Friday, December 27, 2019

2020 needs men like Paul Newman

2020 is just around the corner and it got me thinking about our lives and how sad it is that we have become such a divided country. Money seems to be the top priority but when I hear about the “great economy” I can't help but think about all the people who live below the poverty level and how they must feel.

It reminded me of an interview that I heard many years ago with the movie star Paul Newman.

He told how he and his wife JoAnne decided early in their marriage to put a cap on the amount of money that they would need to lead a good life.He went on to say that a person, or persons, could only have so many “toys” and, in a world that was overcome with poverty and hardship they felt it was a crime to just keep on getting without giving back. He said they intended to live the rest of their lives like this and he was true to his word.

Newman's Own, his line of salad dressings & sauces, gives every bit of the profits for charitable purposes but I think his favorite might have been the Hole In The Wall camps that he started in 1988. These camps are still providing free holidays to children with life threatening illnesses.

This picture says it all.  A contented man who is still changing the world for millions with his legacy.  


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Imagine a rich person saying, "We have enough."

4:17 PM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

They were wise people with much common sense!

4:23 AM  
Blogger Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

(My friend Jan writes:)

This is my definition of a hero!
Think of the wonderful things he has done, the life he has lived. I won't mention the contrast with certain other loud mouthed greedy 'entertainers,' tho I can't help but see the contrast. Newman is a great role model for anyone who wants to make a difference- a GOOD difference.
For those who don't have millions to set up charities (like REAL charities) to help kids- or adults who need help, for that matter, there still are a million other smaller opportunities out there, working in Foodbanks, soup kitchens, sponsoring a kid at a summer camp...
Just last week there was a story about a barber who set up 'shop' at the edge of a park and gave free hair cuts to the homeless. it cost her a day out of her life, that's all.
Got a car? Consider delivering Meals on Wheels.
There is sooo much GOOD we all can do, just DO IT!

5:53 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

He was so much more that startling blue eyes. We really could use more like him. I like how Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and about a hundred other billionaires have pledged to give the majority of their income to philanthropic causes over their lifetime. Hopefully they caught the Newman spirit.

6:29 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I agree with Jan. Paul Newman epitomizes the man everyone should aspire to be. From his looks, his talent - to his philanthropy - he is the best!!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sadly, not too many people feel like the Newmans and are always aspiring for more “things.”

5:39 PM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

I always try to purchase Newman's Own products whenever I can. Besides the charitable aspect, the products are always quite good. He was a fine man.

4:23 PM  

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