The Blessed Influence

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” – George Eliot The whole point of developing character, developing skills and gaining competency in the affairs of the world is to allow for the unveiling of your soul. Your soul longs for expression, not for selfish purposes, but to extend its influence …

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Illuminating Thoughts

“We speak of the sun’s light as “pouring down on us,” as “pouring over us” in all directions. Yet it’s never poured out. Because it doesn’t really pour; it extends. Its beams (“aktai”) get their name from their extension (“ekteinesthei”). To see the nature of a sunbeam, look at light as it falls through a …

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The Right Door

“You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher Office dynamics are fascinating. Put a bunch of unrelated people together in a pressure cooker environment and you have a recipe for a complex blend of interpersonal relationships. …

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Leadership

Plura sunt quæ nos terrent, quam quæ premunt; et sæpius opinione quam re laboramus — “There are more things to alarm than to harm us, and we suffer much oftener in apprehension than reality.” – Horace Leadership requires a steadiness in the face of alarm, the ability to reassure in times of uncertainty and the …

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Encouragement

“Encouragement” by Mrs. Elizabeth Clementine Kinney When first peeps out from earth the modest vine,Asking but little space to live and grow,How easily some step, without design,May crush the being from a thing so low!But let the hand that doth delight to showSupport to feebleness the tendril twineAround some lattice-work, and ’t will bestowIts thanks …

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Meeting with Failure

“Failure does not necessarily imply a mistake. If we have held our standard high, bravely fought a good fight for the right, held our part courageously against heavy opposition and have finally seen the citadel of our great hope taken by superior force, by overwhelming conditions, or sapped and undermined by jealousy, envy or treachery …

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