Stop & Think: September 7, 2018

The Right Person Stop waiting for the right person to come into your life. Start becoming the right person. (Dave Pacheco, pastor) In thinking about marriage, young adults often create the perfect mate in their minds: “Mr.” or “Miss Right.”...

Stop & Think: Septemer 6, 2018

Opinions, Part Two “But, what WILL people say?” This sentence has killed more dreams than anything else in the world. (Joyce Simkins Andrew, teacher) Andrew continues, “What if other people’s opinion didn’t determine your life...

Stop & Think: September 5, 2018

Opinions, Part One You can’t reason someone out of something they were never reasoned into. (Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels) In a day when everyone seems to have an opinion on just about any subject you might discuss, it’s very...

Stop & Think: September 4, 2018

Teamwork If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. (African proverb) Impatience may be the unspecified disease of modern society. We want what we want right now! We often say, “I can’t wait for . . .” when something...

Stop & Think: September 3, 2018

Labor A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between. . . . his labor and his leisure . . .   and [He] leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both. (Excerpts from...

Stop & Think: September 2, 2018

Getting Even There’s no revenge so complete as forgiveness. (Josh Billings, 19th century American humorist) From childhood, we tried to get back at anyone who hurt or wronged us. And, of course, when we sought revenge, getting even meant being...

Stop & Think: August 31, 2018

Personal Growth One of the most important things to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are, for what you might become. (W. E. DuBois, late American sociologist) DuBois seems to suggest that it’s possible to be so...

Stop & Think: August 30, 2018

Teaching and Learning You’re not a teacher but a facilitator of learning. (From Paul Kaak, college professor) What is your goal when you enter the classroom or lead a small group? Is it to let them have all you know on a given subject, filling...

Stop & Think: August 29, 2018

Give Freely If you’re not willing to give you have no chance to receive. (Jim Pearson, writer) Here’s Pearson’s example: “Take a quarter—put it in your hand and close it. Can someone take it?  No. Can someone give you another quarter?  No.”...

Stop & Think: August 28, 2018

Growing through Trials I believe that the roots of education can be bitter, but the fruits are surely sweet. (Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher) One might wonder what these bitter experiences were that Aristotle had in mind. Some, especially...

Stop & Think: August 27, 2018

Enjoying the Process I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and getting it done a little less. (Anna Guindlen, writer) A lot of us would agree with Guindlen. We are often in such a hurry to finish something that we don’t appreciate the...

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