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“If I Catch Any Wild Women, I’ll Call You and Ask What to Do With Them”  

 

by Glenn Shepard
November 8, 2016
Category: Inspiration

   


 

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Congratulations to these 10 finalists for the 2016 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. The winner will be announced in late November.

Alexis Witt
Transamerica Retirement Solutions
Los Angeles, CA

Craig Urbanke
Statewide Agency
Rome, NY

Dr. Larry McIntire and Mr. Rudolph Farber
Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance
Joplin, MO

Gina Spagnola, President & CEO
Galveston Chamber of Commerce
Galveston, TX

Jack Kepley, Scoutmaster
Troop 448
Salisbury, NC

Jared Freeman, President & CEO
ASE Credit Union
Montgomery, AL

Kathi Vidrine
SteamBoat Bill’s
Lake Charles, LA

Rick Tebay, Plant Manager
Jack Link's Beef Jerky
Alpena, SD

Shelea Monroe
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Nashville, TN

Wendy Egli, GM
Martin Brower
Dickson, TN

   

In 2012, I did a seminar in Anderson, Indiana, that will haunt me forever.

The night before, I was scheduled to have dinner with my father-in-law, who lived in nearby Muncie. But that dinner never happened, because he died that afternoon.

I met my sister-in-law and the coroner at his house, and was asked to call his best friend, a 90 year old WWII veteran named Bud.

They were both widowed, and had become very close friends very late in life.

Bud saw the caller ID, assumed it was my father-in-law, and began talking about how excited he was about their upcoming trip to Myrtle Beach.

When I broke the news to him, he wept inconsolably and kept saying “Glenn, I just lost my best friend. You don’t know how hard it is to find friends at my age. What am I going to do now?”

I was so afraid he would die of a broken heart that I was praying to God that I’d say the right thing.

I did the only thing I could think of, which was to remind him that he survived losing his beloved wife four years earlier, and survived his ship sinking after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine 70 years earlier.

He would survive losing his best friend.

Fast forward to 2016.

Last week I called to wish him a happy 94th birthday, and asked if he was chasing any wild women. His response was “Only if they don’t run very fast!”

At the end of the call, I said I’d let him get back to chasing all those women. His response was “If I catch one, I’ll have to call and have you remind me what I’m supposed to do next”.

Bud and I have grown close over the past four years, and he has never once complained about anything.

As my Baby Boomer generation continues its never ending pursuit of how to stay forever young, I wonder if Bud’s generation may have already found it. At least one element of it… to always laugh and make the most out of whatever hand life has dealt you.

To Your Success,



Glenn Shepard

P.S.
I should also mention that Bud still works two days a week as a volunteer, and walks two miles every day.




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