Stop & Think: March 22, 2020

Fear A life lived in fear is a life half lived (Alan Hirsch, author). Some people seem to live in fear. And there is a lot to be fearful about today: diseases, threats of war, corruption in politics and business, to name a few. But, as Hirsch...

Stop & Think: March 21, 2020

Certainty Optimism is a wish without warrant (J. I. Packer, Canadian theologian). Optimism helps a lot of us face the difficulties that arise in our experience with a positive outlook on life, hoping for the best. Packer continues: “Optimism...

Stop & Think: March 20, 2020

Don’t Wait! The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. (W. M. Lewis, teacher) Procrastination seems to be a continuing problem among many people. It keeps them from getting started on something they may...

Stop & Think: March 19, 2020

Love Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love (Socrates, 4th century B.C. Greek philosopher). “Love ya” seems to be the more and more popular expression when parting company with a friend—or even a...

Stop & Think: March 18, 2020

Commonality We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Despite a variety of national origins, languages, skin colors, economic standing, and other obvious differences, King’s observation is...

Stop & Think: March 17, 2020

Reading II Once you have read a book you care about, some part is always with you (Louis L’Amour, 20th century American author). Books can have an amazing influence in your life. You can probably remember books you heard read as a child and their...

Stop & Think: March 16, 2020

Reading I Reading to the mind is what exercise is to the body (Richard Steele, 17th-18th century Irish playwright). It might be argued that learning to read is the most valuable skill that a person can master. It’s a tragic reality in some places...

Stop & Think: March 14, 2020

Fear To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong (Joseph Chilton Pearce , late American author). Many people hesitate to step out to do something original, whether it’s a written piece, a new invention, or a cooking recipe for...

Stop & Think: March 13, 2020

Be Heard To have great poets, there must be great audiences (Walt Whitman, 19th century American poet). If no one hears a tree fall in the forest, is there no sound? Scientists say there is. But Whitman’s comment is even more interesting. The...

Stop & Think: March 12, 2020

Reputation If we have character, our reputation will take care of itself (Lolly Daskal, leadership coach). During an election year here in the United States, the candidates are trying to make their case with plans and predictions. But, voters...

Stop & Think: March 11, 2020

Simplicity Out of the clutter, find simplicity (Albert Einstein, late renowned physicist). Surely, a scientist like Einstein would have to sort among the multitude of research studies to root out the most helpful and discard the unnecessary...

Stop & Think: March 10, 2020

Dreams The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. (Paul Valery, French poet) Does Valery’s comment sound a little trite? Many great truths, however, are very simply stated and are quite clear. Dreamers are often creative and...

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