August 3, 2017

There are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. (Frequently quoted observation) Although constructive criticism can be of great value, most of us don’t enjoy being criticized. Even when it’s right and...

August 2, 2017

If we do not change direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed. (Ancient Chinese proverb) It’s simple common sense, isn’t it? Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting...

August 1, 2017

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Maya Angelou, late U.S. poet laureate) Angelou’s observation is important to remember. We often think that...

July 31, 2017

If you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others. (Sydney J. Harris, (20th century American journalist) “It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other...

July 30, 2017

The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn’t need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas. (Abe Tannenbaum, architect) Like most people, you have probably looked at a uniquely constructed...

July 29, 2017

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. (Dennis P. Kimbro, business teacher and writer) Not everything that happens to us in our life experience is good or pleasant. Disease, accidents, mistreatment—they all occur in everyone’s...

July 28, 2017

Values are taught more by example than by lecture and research. (Jesse Deloe, writer, editor) We are often told that good education would help solve most of society’s problems. But William Burroughs notes that “The aim of education is the...

July 27, 2017

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. (Henry David Thoreau, 19th century American essayist and philosopher) Is Thoreau’s observation accurate? Was it true in his lifetime? Today? The daily news, on TV, in hard print, or on social media...

July 26, 2017

The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. (Sir Hugh Walpoe, 20th century English novelist) Speaking of...

July 25, 2017

The practice of scales solves the greatest number of technical problems in the shortest amount of time. (Andrés Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist). Remember when your mother insisted that you take piano lessons? Many of us started but soon...

July 24, 2017

You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices. (Deepak Chopra, author) The ability to choose is one of the few factors...

July 23, 2017

The family characteristic that should be most evident in us is summed up in these words, “walk in love.” (Elyse Fitzpatrick, author) Today it’s very evident that the family unit is in trouble. Single mothers, absentee fathers, children out of...

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