Stop & Think: February 25, 2019

To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do. (John Adams, 2nd U.S. President) This is Presidents’ Day in the U.S., a day to honor the men who have led our country for more than two centuries. Adams’ comment may be over-simplified but it’s...

Stop & Think: February 24, 2019

Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. (Wilfred Peterson, late author and columnist) There are many definitions of success, and this one could be helpful if you’re hesitating to move...

Stop & Think: February 23, 2019

You will never influence someone who doesn’t first feel accepted by you. (Mike Lee, pastor) If your employee, student, or companion feels that you don’t regard him or her as a valued person with ability, you will certainly not be able to affect...

Stop & Think: February 22, 2019

Not everyone has the opportunity to peep behind the curtain . . .  (George Washington) Some people seem to think they have the right to make judgments on just about anyone or anything that happens. Not only do they think they know what’s gone on...

Stop & Think: February 21, 2019

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. (Franklin P. Jones, author) Jones may have hit a sore spot for some of us. Children’s behavior can be exasperating at times. We might show a little tolerance with...

Stop & Think: February 20, 2019

“Those with no plan are being influenced by other people’s plan . . .” (Chaim O’Deens, leadership & planning coach) On the other hand, O’Deens concludes “. . . while those who have created the time to establish a plan are influencing those...

Stop & Think: February 19, 2019

He has half the deed done who has made a beginning. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 19th century physician and poet) It’s called inertia, that is, things at rest tend to stay at rest. Sometimes it’s hard to get started on a project we know we should be...

Stop & Think: February 18, 2019

To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal. (A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, late president of India) We seem to admire people who can “multi-task.” They appear to be able to do a number of things at the same time, or be...

Stop & Think: February 17, 2019

We have complete control over our own attitude. We are the ones who decide how we feel, how we look at things, how we react. (Catherine Pulsifer, author) There are few things in life that we can actually control. We can’t do much about the...

Stop & Think: February 16, 2019

There is no success without sacrifice. (Adoniram Judson, pioneer missionary to India) Judson, “If you succeed without sacrifice, it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success, it is because someone will succeed...

Stop & Think: February 15, 2019

Running away from our problems is a race you’ll never win. (Author unknown) When you are confronted with problems, how do you respond? There are probably many ways you can go: ignore them, pretending they’re not there; try to see them as someone...

Stop & Think: February 14, 2019

There is a bond deep within that binds us to one another. It is the glue of authentic love. (Fabienne Gassmann, fashion designer) She continues “[Love expresses] itself in compassion, fairness, willingness to support . . . [It’s] without strings...

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