August 11, 2017

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not. (Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century clergyman) When we give advice, we most often want to see how faithfully it is...

August 10, 2017

The miracle isn’t that I finished. It’s that I had the courage to start. (John Bingham, Marathon Runner) Most people look at marathon runners with admiration and, maybe, a little envy. Don’t we all wish that we could compete well in...

August 9, 2017

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. (Coco Chanel, late French fashion designer) Speaking your own mind can be scary. The pressure of strong influence from the media or out-spoken friends might intimidate us so that we...

August 8, 2017

All who would win joy must share it; happiness was born a twin. (Lord Byron, 18th & 19th century English poet) A truly happy person—one whose joy is constant and obvious—is a person whose company is enjoyed and whose attitude is contagious...

August 7, 2017

It is not what you are that counts but only what people think you are. (Joseph Kennedy, late ambassador to Britain and father of President John F. Kennedy) Kennedy’s statement is subject to two widely different understandings. It may be true...

August 6, 2017

In today’s society, tolerance is a common theme. Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood and misused. (Jesse Deloe, writer and editor) The dictionary: tolerance is “sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting...

August 5, 2017

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something different is the greatest accomplishment. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century essayist and poet) People today—especially young people—are pressed on every side to conform to...

August 4, 2017

A life not lived for others is not a life. (Mother Teresa) That’s a hard saying, isn’t it? Many of us have been raised in an environment where we are taught to look out for ourselves first, and to beware of others lest they take advantage of us...

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...

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