Stop & Think: May 26, 2020

Sorrow Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the over fraught heart, and bids it break. (Shakespeare, Macbeth) Often in times of great sorrow, we are reluctant to grieve. We want to keep our composure and not let our emotions...

Stop & Think: May 25, 2020

Aging Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 20th century Polish poet) Children can hardly wait to grow up, and many adults wish they could be restored to a youthful age. Learning to be content with your...

Stop & Think: May 24, 2020

Secrets There are two kinds of secrets: those we keep from others and [those] we hide from ourselves. (Frank Warren, British sports promoter) “Cross my heart and hope to die” was a mantra we recited as kids when we promised not to tell a friend’s...

Stop & Think: May 23, 2020

Judging Diagnosis without prescription is a cruel thing. (Mark Buchanan, physicist and author) We all seem to be able to diagnose the troubles of the world. Whether it’s local school issues, national political debates, or our neighbor’s...

Stop & Think: May 22, 2020

Music You can cage the singer but not the song. (Harry Belafonte, 20th century pops singer) Music has a way of outlasting its composer, singer, or artist. Tunes and lyrics may remain in our minds or be recalled at odd moments far removed from...

Stop & Think: May 21, 2020

Forgiving True forgiveness is complete and total. (Louis Zamperini, military veteran) How often have you heard someone say, “I’ve forgiven . . . but I can’t forget”? It may be really difficult to forgive someone who has offended you deeply and...

Stop & Think: May 20, 2020

Living Life The purpose of life is to live it… without fear for newer and richer experience. (Eleanor Roosevelt, late US president’s wife and activist) Some people seem to be stuck, uncertain as to what to do or hesitating for fear of failure...

Stop & Think: May 19, 2020

Stories It has been said that next to hunger and thirst our most basic human need is for storytelling. (Khalil Gibran, 20th century Lebanese-American writer) Do you remember your parents reading or telling stories to you at bedtime? Maybe they...

Stop & Think: May 18, 2020

Determination The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. (Ayn Rand, late Russian-American novelist) There are some work places where enterprise and initiative among employees are frowned on. In those places you have...

Stop & Think: May 17, 2020

Wealth The problem with affluence . . . is not that there is anything wrong with prosperity itself but that material abundance often leads to spiritual amnesia. (Mark Powell, author and professor) Most of us live in a pretty affluent community...

Stop & Think: May 16, 2020

Reading II Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are. (Mason Cooley, late college professor) The Coronavirus pandemic gave most of us a lot of time at home to do nothing—or to find productive activity. As Cooley says...

Stop & Think: May 15, 2020

Reading I The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page. (Rachel Anders, author) Literacy is one of life’s most importance achievements. Even with modern technology, we often have to “read” what’s being transmitted in cyber space...

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