Stop & Think: February 27, 2020

Change and Growth If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. (Gail Sheehy, journalist) Why is it that so many of us resist change? After all, change is inevitable. As Sheehy suggests, growth of any kind is...

Stop & Think: February 26, 2020

Friendship II Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. (Henry Brooks Adams, 19th-20th century historian) How do you respond when you discover that a friend isn’t as “perfect” as you thought he or she...

Stop & Think: February 25, 2020

Friendship I This communicating of a man’s self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joy, and cutteth griefs in half. (Francis Bacon, 16th-17th century English philosopher) The math of Bacon’s statement is an...

Stop & Think: February 24, 2020

Advice Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 18th-19th century English poet) It’s winter now, and as the snow falls, it might be helpful to put aside...

Stop & Think: February 23, 2020

Weakness You have to take responsibility for how you respond to… trial. (John Stumbo, author) John Stumbo suffered from a months-long undiagnosed illness that kept him unable to walk, stand, swallow, or eat except by a feeding tube. He dealt with...

Stop & Think: February 21, 2020

Encouragement The fact that you are willing to say, “I do not understand, and it is fine,” is the greatest understanding you could exhibit. (Wayne Dyer, self-help, best-selling author) When a friend shares his difficult situation with us, we may...

Stop & Think: February 18, 2020

Thinking and Acting Doing and thinking work together to form character. (Paraphrase of Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College) He continued, “If their characters are not courageous, moderate, and just, then not only will they [lack...

Stop & Think: February 17, 2020

Friendship I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial. (Thomas Jefferson) On Presidents’ Day we look to our third president for a helpful comment about friends. Various...

Stop & Think: February 14, 2020

A Smile If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. (Maya Angelou, late US Poet Laureate) “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue . . .” is the way our childish Valentine cards often began. It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re expected...

Stop & Think: February 13, 2020

Coincidence Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. (Albert Einstein, late noted scientist) When certain circumstances of life seem to converge in an unexpected, “accidental” sort of way, we often wonder why and how. Although Einstein...

Stop & Think: February 12, 2020

Love II When we give love away, it always comes back to us. Love is a verb… it is an action… it is THE action. (Dan O’Deens, author) Many people mistakenly think of love as just an interaction between two bodies that may or may not convey any...

Stop & Think: February 11, 2020

Love I Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. (Victor Hugo, 19th century French dramatist) “What the world needs now is love, sweet love; that’s the only thing there’s too little of.” So go the words of a popular 1965 song. It...

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