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Let’s hear it for Kermit

Youth zone
Evan Zislis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I miss Kermit the Frog. Kermit was all about making the best of hard times. He genuinely believed everyone had something to offer ” something to contribute for the greater good. He saw the potential for good in those who could not even see it in themselves. Through his optimism, Kermit helped unite impossibly diverse groups ” chickens, pigs, bears, frogs, and ridiculous monsters of all shapes and sizes ” even people. Together, they overcame outlandish obstacles in order to accomplish fantastic success.

When I look at the state of the world today, sometimes I wonder, “What would Kermit do?” He was a simple frog, driven by a kindness and compassion unlike any I have ever seen. Kermit was a paragon of integrity, determined to do the right thing at any cost ” helping everyone in his path along the way. Not bound by material possession or desire for fame, wealth or power, Kermit lived for simple pleasures: meaningful conversation, the opportunity to help a friend, a catchy song in an unpolluted swamp. I miss Kermit because of his effortless ability to shine a little light on dark times and those who have lost their way.

It is easy to be overwhelmed today, but in these times of uncertainty, I am comforted by Kermit’s steadfast resolve. Kermit’s lessons were always the same: Chip in. Share your stuff. Give of your time and genuine concern for the well-being of friends and neighbors. Forget about the glamour and the glitz which ultimately only provides superficial and fleeting happiness. Take care of your swamp. Get over “being green” and love yourself for being the unique and special frog that you are.



These are not hard principles to understand, but increasingly difficult to live by in a nation of disconnected individuals addicted to colossal television sets, fast food, prescription pills and the acquisition of stuff wrapped in plastic packaging. I wonder how Kermit would react to Jerry Springer, XBox and corrupt CEOs. I think he would be disappointed that we have collectively lost sight of what is really important in our short and fragile lives. I think he would say we should all think long and hard about what kind of people we want to be ” and if that kind of person makes the world a better place.

I’d like to think we now have a chance to redefine ourselves as disconnected individuals and come together as a nation. Now is the perfect time to do some soul-searching and ask ourselves what is truly important. Consider the forgotten reality one in five children in the United States lives in poverty today. Consider the safety of our sons and daughters in the Armed Forces fighting overseas this very moment. Consider your priorities for your children and their future.



This holiday season and into the New Year, ask yourself, “What would Kermit do?” and see if it helps guide you and your family to a more simple lifestyle and a more meaningful life.

To learn more about inspiring your family, YouthZone can help. Call us at 945-9300 or visit us online at http://www.youthzone.com.

Evan Zislis is the division manager for Aspen-Carbondale YouthZone


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