Monthly Archives: April 2013

Out Of The Ordinary

“Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.” – Brian Tracy

“Out of the ordinary.” These are beautiful words, though rather frightening for most people. When we do anything out of the ordinary, we will face obstacles and hurdles that we have not yet encountered in our ordinary lives. I believe it is the fear of these obstacles that keeps many people from doing different things with their lives–from reaching out and exploring different avenues that might take them to extraordinary destinations that they cannot even imagine while being, having, and doing the ordinary. Continue reading

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What You Preach

“To bring up a child in the way he or she should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.” – Josh Billings

Most of us have heard the phrase “practice what you preach,” or “don’t talk the talk; if you can’t walk the walk.” And although as a parent this seems rather obvious to me, I find it incredibly difficult to put into practice–often finding myself doing or saying something I have instructed my children not to do or say. But this is a very important duty of mine both as a father, and as a person of integrity and moral conviction. In the end, it is not really up to us to tell children how they should grow up, but it certainly is up to us to help them to find out some things that work versus those that do not. And nothing turns a child away from a valid lesson as quickly or as effectively as witnessing that an adult saying one thing but doing another. Continue reading

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Integrity

“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a person who won’t cheat, then you know you never will.” – John MacDonald

Integrity defines our resolve and adds positive perspective to our character. And if we can come to understand our integrity–to know and trust it completely–we can share it positively with everyone we come in contact with. Our integrity is unique to each of us, and does not blow with the wind–in any direction that it happens to be blowing today. This is the part of us that guides us in making decisions; that helps us to deal with other people fairly, kindly, and consistently; and that helps us to feel good about ourselves, our words, and our actions. Continue reading

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Change and Uncertainty

“If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.” – Hazel Henderson

We are all undergoing transformations at all times throughout our lives, whether we recognize it or not. We are changing constantly, becoming something different than we were the day before, someone different than we were last week. Many people fear these changes and try to hold on to the status quo just because it feels safe to do so. Continue reading

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That Happiness

“Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us on a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

I’ve definitely been one of the people who have chased after happiness. It wasn’t my fault that I did so, for I never had anyone in my life who could teach me that there are other ways to go about being happy, but I certainly was not happy during all of the time that I was looking for it. Continue reading

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Per Expectations

“Anything that is given can be at once taken away. We have to learn never to expect anything, and when it comes it’s no more than a gift on loan.” – John McGahern

Many people argue that we have to have high expectations of life, that we ought to expect the best and only the best for ourselves, and then the best will manifest itself in our lives and we’ll be happy and fulfilled. To a certain extent, I believe they’re right, for the energy that we put out tends to come back to us, and if we put out positive, expectant energy, then good things are bound to come our way. Continue reading

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