Stop & Think: January 21, 2020

Quiet I Ah! How good it feels, the hand of an old friend. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 19th century American poet) How many acquaintances have you “friended” on social media? How many of them are long-term friends? The term friend seems to have...

Stop & Think: January 20, 2020

Opportunity It would be easy to let our obstacles hinder our opportunity. (Tammy Shults, aviator and author) Obstacles arise in life’s pathway all too frequently. How we respond to them is the key to progress and success. Many times, when the...

Stop & Think: January 19, 2020

Choices The really tough choices don’t center upon right versus wrong. They involve right versus right. (Rushworth M. Kidder, late author and professor) Kidder continues: “They are genuine dilemmas precisely because each side is firmly...

Stop & Think: January 17, 2020

Music I Music is the shorthand of emotion. (Leo Tolstoy, 19th-20th century Russian writer) Why do dramatic movie and TV shows have carefully written music backgrounds? Composers and conductors are hired to enhance the show with music that will...

Stop & Think: January 16, 2020

Value Value is increased by the cost of the achievement. (Jesse Deloe, editor) The value of certain material can be determined by its weight, clarity, and demand. It’s more difficult, however, to judge the worth of deeds and accomplishments. A...

Stop & Think: January 15, 2020

Opinions [The] special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. (G. K. Chesterton, 19th-20th century British philosopher) Though written nearly 100 years ago, it sounds like the “modern...

Stop & Think: January 14, 2020

Anxiety Did you know that to worry about a situation [is to make] a conscious choice to do so? (paraphrase of Mike C. Adams, counselor) Anxiety seems to be almost a universal emotion in modern society. We’re worried about our health, the weather...

Stop & Think: January 13, 2020

Riches The truly rich are those who possess a rich heart rather than lots of money. (Bill Gates, philanthropist) When the man who is said to be “the richest man in the world,” defines the “truly rich,” maybe we should listen. How much money does...

Stop & Think: January 12, 2020

History There are two things that you can do with history: you can ignore it, or you can learn from it. Mrs. Allen, an unknown high school history teacher) High school history class. Ugh! How boring! Isn’t that the way many of us thought of that...

Stop & Think: January 11, 2020

Great Men II Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service. (Martin Luther King Jr) We often attribute greatness to those whose accomplishments are noteworthy and accompanied by public...

Stop & Think: January 10, 2020

Great Men I A great man is always willing to be little. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century philosopher) In 21st century life, we don’t see many men that Emerson speaks of. The “greater” men seem to be (at least in their own estimation), the more...

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