Georgia Magazine - October 2012 - (Page 5)
BY PAUL WOOD President/CEO, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation
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Tomorrow–always a great day
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don’t spend a lot of time looking back nostalgically to relive better times. I’m more interested in looking toward the future, and I do so with great expectations for what it will bring. The Internet’s social networks are full of people sharing photos of the good times they experienced with friends long ago. Many remember days in high school or college as the best of their lives. For me, looking backward is not a productive activity unless the goal is to recall all the mistakes I’ve made in order to avoid repeating them. George Washington, someone wrote, made many mistakes but never repeated any. If looking back could guarantee such discipline, I would be all for it. For most of us, however, tomorrow offers the best opportunity to stimulate the brain to experience even better times than any a fading memory might conjure up with an old photo. Every doctor will tell you that. That stimulation is not going to happen while sitting in front of a TV all day or hurrying to a restaurant for the senior citizen discount before 6 p.m. Great things don’t happen to us by accident. When renowned scientist Louis Pasteur was asked how it felt to stumble upon a new scientiﬁc discovery, his answer was always the same: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” In that spirit, I will tell you, with conviction, great things are in store for those who refuse to stop learning, refuse to stop caring, refuse to stop exploring life’s opportunities. Most who reach my age are aware of their accumulated lifetime of wisdom, and many have the ability to focus anew on any subject that inter(Contined from front
ests them. I applaud them. The late Hugh Downs, who spent a successful career in broadcasting, always wanted to be a doctor. When he arrived in his mid-60s, he went back to school and earned a postgraduate degree in gerontology. Eventually, he wrote a book to help others with their postcareer journey. I’m not suggesting you should ignore the wonderful images in your memory that you will always cherish. One of the great pleasures in life is to pull out those mental images from time to time. Just don’t overlook the pleasures to be derived from each new day, and look forward with anticipation to the moment of discovery awaiting you when tomorrow arrives. If you have time, put photos of your new experiences and discoveries on Facebook or Flickr. Share them with your friends—and send a couple to me. I visited an old friend in the hospital recently. I have known him many years, and it was sad to see him entering the end days of his life. As we talked quietly for a few moments, he began to smile. I asked what he was thinking, and he replied, “I can’t wait until tomorrow. I have so much to do.” Then, it was my turn to smile, and I told him, “Tomorrow will be a great day for you.”
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PAUL WOOD is the president and CEO of Georgia Electric Membership Corp., headquartere d in Tucker. Georgia EMC represents Georgia’s 42 electric membership corporations (EMCs), Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp., providing electricity to more than 4.5 million residents and businesses in Georgia.
Prior to his move to Georgia, Wood was executive director of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives . Today, he has become one of Georgia’s most fervent promoters through his service to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 4-H Foundation, FDR Warm Springs Memorial Advisory Committee and KidsPeace. In 2004, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue tapped Wood to serve as co-chairman of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and, in 2007, Wood to chair the Commission Perdue also asked for a New Georgia Service Delivery Taskforce. Not long after Gov. Nathan Deal was inaugurated in 2011, he appointed Wood to serve on his newly formed Georgia Competitiven ess Initiative. During his nearly half-century of service to electric membership cooperatives, Wood has held many leadership positions, including president of the Rural Electric Statewide Managers’ Association.
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