Doug Langham
I’ve known Doug for at least ten years.  If there is ever a person who fits the description of a kind,  generous, and compassionate person it’s Doug.  As a fellow Rotarian, he is a perfect example of someone who holds the 4-way test:  is it the TRUTH, is it FAIR to all concerned, will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS, will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned.

Several years ago Doug and I were part of a Lansing Sister City delegation to St. Petersburg, Russia.  The trip allowed us to get to know each other better and what I found is Doug is a great conversationalist, very educated and yet down-to-earth.  He is also a talented photographer.

If you get a chance to spend time with Doug Langham you’ll be glad you did!

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

“People who are positive in spirit, and who pursue life with dedication and integrity.”

DO YOU HAVE A SLOGAN OR MOTTO?

“Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”- -Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

DO YOU HAVE A LESSON OR THOUGHT TO SHARE?

I have often recalled the last words of my father, shortly before his death in 1975:  “Doug, as I have gone through life, the noblest quality I have ever detected in my fellow man is compassion, that special caring for others. And, if you seek your friends based upon that singular quality alone you will never go far wrong.”  Those words rang true for me then, and they ring true today…

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH STRESS?

I remind myself of the Serenity Prayer, try to keep my perspective, and maintain a sense of humor…”A hundred years from now we will probably be setting on a cloud laughing about this…” In the past, I used to go far long walks or bike rides, but ankle problems and Parkinson’s Disease now make those pursuits difficult if not impossible. I enjoy relaxing with family or friends, my hobby of photography, reading a good book, listening to music, going out for dinner, or spending time at South Haven enjoying Lake Michigan.

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