Does anyone remember Will Rogers?
His laid back mix of dry humor and common sense got folks through the Great Depression of the 1930s. He was a star, gustsy enough to turn his best talent — doing rope tricks with a lariat — into a career.
In his first performances he took his horse on stage and did his rope tricks, but he found that “ropin'” wasn’t enough to keep folk’s attention. He started throwing out comments about life and politics and soon folks came to hear what he had to say. He razzed everyone from common folk to the president and he got away with it because he made people laugh – even the people he was ribbing. He believed in making friends. If you heard the saying, “I never met a man I didn’t like,” you’ve heard his words. (Of course, in today’s day and age, he’d have to qualify that statement by changing ‘man’ to ‘person’.)
My little quote calendar brought him to mind today with this gem:
You got to sorta give and take in this old world. We can get mighty rich, but if we haven’t got any friends, we will find we are poorer than anybody.
Ain’t that the truth!