times when we must be when my husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. But we find, then, that we are given the strength to deal with the situation, and that deep, abiding, peace that only God can give. AND how WONDERFUL to have healthy, productive children, and g.children, meaningful work to do, and the capacity for humor and fun thrown in. We don't have to be brave all of the time!! Love Mary Tyler Moore, and not only did she lose her son, he took his own life, which would be a double whammy! FROM JACK: Not many of us want to test it out, but a positive attitude when faced serious problems seems to make the situation better.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL: And what about the 40 navy seals and our intelligence service? FROM JACK: I'm sure that the SEALs have a personal satisfaction, because they accomplished their assignment. Sometimes that's better than receiving accolades.

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