Stop & Think: January 6, 2019

Songs Give me the songs of a people, and I care not who writes its laws. (Damon of Athens, 5th century B.C. Greek musicologist) We like to say that we are a nation of laws, and, indeed, that’s true. Without law-abiding citizens, no nation can...

Stop & Think: January 21, 2019

Belief In any project the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome. (William James, 19th & 20th century philosopher and psychologist) Many will agree with James’ proposition. Certainly, you have to...

Stop & Think: January 20, 2019

Money Money might make you wealthy, but friends make you rich. (Author unknown) Money often seems to be the measure used to determine the value of a product or a person. How much is he/she/it worth? It doesn’t take much to discover, however, that...

Stop & Think: January 19, 2019

Opportunity Water doesn’t go under the bridge twice. (Author unknown) We don’t know what the originator of this expression meant, but we can learn at least two things from it. 1) Water will flow under the bridge in only one direction. To change...

Stop & Think: January 18, 2019

Offering Help A hungry man doesn’t have ears. (Stephen Joyce, son of author James Joyce) A simple statement, but a pungent reminder of how we should consider our offer to help those in need. We may want to scold a homeless man for not looking for...

Stop & Think: January 17, 2019

Investments A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in. (Investment advertisement) The mention of investments brings to mind thoughts of money, bank accounts, the stock market, and much more. And yet, there are other...

Stop & Think: January 16, 2019

Sensitivity Sensitivity is exercising my senses so that I can perceive the true spirit and emotions of those around me. (Bill Gothard, speaker and writer) When we think of a sensitive person, we sometimes picture someone who is easily hurt...

Stop & Think: January 15, 2019

Character You have to work on the person you want to be . . . When people look at you, what do you want them to see? (Toya Holiday, basketball player) Good advice! Very little shocks anymore. Dress styles, exaggerated behavior, degraded language...

Stop & Think: January 14, 2019

Change My desire to change became bigger than my fear of changing. (Britney, recovered drug addict) Change is a fearful obstacle to a lot of people. But, for people who recognize their need to change—whether it’s an addiction or another harmful...

Stop & Think: January 13, 2019

Failure It’s what you do after you fail that determines who you are. (Paraphrase from Sabaa Tahir, fiction writer) From the toddler’s fall in his first attempt to walk until the day he or she dies, there will be falls and failures. The toddler...

Stop & Think: January 12, 2019

Preparation It’s not the will to win that’s important, it’s the will to prepare to win. (Bobby Knight, winning basketball coach) Everybody wants to win. Do you know anyone who really wants to come in second? Maybe, but the yearning to win seems...

Stop & Think: January 11, 2019

Kindness Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. (Plato) Plato’s observation of life way back in the 5th century B.C. is not much different from what we can observe in 21st century America. It’s not just the homeless and the...

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