Stop & Think: May 14, 2019

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots. (Marcus Garvey, late Jamaican-born political leader) History is not often a favorite subject of young students. They live for the here and...

Stop & Think: May 13, 2019

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. (Mahatma Gandhi) Do we always say what we’re thinking? Sometimes it’s better if we don’t. Do we always do what we say we’re going to do? We should! So, maybe Gandhi...

Stop & Think: May 12, 2019

The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother. (Theodore Hesburgh, late president of Notre Dame University) It’s a great lesson for fathers. While their children may be honoring their mother—as they should today...

Stop & Think: May 11, 2019

If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today? (Steve Jobs, late co-founder of Apple, Inc.) Some of us live by a rather strict schedule. We know what’s coming ahead in our daily agenda. Others are...

Stop & Think: May 10, 2019

A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. (Norman Cousins, late political journalist) Because books are available on computers, Ipods, smart phones, and Kindle, the old-fashioned library may soon...

Stop & Think: May 9, 2019

Giving offense is the price of diversity, not an impediment to diversity. (Irshad Manji, author) It may be difficult to accept Manjii’s statement at first. After all, we don’t want to offend anyone, do we? At least, not intentionally. But if we...

Stop & Think: May 8, 2019

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. (Abraham Lincoln) We all have experienced failure of some kind—a lost ballgame, a low test score, a poor interview, perhaps; but we did not let that...

Stop & Think: May 7, 2019

Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened. (Dr. Seuss, children’s writer) The party’s over, the candles are burned down, and the gifts have all been opened. It’s a big letdown, maybe. The joy of the high has dropped to the low with...

Stop & Think: May 6, 2019

Although the monkey might dress in silk, monkey it still is. (Puerto Rican proverb) You’ve probably met someone who has put on a front, pretending to be something he or she really isn’t. That’s okay for an actor on stage or in a film. In fact...

Stop & Think: May 5, 2019

Plan with the end in mind. (Stephen Covey, late businessman and author) Someone else wrote, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.” But, Covey would say that to achieve a successful end—to finish well—you have to start with a plan. Develop...

Stop & Think: May 4, 2019

Success is important only to the extent that it puts one in a position to do more things one likes to do. (Sarah Caldwell, opera conductor) Many people are working hard to achieve success with the idea, apparently, that once they have achieved...

Stop & Think: May 3, 2019

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. (Bruce Lee, actor) Knowledge is important; you can hardly have too much of it. But if we don’t apply to life what we know, the information we have is of little value...

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