Lowell Bennion (1908 ~ 1996) has a philosophical creed that continues to inspire me. He was an extraordinary man of service. I've been reminded this week that serving another person gets us outside of ourselves ~ and HOPE, joy and peace replace whatever negative thoughts or feelings we were having.
I've been thinking a lot this week about the impact that one person, like Lowell Bennion, can have on so many. The first food bank and homeless shelters in Utah were founded by Lowell Bennion. My grandfather, Bill Swinyard, and Lowell were neighbors and they loved to go around the neighborhood to visit people together. He used to make Lowell laugh so much. My memories of Lowell mostly have to do with his genuine smile and the way I felt when I was around him. It wasn't until many years later that I understood the impact he made on so many lives.
Here is Lowell Bennion's philosophical creed (and photo) which I have on my fridge. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
LOWELL BENNION'S PHILISOPHICAL CREED
Learn to like what doesn't cost much
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different . . . different from you.
Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the song of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house,
and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.