Stop & Think: August 16, 2018

Common Sense Five percent of people think; 10% of people think they think, and the other 85% would rather die than think. (Thomas Edison, inventor) Today’s news, with its reports of bad judgment calls and evil actions, might make one wonder...

Stop & Think: August 15, 2018

Dissatisfaction Wanting more is to pursue a path of frustration in the search for happiness. (Jesse Deloe, writer, editor) Shouting “Encore!” at the end of a symphony concert is a legitimate request for more good music. But wanting seconds or...

Stop & Think: August 14, 2018

Proper Conversation It’s best to talk to people not about people. (Rob Harrison, American pastor) With the almost universal use of smartphones and the Internet, face-to-face conversation has become nearly nonexistent—or, at least, less...

Stop & Think: August 13, 2018

Choosing Your Response The overwhelming majority of your life is shaped by how you choose . . .to respond to circumstances beyond your control. (Paraphrase of Tim Knight, filmmaker) Knight points out that only a very small part of your life is...

Stop & Think: August 12, 2018

True Friends Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life. (Pizza Shop Sign) A lot of people agree that nearly everything tastes better with a little bacon in it. You might not want a bacon salad, but put a few bits in a spinach salad...

Stop & Think: August 11, 2018

Sympathy Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success. (Oscar Wilde, 19th century Irish poet and playwright) Think about it! Most of us will genuinely...

Stop & Think: August 10, 2018

A Simple Life Finding a way to live the simple life is one of life’s supreme complications. (T. S. Eliot, one of the 20th century’s major poets) You may have neighbors whose religious convictions call for living a simple life. It may be...

Stop and Think: August 9, 2018

Bitterness Bitterness is an acid that destroys its own container. (Adrian Rogers, radio preacher) It frightening to know that the gastric acids in our stomachs can eat through wood and small pieces of metal. It’s comforting to know, however, that...

Stop & Think: August 8, 2018

Do Good Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good. (Minor Myers, professor) You might well expect to hear a commencement speaker encourage the graduates to “Go into the world and do well.” With all their...

Stop & Think: August 7, 2018

Hard Work I don’t like to write, but I like having written. (Frank Norris, 19th century journalist) Maybe it’s not writing you dislike; maybe it’s the daily grind of your job. You don’t like the work (mental or physical) and you don’t enjoy the...

Stop & Think: August 6, 2018

Planning Envisioning our ideal next stage of life is an essential part of healthy aging. And the best way to actually achieve that ideal is to plan for it. (Maridel Reyes, writer and editor) It often seems like bad things just happen; we don’t...

Stop & Think: August 5, 2018

Advancement If I have to choose, I will  . . . take the less dynamic, indeed even the lazy person, who knows what’s right, than the zealot in the cause of error. (Antonin Scalia, late U.S. Supreme Court justice) Scalia continues: “He may move...

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