July 7, 2015 3 Comments
Burt Shavitz, a co-founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics and personal care products, passed away on Sunday at the age of 80. I have seen (probably you have, too) those yellow Burt’s Bees tubes and bottles at the grocery story, pharmacy, convenience store, … everywhere, practically, with that bearded face on them. I always wondered just who that character was. Well, it was Burt. He was a man with an incredibly interesting life story. While doing a little searching and reading I ran into an interview with him from a year ago. Here it is.
Reading through the interview a couple of lines got my attention. Talking about his very simple home and lifestyle in Maine, Mr Shavitz put it this way, “Everybody has their own idea of what a good place to be is, and this is mine.” To me, this emphasizes the idea that we are individuals with our own ideas of what makes us happy. In a decent society there is respect for each individual’s pursuit of happiness.