A Keynote Address

June 11th, 2009

On Tuesday, the 9th, we had the privilege of hearing a keynote address by George Maynard, VP of Philanthropy and Partnership at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical System, at the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy conference in Nashville. George is a client and a friend and this was an unprecedented opportunity to hear reflections on a long career in healthcare philanthropy, a life well-lived and a thoughtful plan for maintaining focus and a positive attitude.

George spoke of three specifics that keep him on track, no matter what the conditions: joy, death and giving.

Joy, as he defined it, is not a by-product of happiness but rather the conscious decision to bring a positive attitude to every circumstance. He referred to the “unconditional yes” with which he approaches life, no matter how trying this situation may seem.

He referred to death in unusual terms – as a grand finale to this life. He shared the following familiar quote, reminding us that if you fully accept the inevitability of death, you’ll learn to live each day as if it were the only one remaining.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, WOW, what a ride!!!!

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, WOW, what a ride!!!!

Lastly, George spoke of giving of one’s time talent and treasure. He reminded us all that fundraisers do others a favor as they provide them an opportunity to give, and that giving is in the nature of the human soul. Fundraising is not an activity unto itself, but rather the linking of the right giver with the right need.

Thank you, George; perfect timing.



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