June 23, 2017

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do. (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 18th-19th century German writer) The older we grow and the more we learn, the greater knowledge we accumulate. But, knowledge, as Von Goethe...

June 22, 2017

All healthy relationships involve careful listening. (André Neher, 20th century Jewish scholar and philosopher). Ernest Hemingway, 20th century novelist, gave similar counsel: “When people talk, listen completely.” Neher’s goes on to say that...

June 21, 2017

Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep your balance, you must keep moving. (Albert Einstein, master scientist) Life is often very complicated. Sometimes, the ride may be so difficult that we want to get off the merry-go-round and just stop for a...

June 20, 2017

Obedience is the bridge between knowledge – and – experience. (C. Davis) Knowledge is important, but by itself it isn’t always helpful. The Bible says that “knowledge puffs up” (1 Corinthians 8:1) and you may know someone who seems so proud of...

June 19, 2017

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. (Elbert Hubbard, 19th-20th century American writer, philosopher) No one wants to make mistakes, and most of us do all we can to avoid errors whether in...

June 18, 2017

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. (Anne Geddes, Australian-born photographer) Today is Father’s Day in the USA. We hear a lot today about the absence of fathers in the home, and that, indeed, is a tragedy. But, as...

June 17, 2017

Focus on building others up and they’ll be less inclined to tear you down. (Russell L. Martin, Delaware, Ohio, county sheriff) The media increasingly seems to tweet and broadcast jokes and aspersions that border on character assassination...

June 16, 2017

At the moment of truth, you will not rise to the level of expectation, but will fall to the level of training. (Paraphrase of Archilochus, 7th century B.C. Greek poet) We are sometimes disappointed when events don’t turn out as expected or...

June 15, 2017

Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. (Stephen Covey, educator and author) Note the progressive order of Covey’s observation. You don’t just arrive at a...

June 14, 2017

I am not the flag: not at all. I am but its shadow. (Franklin Night Lane, 19th-20th century politician) Today is Flag Day in the United States. While some people disrespect the flag today, Lane held it in high esteem, apparently very proud to...

June 13, 2017

To lead with integrity means we practice what we preach. (Scott Morton, management theorist) Occasionally, we’re tempted to say, “Don’t do what I do, do what I say,” because we realize that we’re not setting a good example for others to follow...

June 12, 2017

Love works, but you have to work at it. (Carey Nieuwhof, leadership mentor and author‏) In spring, love is always in the air, but often it’s just a romantic, momentary, passing fancy. True love is an action; it’s acting toward another in his or...

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