Stop & Think: August 3, 2019

Choices May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears. (Nelson Mandela, late president of South Africa) Mandela’s thought is echoed by author Judith Knowlton, “I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice...

December 17, 2017

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. (John H. Southard) Getting even seems to be an innate reaction when we’ve been mistreated or hurt in some way. Of course, we don’t try to just get even; most...

December 16, 2017

The unexamined life is not worth living. (Socrates, 4th century B.C. Greek philosopher) We often hear a lot about accountability, but we don’t see much of it. Is it because so many people seem to be living their lives with their own agenda and no...

December 15, 2017

Hope: a wish or desire supported by some confidence of its fulfillment. (American Heritage Dictionary) “I hope so” is often what we say when there’s something we really want to happen. It might be just a wish, or it could be something we have our...

December 14, 2017

Embrace the current season of your life. (Gabrielle Blair, designer and author) Some people long for another time or circumstance that they think would help them to be happy and more productive. Looking forward to another season rather than...

December 13, 2017

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand it’s at the end of your arm. (Audrey Hepburn, late British actress) An attitude of entitlement seems to be a growing trait today. We think the world owes us something. Some folks always seem to be looking...

December 12, 2017

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. (Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president) Some of us are dreamers, wishing we could accomplish some great feat but thinking we are limited by our lack of special ability, the environment, or the...

December 11, 2017

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things—not the great occasions—give off the greatest glow of happiness. (Bob Hope, late American comedian) It’s just two weeks till Christmas. As we plan and prepare for the...

December 10, 2017

Babies may be born with an inherent personality, but character must be developed! (Jim Hines, pediatrician and gubernatorial candidate) Babies are so cute and lovable; it’s hard to think of them ever growing up to be less than perfect. But, the...

December 9, 2017

Have the courage to act instead of react. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 19th-20th century jurist) Quick reflexes are valuable when you are faced with an unexpected and, perhaps, dangerous situation. We may delay reacting to other less perilous...

December 8, 2017

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. (Franklin P. Jones, author) We all make mistakes. Hopefully, they’re easily forgiven with an appropriate apology. Sometimes, however, it’s harder...

December 7, 2017

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. (Muhammad Ali, late boxing champion) In a similar vein, humanitarian Dan O’Deens writes, “Rent is still due if you are still breathing whether life treats you well or not. “ Both...

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