Stop & Think: July 6, 2020

Friendship II In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Luther’s words seemed appropriate in recent upsets in our society. And they reflect earlier times in history as...

Stop & Think: July 5, 2020

Friendship I My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. (Henry Ford) Pastor David Miller put it this way, “A smart friend knows what’s best. A wise friend does what’s best.” And then he added, “Be a wise friend.” Sometimes it seems...

Stop & Think: July 4, 2020

Freedom May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. (Peter Marshall, late chaplain of the United States Senate) We cherish our liberty and freedoms on this Independence Day, and...

Stop & Think: July 3, 2020

Humility A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant. (Anonymous)  There is a downside to accomplishment, isn’t there? After winning a contest of any kind, there are accolades that make you feel good, but...

Stop & Think: July 2, 2020

Teamwork Showing your team they matter is the most important part of your job. (Sarah Goggin, chief people officer) Team leaders, at whatever level, are often so concerned about the task at hand, progress in the project, or personal advancement...

Stop & Think: July 1, 2020

Smiling Don’t let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world. (Ravi Shankar, late Bengali musician) Does it seem to you that a lot of people are not smiling nowadays? They seem to be burdened by the threats of unemployment...

Stop & Think: June 30, 2020

Support Support is only worth what it costs you to give it. (Source unknown) Journalist Shane Snow wrote something very similar, “A value isn’t a value unless it costs you something.” “Words are cheap,” and far too many times we...

Stop & Think: June 29, 2020

Conscience It is not as hard to know what is right to do as to do what you know is right. (Source unknown) As children grow, they begin to develop a sense of right and wrong. That’s what parents and teachers work for, lovingly correcting wrong...

Stop & Think: June 28, 2020

Mercy Mercy shown is evidence of mercy received. (Source unknown) When you see someone who is gracious and kind to others, you are probably seeing a person who himself has been granted mercy and kindness. As someone else has written, “Our deeds...

Stop & Think: June 27, 2020

Fair or Not? The sooner you learn that life is not fair, the better off you’ll be… (Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State) Rice continues, “…because you’ll spend less time railing against life’s unfairness . . ...

Stop & Think: June 26, 2020

Work In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. (Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet) Writing as a poet, Atwood uses picturesque language to make a point more clearly than a simple statement in prose might. Basically, she’s...

Stop & Think: June 25, 2020

Aim High Not failure, but low aim, is crime. (James Russell Lowell, 19th century editor and diplomat) We may look at a business that has closed as a failure; someone must be blamed for not keeping the enterprise going. The lessons learned from...

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