Remorse and Forgiveness

When such as I cast out remorse So great a sweetness flows into the breast We must laugh and we must sing, We are blest by everything, Everything we look upon is blessed. ~ William Butler Yeats Vain regrets about the past are meaningless. They shackle you to the past, deflect the currents of forgiveness …

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Intrinsic Value I

"It is the custom of grateful states and nations to present swords as tokens of Ithe highest honor to the victorious leaders of their armies and navies. The sword presented to Admiral Schley by the people of Philadelphia, at the close of America’s war with Spain, cost over $3,500, the greater part of which was …

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Living in an Air Castle II

"Living in the future is living in an air-castle. Tomorrow is the grave where the dreams of the dreamer, the toiler who toils not, are buried. The man who says he will lead a newer and better life tomorrow, who promises great things for the future, and yet does nothing the present to make that …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude VII

"To realize that he who once lived in the sanctuary of our affection, in the frank confidence where conversation seemed but our soliloquy, and to whom our aims and aspirations have been thrown open with no Bluebeard chamber of reserve, has been secretly poisoning the waters of our reputation and undermining us by his lies …

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You are Phenomenal!

I read an interesting article by Dr. Walter Jacobson, M.D. in the Huffington Post yesterday evening. Entitled "How to Succeed in Business by Spiritually Trying," the article points out that the subconscious mind in many people is programmed to self-sabotage, despite the conscious mind's best efforts to take steps that lead to self-improvement. Dr. Jacobson …

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Working Together

"Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success." ~ Henry Ford It is interesting to watch teams form up in the workplace. The phases a group of individuals move through as they bond to form a unified team are somewhat predictable, yet the pace of that development varies wildly from …

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The Profound Peace of Self-composure

Being in the service industry, I can tell you that how a server maintains his self-composure in the face of self-obsessed patrons of his locale speaks volumes about the character of the individual. Over the years I’ve noticed that there are three common reactions: 1) the server maintains his calmness and equanimity all the way …

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An Ode to my Friends on a Hot Summer’s Morn’

"I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better." ~Plutarch Sympathy is the death knell of a good friendship. Empathy, on the other hand, is a restorative balm that heals life's cuts and scrapes. Sympathy says to another "you are right to …

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