January 25, 2018

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the commonplace simple, awesomely simple, that is creativity. (Charles Mingus, musician) Have you ever sat in a class when you wondered what the teacher was getting at? It seemed so complicated...

January 24, 2018

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill, British leader during World War II) No one likes to fail or be involved in failure of any kind. Churchill’s experience in war included failure after...

January 23, 2018

Without pain . . . there is no way of life (Angelina Jolie, actress and humanitarian) “Without pain,” she says, “there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes.” That’s probably not what we want to hear...

January 22, 2018

You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk. (George Clooney, actor) Most people seem to take pleasure in talking. Conversation is one of life’s most enjoyable enterprises. But we don’t like it much when someone monopolizes the...

January 21, 2018

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. (Henry David Thoreau, 19th century American essayist and philosopher) Thoreau’s thought is expressed another way by a 21st century music star, Ella Fitzgerald: “Just...

January 20, 2018

Truth without grace is just condemnation; grace without truth is mere license. (James Emery White, preacher and author) Confronting a family member or friend about his or her improper conduct or attitude can be a really critical moment. As White...

January 19, 2018

We become like that which we love. (Late Catholic Bishop Fulton Sheen) Is it true that people begin to look like their pets? It’s probably just a joke, but there is some truth to what Bishop Sheen says. Over the years of marriage couples do begin...

January 18, 2018

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else. (T. S. Elliot, late British essayist) “The writing on the wall” is a biblical phrase that foretold doom for a nation that had subjugated God’s...

January 17, 2018

Most of our suspicions of others are aroused by our knowledge of ourselves. (Quoted by Kary Oberbrunner, motivational author and speaker) That statement is a bit unsettling. But is it true? Do we question the actions or motivations of other...

January 16, 2018

Adversity reveals genius; prosperity covers it up. (Roger Staubach, former football star) Anyone who stars in competitive professional sports, as Staubach did, has faced lots of physical and mental adversity. Staubach demonstrated brilliance in...

January 15, 2018

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. (Jim Rohn, late author and motivational speaker) No matter how busy we think we are, we do manage to find time to do the things we really want to do, don’t we? When...

January 14, 2018

Character is tested when a person receives power. (Attributed to Abraham Lincoln by John Wooden, late legendary coach) Wooden points out that key elements of great character: humility, consideration for others and integrity are sometimes severely...

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