Recently somebody asked me,”Art, what are your goals for 2017?” and I began singing that old Bee Gee’s song from 1977, “Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive, stayin alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive.”
When you ask a little kid how old he is he will hold up four fingers and say, “I will be five next month.” Ask me and I will tell you, “I will be 88 in July.”
My friend Ed Myles who is the same age summed it up this way. “Art, I don’t have an enemy in the world. I outlived all them bast – – – s.”
One of my goals for being 87 was to finish my autobiography but to really finish that I would have to drop dead. I would much rather carry on and face the challenge of discovering new ways to help make this a better world. I want to discover different avenues for reaching people and touching their lives in a positive way.
As long as I can still walk into a room and share a smile or a laugh or bring just one ray of sunshine into somebody’s life then I plan to do it. And if I can no longer walk into a room then I pray that I will find a way to ride into a room somehow and share the joy of living.
So what is my goal for 2017? To “never give up! Never give up! Never give up!” Winston Churchill said that so many years ago and it saved a nation.
I’m stayin’ Alive! Stayin’ Alive!