Find The “Lovely Intangibles”

It’s peculiar how the little things in life often seem to be the ones that carry the most meaning. In the 1947 black-and-white movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (I know you all have watched it at least a thousand times), Fred (young single lawyer) tells Doris (overworked single mom advertising exec) not to “… overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.” I guess I first heard that phrase when I was in my …


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4 comments on “Find The “Lovely Intangibles”

  1. Dick Bailey on said:

    Randy, thank you for your very personal thoughts. Today I get to enjoy one of those intangible moments as I celebrate 25 years of service to my community through the Parks and Recreation profession. How privileged we are to have such opportunities to create and serve.

  2. Here is one of my favorites: I was standing next to our newest dog park, a project I had spent a great deal of time coordinating. A staff member and I were discussing maintenance issues when we heard barking in the distance. It got louder, as we saw a car pulling towards us with a black lab’s head hanging out the window. The owner and (slightly overweight) dog got out of the car, and the dog continued barking excitedly, pulling on the leash & dragging his owner to the dogpark gate. I turned to my coworker & said, “Another satsified customer.” Hard to beat that feeling!

  3. Peaceful in the meadow on said:

    Thank you for helping me put a “title” to the moments I cherish, “lovely intangibles”. Just the other day, my 13 year old daughter and I walked out to our field to check on the sheep. Spring is at our doorstep with milder weather and green abounding. I stood for a moment and just listened to the birds, crickets and the sound of the sheep munching away on the green carpet. I closed my eyes and listened, taking in all of the sounds and smells of spring. I asked my daughter to do the same and to my surprise she closed her eyes and stood with me soaking it all in! Ahhh! PEACE! I was blessed threefold! Not only did I enjoy the moment for its beauty but my teenage daughter did the same and we got to experience it together.

  4. Jeanne Dieterich on said:

    Yesterday I told a reporter what a great job he did on a story about the Park District. I will remember the look on his face as he hesitated, smiled, and said “That’s not usually the kind of comment reporters hear. Thanks.”

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