Stop & Think: December 3, 2018

The True Gift Having the opportunity to give is never a burden, but always a blessing. (Christine Trier, recent college graduate) Our mailboxes (emails too) are filled with requests for money. The needs are everywhere: the poor, the...

Stop & Think: December 2, 2018

Kindness Always show more kindness than seems necessary because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know. (quoted by Colin Powell, retired General and Secretary of State) Can you love too much or be too kind? If love means...

Stop & Think: December 1, 2018

Failure Failure is not a reason to give up. Failure is a reason to try harder and seek new solutions. (Jim Hocking, NGO entrepreneur) No one starts out on a project or in an athletic contest with the intent to fail. But, in the regular activities...

Stop & Think: November 30, 2018

Attitude Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life…  (John Homer Miller, author) Miller continues: “…not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what...

Stop & Think: November 29, 2018

Contentment Contentment flourishes not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. (Jim Brown, pastor) More is never enough. Once we have gained a good job, a nice house filled with the furnishings we want, and good friends—you would...

Stop & Think: November 28, 2018

Living Carefully An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. (Irv Kupcinet, late American columnist) Thanksgiving celebrations were nearly a week ago. After that scrumptious turkey dinner, did anyone decide it was time to...

Stop & Think: November 27, 2018

Words No. 2 Wise words are like seeds. The more you scatter them, the more they will grow into infinite gardens of knowledge. (Suzy Kassem, writer and poet) Words are of several kinds: foolish, hurtful, comforting, to name a few. But, once...

Stop & Think: November 26, 2018

Words No. 1 It’s no good having the same vocabulary if we’re using different dictionaries. (Quoted by John Stonestreet, commentator) It’s difficult to have a meaningful discussion with someone if you’re using the same words but with different...

Stop & Think: November 25, 2018

Thanksgiving No. 2 If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. (Frank A. Clark, 19th-20th century congressman) For many people emotions are a constant up-and-down experience. Their...

Stop & Think: November 24, 2018

Thanksgiving No. 1 I am grateful for what I am and have. (Henry David Thoreau, 19th century essayist) Lawrence Welk, the late orchestra director said, “Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.”...

Stop & Think: November 23, 2018

Self-control Discipline yourself and others won’t need to. If you lose self-control everything will fail. (John Wooden, Hall-of-Fame coach) Wooden was known, not only for his skills as a basketball player and coach, but for his practical...

Stop & Think: November 22, 2018

Thinking A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. (William James, 19th-20th century psychologist) One of the dangers in talking with, reading after, or watching the news from people you mostly...

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