Letter to the Editor

Confucius say

Monday, April 12, 2021

“Confucius say" jokes have been around a long time. Confucius say man who drive like hell, bound to get there. Confucius say two wrongs not make right, but two rights make u-turn. But what about "Confucius quotes"? These would be utterances he actually uttered. Here are examples: "I hear, and I forget; I see, and I remember; I do, and I understand." Then there's "Respect yourself, and others will respect you."

Confucius lived some 2,500 years ago, but one of his quotes has stood the test of time, and can serve as a an ongoing rallying cry for folks of any and all persuasions: "The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential ... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."

Somehow, some way, we all seek personal excellence. Those seeking food, clothing, medical or dental care from the Grand Avenue Community Outreach are prime examples. Care extended is an investment in future well being. Without this multi-faceted, Christ-centered human services provider and home to assistance programs for problem pregnancies, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, those in recovery, transition or the stress of homelessness thriving within its walls, the Tangney would be no more than an empty, downtown relic or perhaps merely a parking lot.

The public is invited to celebrate the 100 year existence of the Tangney Hotel and the ongoing pursuit of personal excellence. Posters and promotions around town are appearing, and will detail the celebration that is planned for Friday, April 23, at the Clay County Events Center. Details can be found at www.gacoutreach.com/tickets, or by calling 712/580-4732. Author Chris Stefanick, in his book "Living Joy," provides the enduring inspiration: "joy isn't what happens when life goes perfectly. It's what happens when you know you're loved perfectly, even when life's a mess." As Easter people, we celebrate the triumph of the cross. Come celebrate the many new beginnings enabled by the Grand Avenue Community Outreach. Take it all in!