Stop & Think: December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. (Margaret Thatcher, late British prime minister) Christmas has so many wonderful traditions, including music.  Hearing the...

Stop & Think: December 23, 2020

Anno Domini Christmas is the day that holds all time together. (Alexander Smith, 19th-century Scottish poet) Have you ever wondered why this year is designated 2020 AD? When it was determined to synchronize calendars around the world, the pivotal...

Stop & Think: December 22, 2020

Christmas and Easter It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. (W. T. Ellis, Civil War veteran) So much of the “Christmas spirit” is manufactured by advertising and showy programs, but, as Ellis suggests, the real Christmas...

Stop & Think: December 21, 2020

Christmas Joy Christmas is for children. But it’s for grown-ups, too. (Lenora Mattingly Weber, 19th-20th century American author) With a rather disheartening comment, Weber continues, “Even if it’s a headache, a chore, a nightmare it is a period...

Stop & Think: December 20, 2020

Christmas is Coming For children Christmas is anticipation. For adults Christmas is memory. (Eric Sevareid, late American news journalist) This is Christmas week, and children are eagerly awaiting the parties and, especially, the opening of gifts...

Stop & Think: December 19, 2020

Arrogance Arrogance blocks honor either by seeking it or by rejecting it. (Dan Rockwell, fitness enthusiast) We are often disappointed by someone who is a successful winner but who is arrogant. Pride is a strong turn off for lots of people...

Stop & Think: December 18, 2020

Ready for Christmas? A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. (Garrison Keillor, American storyteller) In most of the so-called civilized world, Christmas will be observed in...

Stop & Think: December 17, 2020

Principles A principle is an approach you stick with even if you know it might lead to a short-term outcome you don’t prefer. (Seth Godin) Godin continues, “If your guiding principle is to do whatever benefits you right now, you don’t have...

Stop & Think: December 16, 2020

Judgment We don’t see things the way they are, but the way we are. (Anaïs Nin, 20th-century French-Cuban American writer) It’s often a question of viewpoint or perspective. We evaluate what we see and make our judgments based on our personal...

Stop & Think: December 15, 2020

Living One day your life will flash before your eyes; make sure it’s worth watching. (Gerard Way, American singer and songwriter) Whether it’s true that people see their lives flash before them in moments of extreme danger, the idea is both...

Stop & Think: December 14, 2020

Friendship III Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. (Elbert Hubard, 19th-century American writer) Friendships can be pretty fragile when there isn’t a firm commitment. Before we discard a friend because we learn...

Stop & Think: December 13, 2020

Friendship II It takes a long time to grow an old friend. (John Leonard, late literary critic) Long-time friends are invaluable assets to anyone who enjoys life and strong relationships. Most people have a lot of acquaintances, but the people who...

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