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January 2006 - Volume 2 - Issue 7

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Publisher’s Note

"Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded."
- Yogi Berra

I confess. I’m a Yogi Berra fan, and not because he was one of the best players to ever don a Yankee uniform. Known everywhere as the king of the non sequitur, somehow Yogi always made sense to me. I mean, when Yogi said, "A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore," what businessperson faced with rising costs couldn’t comprehend the profundity of his comment?

Anyway, I thought of Yogi’s take on crowds as this year approached its end and I watched once again every media outlet, celebrity, friend, relative, and neighbor hop on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon.

"You can observe a lot by watching."

Yogi had it right, again. So, after watching everyone else get ready for 2006, I have one, and only one, resolution of my own, and I want to offer it to all: Let’s all resolve to stop assuming someone else will do something to make the world a better place and take responsibility for it ourselves.

"It as hard to have a conversation with anyone, there were too many people talking."

I’m not talking grand gestures here—although if anyone has a formula finally to bring peace on earth, good will toward men, I’m open to hear it—rather, I’m suggesting we all focus on the small, every day gestures, those random acts of kindness we have the opportunity to do every day. I could be picking up trash in the street or on the sidewalk, holding a door for someone, corralling those renegade carts in the shopping center parking lot, cutting a motorist a break, or taking a moment from our busy schedules to help a lost or confused stranger. In the words of the Nike ad, just do it.

"We’re lost, but we’re making good time."

We live in a world we’re all so busy, but often we’re not putting our efforts into things that really matter. At the risk of putting us all on a kind of sugar overload, consider this: If you make just one person a little happier each day, at the end of the year, you could populate a small community with happier people. Picture a modern day Mayberry, where people found time for their neighbors and everyone seemed to whistle a happy tune.

"We made too many wrong mistakes."

I know it sounds unrealistic, even sappy. But I’ve seen too much of the cynicism, too much of the distrust and selfish not to think there simply has to be a better way. Or, as Yogi also said, "You’ve got to b e careful if you don’t know where you’re going ‘cause you might not get there."

And while I’m on the subject of knowing where you’re going, allow me a sincere endorsement of the great advertisers who make South Florida Hospital News possible each month. Many of them have been with us from the beginning, demonstrating a faith in our effort when, quite frankly, they didn’t have to. If you need a service or a product and aren’t sure where to go, please look them up—and tell them Charles sent you.

After all, in the words of Yogi, "Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours." (Okay, I admit it, that one’s a bit confusing even for me.)

Charles Felix, Publisher

You can reach Charles Felix at sflahospitalnews.com.
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