Stop & Think: August 31, 2020

Genius Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. (C.W. Ceran, 20th century German journalist) By itself, that’s a good illustration of the principle. More than a few wives will remember the times their husbands “knew...

Stop & Think: August 30, 2020

Ideals Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but. . . following them you will reach your destiny. (Carl Schurz, German American reformer) You won’t fully reach your ideals, either, Schurz says. But like the...

Stop & Think: August 29, 2020

Finishing II Finishing well isn’t something you do at the end of your life—it is what you determine to do every day of your life. (Neil Cole, author) Most of us don’t like to think about discipline. It implies too much about rules, hard work, and...

Stop & Think: August 28, 2020

Finishing I Most people are starters and stoppers, not finishers. (Christine Caine, Australian author) Caine’s statement probably strikes a sense of guilt in many of us. How many projects have we started with enthusiasm but given up before they...

Stop & Think: August 27, 2020

Mistakes Learn from the mistakes of others; you may not live long enough to make them all yourself. (Jim Tressel, college president) It may sound rather trite, but we all know that we make lots of mistakes, and the longer we live, the more we...

Stop & Think: August 26, 2020

Time Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. (John Lennon, late British musician) Sometimes we’re so busy planning for or anticipating the future that we pay too little attention to what’s happening around us right now. At other...

Stop & Think: August 25, 2020

Justice Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns. (Plato, Greek philosopher) The term “social justice” is bandied around so much today. But, do we really know what it should mean? Although...

Stop & Think: August 24, 2020

Choices Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. (Wayne Dyer, self-help author) Dyer says, “With everything that has happened to you, you can feel sorry for yourself or treat what has...

Stop & Think: August 23, 2020

Winning Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. (Winston Churchill, World War II British prime minister) Every athlete or team that has won a championship can attest to Churchill’s statement. A year...

Stop & Think: August 22, 2020

Facts/Truth Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. (John Adams, 2nd U.S. president) A lot of people today would do well to...

Stop & Think: August 21, 2020

Be Careful Prevention is better than recovery. (Stonestreet and Kunkle, authors) Author Josh McDowell illustrated the principle this way, “I’d rather put a fence at the top of the cliff than an ambulance at the bottom.” Seat belts, bike helmets...

Stop & Think: August 20, 2020

Tenacity The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, the one comes from a strong will the other comes from a strong won’t. (Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century social reformer) Perseverance is an admirable quality. We respect people...

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