Stop & Think: January 31, 2019

Worse than Failure “Coach, I am not afraid of failing, I am afraid of being successful at something that doesn’t matter.” (An athlete to Coach Morris M. Michalski) Is there something worse than failure? After all, we can learn a lot when we don’t...

Stop & Think: January 29, 2019

Reading To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. (Victor Hugo, 19th century French dramatist) People who read a lot—no matter what the source—have very likely forgotten what it was like not to be able to...

Stop & Think: January 28, 2019

Choices Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this. (Celine Dion, Canadian singer) We don’t get to choose everything that surrounds us or happens to us in life. We...

Stop & Think: January 26, 2019

Confrontation Confrontation is not a matter of tact, diplomacy, and smoothness of tongue. It is basically simplicity of speech, empathy in attitude, and honesty in response. (David Augsburger, author) Very few people enjoy confrontation; most of...

Stop & Think: January 25, 2019

I Want It! Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. (Dalai Lama) Parents know what it’s like to deal with children who want what they want when they want it—and that’s right now! We also know that our...

Stop & Think: January 24, 2019

Unconditional Love Love is not unending tolerance of bad behavior. It is true that love covers sin, but it also corrects it. (Randy Smith, teacher) We hear a lot about unconditional love today, meaning you have to continue loving someone almost...

Stop & Think: January 23, 2019

Problems The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. (Horace Bushnell, 19th century minister) People generally try to avoid all the problems of life that...

Stop & Think: January 22, 2019

Today Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond our reach. (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 18th & 19th century German writer and statesman) In one sense, time is all we have to deal with. When...

Stop & Think: January 21, 2019

Belief In any project the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome. (William James, 19th & 20th century philosopher and psychologist) Many will agree with James’ proposition. Certainly, you have to...

Stop & Think: January 20, 2019

Money Money might make you wealthy, but friends make you rich. (Author unknown) Money often seems to be the measure used to determine the value of a product or a person. How much is he/she/it worth? It doesn’t take much to discover, however, that...

Stop & Think: January 19, 2019

Opportunity Water doesn’t go under the bridge twice. (Author unknown) We don’t know what the originator of this expression meant, but we can learn at least two things from it. 1) Water will flow under the bridge in only one direction. To change...

Stop & Think: January 18, 2019

Offering Help A hungry man doesn’t have ears. (Stephen Joyce, son of author James Joyce) A simple statement, but a pungent reminder of how we should consider our offer to help those in need. We may want to scold a homeless man for not looking for...

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