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Birthday Thoughts

The Sixties was the decade when the HR Doctor’s life path was molded. This "sculpting" included commitments to public service, learning, growing as an individual, having fun and being fundamentally optimistic about the world.

In fact, the essential societywide optimism of the 1960s may be the greatest feature of that wonderful time. It was a time of the setting of grand visions by articulate guides such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John. F. Kennedy. It was a time of triumphs, such as a lunar landing, and the horrific tragedies of a presidential assassination and an escalating war. High drama mixed with spiritual renewal and personal maturing; it was an exciting time full of hopes, dreams and eager anticipation.

Well, the HR Doctor is about to have a birthday which will take him again into the decade of the ’60s, this time on a more personal aging level. It is birthday party time and you are all invited!

On Feb. 11, the family will have a 90th birthday party! This author will turn 60 and the beautiful HR Daughter and County Administrative Manager Elyse will be 30. It will again be a time for joy, optimism and fun. It will set out a boundary marker, challenging me personally to reinforce personal goals and expand or stretch them to reach that glorious three-way intersection where opportunity meets anticipation and challenge.

Our party will have music, fun and friends. We are asking that guests not bring personal gifts (on the perhaps incorrect assumption that they would anyway!) but, instead bring checks made out to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We want our birthday to be a legacy, to bring smiles to the faces of seriously ill children. Phrased another way, a time of personal joy and celebration is enriched when it is designed to encompass others and bring smiles to the faces of others.

Come celebrate with us by " returning to those thrilling days of yesteryear" when a vision of the world that emphasized the "could be" instead of the "is" seemed to be everywhere. That past version of the Sixties is history, as one unknown commentator once phrased it. The future is a mystery to be shaped and carefully unwrapped by our own commitments and the way we live our lives. That leaves only what exists at the moment. The here and now is perhaps the most exciting time of all, if we apply our energies creatively and joyfully. Could that be why it is known as the present?

No matter how old you are as you read this article, know that you can take a lesson from the poet William Ernest Henley: be the master of your own fate and the captain of your own soul, at work and at home.

All the best,

Phil Rosenberg
The HR Doctor


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