March 28, 2016

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. (Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American actor) In today’s western society, it is sometimes difficult to find a complete family: mother, father, and child(ren). And many such families are mixed, the...

March 27, 2016

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America. (Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. president) What Eisenhower said about American would be true of any nation and its people. The bigger question...

March 26, 2016

If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. (Jim Rohn, late American motivational speaker) Many people fear taking risks. They want to be sure that the anticipated venture will be safe, secure, and...

March 25, 2016

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. (Margaret Mead, 20th century cultural anthropologist) Here are two important principles. First, each person is different from every other person. He or she is, indeed...

March 24, 2016

I never dreamed about success; I worked for it. (Estée Lauder, late cosmetic leader) Athletes dream of being inducted into their sports hall of fame. Actors covet an Oscar or Emmy. Business people fantasize about earning their first million...

March 23, 2016

[There] is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people. (George H. W. Bush, 41st U.S. president) English writer Lord Acton famously said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But William Gaddis wrote, “Power...

Don’t Just Sip—Dive In!

Charlie and Wally have access to streams for refreshing drinks of water. They don’t stand on the edge and lap up the water—they dive in. If the water is not too deep, they lay down in it and drink without even lowering their heads. (Stand back...

March 22, 2016

You learn something every day you pay attention. (Ray LeBlond, author and communicator) It is often said that you learn something new every day. But LeBlond is probably more accurate; you learn only if you’re paying attention. Any student...

March 21, 2016

What a grand world this would be if we all did as well today as we expect to do tomorrow! (Anon.) Like the song in the play Annie, tomorrow is always the hope for better things no matter how bad everything might seem today. Some of us put off...

March 20, 2016

The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place. (George Bernhard Shaw, 19th-20th centuries Irish playwright) It happens way too often, doesn’t it? We leave someone, thinking we have communicated our...

March 19, 2016

Do not depend upon teachers to educate you … follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely. . . (Will Durant, 20th century American historian and philosopher) Durant goes on to say, “In the end, education, like happiness, is...

March 18, 2016

Much wants more and loses all. (Aesop’s Fables) How much is enough? For a lot of people it seems that there is never enough—enough money to buy what we want; enough time to do all we want. Aesop is telling us that when we continue to want more...

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