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From the Vice President

December 1, 2016


In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I share the following story:

Rudyard Kipling was a great writer and poet. Unlike many old writers, Kipling was one of the few who had opportunity to enjoy his success while he lived. He also made a great deal of money at his trade. One time a newspaper reporter came up to him and said, "Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over a hundred dollars a word; Mr. Kipling raised his eyebrows and said, "Really, I certainly wasn’t aware of that." The reporter cynically reached down into his pocket and pulled out a one hundred dollar bill and gave it to Kipling and said, "Here’s a hundred dollar bill, Mr. Kipling. Now, you give me one of your hundred dollar words." Mr. Kipling looked at that hundred dollar bill for a moment, took it and folded it up and put it in his pocket and said, "Thanks."

Kipling’s right! The word thanks is certainly a hundred dollar word. In fact, I would say it is more like a million dollar word. It’s a word that is too seldom heard, too rarely spoken and too often forgotten.

The Division of Government and Community Affairs pauses to reflect and say thanks to God for our many blessings. While there are any number of things that we can identify to complain about, we rather choose to count our blessings – family, friendships, the strong and resilient citizens of Detroit, a great university to work for, committed community organizations – the list goes on and on. If everyone would adopt an attitude of thanksgiving, our world would be changed.

So, to you, our readers, we say “Thanks” for reading our newsletter and supporting our efforts. And thank you for all you do to make ours a great city!


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