Lighten Up A Bit

Claude Jarman Jr. was a young man of 12 in 1946 when the movie The Yearling was released. Claude played young Jody in the film and was awarded a “Juvenile Oscar” for his fine and emotional performance. With his future looking so bright, the young actor’s family left their home in Nashville, Tennessee, and went to Hollywood. They were anxious to have Claude parlay that accomplishment into other roles in film that would pay him handsomely and guarantee him a …


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5 comments on “Lighten Up A Bit

  1. Billy Moore on said:

    Good article. I remember a couple of my early jobs. I was a flunky go-fer for a TV appliance repair guy, worked stacking lumber in a lumber yard. I remember my dad telling me “Son, try and get the best job and the most money you can get. Then when it is said and done take pride in a good days work. I don’t care if your digging ditches, do it with pride and the best you can.” My first job when I got married was digging holes and knocking down walls with a sledgehammer. My dads advice carried me through. Eventually I stumbled into athletic recreation and have been at it for 36 years. My dads advice has stayed with me. Those early jobs were not my thing, but they taught me a lot and in a couple of cases developed contacts that would help me later on.

  2. Gary S on said:

    I am reminded by your article of the line from City Slickers where Jack Palance held up one finger and said that it was the secret to life…. to find out what the one thing is that you are good at. It would seem that you have found your “one thing” The ability to cause people to reflect on their lives in a postitive way. And for that I thank you.

  3. Angela Kamm on said:

    First your article made me laugh when you wrote, “If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans.” Then it made me cry because I REALLY need to “Lighten Up A Bit.” Thank you, I needed a good laugh and a good cry. Cheers, and Happy New Year.

  4. Ted LaFleur on said:

    Good read. I needed this today.

    “Who Moved My Cheese?” is another similar good read. Change is opportunity.

    Have a Great Day!

  5. Gloria De La Cruz-Sandoval on said:

    Good thoughts on life. Haven’t we all had jobs that take us places we never thought we’d go or much less do? I remember one of my first “professional” jobs as a banker and was so proud of myself to be wearing that so called three piece suit. Proud until one of my tellers asked me if I was sure my skirt was on correctly? It wasn’t, I had it on backwards and I also had two different color pumps on that day as well…lol… Needless to say I learned to lighten up, laugh a little more, and loosen my tie so to speak. You see I worked for a small independent local bank before deregulation and we stuffed statements manually and mopped floors equally as needed and into the night sometimes. I guess you could say I was the one who was “deregulated” from my highly regulated mind. Yes, life is almost never as it seems and seemingly ever as eventful as you’ll let it be. Gotta love it – so why not live it!

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