Lessons from Mayberry

October 2013 - Reflections
by Laura Hodges Poole

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October 2013 - Reflections

Andy Griffith’s passing marked the end of an era characterized by wholesome writing and quality television programming. The Andy Griffith Show proved a writer could weave a story that captivated viewers’ imaginations without resorting to the smoke-and-mirrors sex and violence that permeates today’s entertainment and literature.

The Andy Griffith Show’s success hinged on Andy’s ability to make the viewer wish they lived in the fictitious town of Mayberry—a place where you could sit on the porch on a Sunday afternoon while Andy played his guitar and debated with Barney about getting a bottle of pop at Wally’s filling station or churning homemade ice cream with Opie and Aunt Bee. For thirty minutes, Mayberry existed, and we were part of it.

Andy’s death aroused some level of emotion in almost everyone. We all have our favorite Mayberry moments and characters. Beyond this, his impact on American culture is unrivaled in the entertainment industry. Consider the parallels of what Andy Griffith taught us through his show and life—and how we can apply these lessons to our lives and work.

Although Griffith starred in a variety of roles, among them a curmudgeon attorney in Matlock and a few “bad guys,” he was mindful of the morals and standards he represented.

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