Stop & Think: June 30, 2019

Expectation Keep looking up … that’s the secret of life. (Snoopy, cartoon character) Snoopy is a dog in the “Peanuts” cartoons. Such characters can teach some helpful lessons while giving us a laugh or two. Have you ever noticed that some...

Stop & Think: June 29, 2019

Generosity Generosity is a function of the heart, not the wallet. (Wayne Dyer, late self-help author) “You may have convinced yourself that giving is impossible because you have too little for yourself. If you are not generous when it is...

Stop & Think: June 28, 2019

Love Love is giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive personal reward. (Bill Gothard, speaker and writer) “I just love apple pie.” “I love baseball.” “I love ‘Star War’ movies.” We hear such statements all the time. How loosely...

Stop & Think: June 27, 2019

Judging It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. (H.L. Mencken, 20th century essayist) What does this say about character? First, it suggests that the hearer has his doubts...

Stop & Think: June 26, 2019

Abilities Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade? (Benjamin Franklin) Does anyone remember sundials? If there are any today, they are probably only for ornamental use in a flower garden. They’re of little...

Stop & Think: June 25, 2019

Light All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. (Breathe Partners) You can snuff out a candle to bring the room into complete darkness, but as long as the candle is lit, the darkness will be incomplete. It’s...

Stop & Think: June 24, 2019

Training He who does the work is not so profitably employed as he who multiplies the doers. (John Mott, 19th-20th centuries YMCA leader) Good work is important, and it is appropriate to acknowledge the accomplishments of a good worker. But, if...

Stop & Think: June 23, 2019

Leading He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. (African proverb) That’s seems obvious. But author Kenneth J. Brown takes a different view; he says, “Don’t worry about how few are following today, if you...

Stop & Think: June 22, 2019

Disagreements The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with. (Eleanor Holmes Norton, delegate to the US Congress) It seems difficult today to be heard if your ideas and...

Stop & Think: June 21, 2019

Poverty It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” (Seneca, 1st century Stoic philosopher) We sometimes jokingly ask, “How much is enough?” The answer, of course, is “Just a little more.” In Seneca’s ancient...

Stop & Think: June 20, 2019

Good, Better, and Best He who stops being better stops being good. (Oliver Cromwell, 17th century British political leader) To say that “Good is not enough” sounds strange, doesn’t it? After all, we always emphasize the importance of being and...

Stop & Think: June 19, 2019

Words Words build bridges into unexplored regions. The writer continues, “If you’re finding yourself stuck on something—whether it’s an idea, a place, a conversation, or anything else—it’s helpful to remember that oftentimes...

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