thought provoking: Thought Provoking: 7/26/07 - 07/26/07 08:11 AM
One of my favorite quotes of all time:
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
--- Typically attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, it may also be the work of Bessie Stanley, nobody really knows. Both have versions which are … (1 comments)

thought provoking: Thought Provoking: 6/25/07 - 06/25/07 08:08 AM
The famous economic historian, Arnold Toynbee said:
"It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it."
Without necessarily knowing it, at the fundamental level of this philosophy, Toynbee is validating much of the research/practices of cognitive psychology and positive affirmation; particularly surrounding the achievement of success. Though a quite simple truth at the core level, truly successful people continue to be the minority in this world. Why?
I would contend that we all have dreams...big dreams! … (3 comments)

thought provoking: Thought Provoking: 6/12/07 - 06/12/07 03:55 AM
A friend of mine reminded me of a quote from Teddy Roosevelt. I would have loved growing up in a time where our world leaders spoke like this and truly aspired to live and lead by such high ideals. Very thought provoking!
In the Arena
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or whether the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who … (0 comments)

thought provoking: Thought Provoking: 5/31/07 - 05/31/07 03:28 AM
A man, as he almost always did, came home late from work one night. He was tired and irritated. Upon his arrival he found his six-year old son waiting for him at the door.
"Daddy, may I ask you a question?" "Yeah, sure, what is it?" replied the father grumpily.
"Daddy, how much money do you earn in an hour?" "That's none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?" the man responded angrily.
"I just want to know. Please tell me, how much money do you make in an hour?" pleaded the little boy.
"If you must know, I make $30.00 … (0 comments)

thought provoking: Thought Provoking: 5/21/07 - 05/21/07 10:21 AM
HOW POOR ARE WE?
One day a father, of a very wealthy family, took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. His goal was to teach his son to appreciate the good life he was living. The father and son spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great Dad!" "Did you see how poor people can be, and how … (1 comments)

thought provoking: Thought Provoking: 5/17/07 - 05/17/07 08:21 AM
The Wooden Bowl
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law and four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred and his step faltered. Even in this frail condition, he ate his meals with the family at the dinner table.
But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about Grandfather," said the son. I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating … (3 comments)

thought provoking: Thought Provoking: 5/1/07 - 05/01/07 04:24 AM
The great and glorious master-piece of man is how to live with a purpose. -Michel de Montaigne
Not long ago, a friend was in the final minutes of a flight into Chicago. Through the window, as the plane aligned with the runway, he saw thousands of commuters inching along, in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Each driver's goal was to just escape the city and return home from a hard day's work. No one, in that snarled mess of cars, could have been enjoying life at that moment in time.
It often amazes me the obstacles people are willing to overcome to accomplish a task. Why … (0 comments)

thought provoking: Thought Provoking: 4/19/07 - 04/19/07 06:18 AM
There was once a man who was walking down a deserted beach in a foreign country. As he slowly walked along, he saw a native of that country coming toward him. As they drew nearer, the visitor noticed that the local inhabitant would periodically stop, bend over, pick something up, and then throw it into the ocean.
As they drew closer, the visitor realized that it was a starfish he was picking up and throwing back into the water. When they were close enough to speak, the visitor asked the man what he was doing. The local inhabitant responded that, when the … (0 comments)

thought provoking: Thought Provoking - 04/10/07 07:12 AM
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They weren't wealthy, but they could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was … (2 comments)

 
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