Stop & Think: August 22, 2019

Influence Control violates the human will and renders freedom an illusion. (Roy Angle, cross-cultural worker) Angle continues, “The illusion of control is starkly contrasted with the reality of influence. Influence always gives options.” We all...

Stop & Think: August 21, 2019

Respect If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 19th century Russian novelist) Looking at it another way, former general and U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell wrote, “Trying to get...

Stop & Think: August 20, 2019

Character Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next. ( William Hershey Davis, seminary professor) Davis continues, “Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; Character is what you have...

Stop & Think: August 19, 2019

Relationships Relationships — of all kinds — are like sand held in your hand. (Kahlil Jamison, leadership consultant) She says: “Held loosely, with an open hand the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to...

Stop & Think: August 18, 2019

Obedience Understanding can wait; obedience can’t. (Pastor Rick Warren, author) Sometimes we don’t want to follow the boss’s order or a directive we don’t understand. Warren suggests, not only that we should obey right away whether we understand...

Stop & Think: August 16, 2019

Satisfied Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything. (Iman Ali, actress) No doubt, we’ve all had experience in similar extremes. We can remember those days when there was not enough...

Stop & Think: August 15, 2019

Doing Our Best If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people (Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor) Some people never seem to be happy in doing what they’re doing, whether it’s working at a job, studying...

Stop & Thinks: August 14, 2019

Purpose History never looks like history when you are living through it. (John W. Gardner, late U.S. cabinet member) Sometimes commentators say that we’re living in historic times. In reality, of course, all times are historic times—some more so...

Stop & Thinks: August 13, 2019

Serving Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. (Muhammad Ali, late boxing champion) Ali’s statement may not be a new or unusual philosophical pronouncement. In fact, it’s quite simple and does suggest a sound life...

Stop & Think: August 12, 2019

Patience Waiting is as necessary as planting and fertilizing. (Charles Swindoll, pastor, author) Swindoll writes of the little boy who plants the seed and then nervously digs it up every day to see if it is growing. That’s the impatience of...

Stop & Think: August 11, 2019

Others You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. (Harper Lee, author) Author Toni Sorenson put it another way: “Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes isn’t as much about the walk or...

Stop & Think: August 10, 2019

Teamwork Many of us are more capable than some of us . . . but none of us is as capable as all of us. (Tom Wilson, professional athlete) Who would know better about teamwork than an athlete? He or she may be a star, but each is dependent on the...

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