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Spontaneous Beatles music at a Rotary meeting bring a message to roll with the punches.

Tom Cook is a volunteer chaplain for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and the Forest Grove Police Department.
Several weeks ago, I was making a presentation to my morning Daybreak Rotary Club on a recent conference I had attended. I purposefully turned my cellphone ringer off and left the phone on the table. After a few minutes at the podium the entire room rang out with the Beatles song: "Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!"

At first, I thought it was someone else's cellphone. But then, when I saw a member grab my phone and bring it to me, I knew I was the culprit.

But, it was not a phone call. Somehow, someway, my phone started playing the last song I had playing while I was in my shop the day before! Spontaneous Beatles music!

The song is cute, but I certainly did not want to hear it right then. Everyone got a chuckle, and I went on with the presentation.

Lesson learned.

The words "ob-la-di, ob-la-da" actually don't mean anything — just a phrase that one of the Beatles had heard in London. But the rest of the song makes a point.

Life is like that. Sometimes spontaneous. Sometimes embarrassing. And we have to learn to roll with it: "Semper Gumby."

For the rest of the day I found myself humming that tune with a smile. It's true, you know, no matter what happens to us: life goes on.

Now that is something to think about.


Tom Cook is a volunteer chaplain for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and the Forest Grove Police Department.

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