Humility and Mastery

Last evening I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful surprise 60th birthday party hosted by friends of mine in honor of a man who is deeply loved and respected by his friends and whose life has been shaped by his evolving relationship with the most tenderhearted of nature's creatures, horses. It's rare these days …

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Nothing to Stop Them

My sons and I take a few minutes every evening before bedtime to sanctify our hearts. My youngest made an interesting observation after we spoke about the importance of universal respect and while I don't recall the exact words, he said something to the effect that "Grown ups are better than kids at everything except …

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The Virtuous Mean

"Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up." Thomas J. Watson Every person you meet has standards. One may shoot for the moon while another might content himself with representing the lowest common denominator, but these relative differences aside, everyone has a standard upon …

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A Different World

I had a remarkable conversation with a relatively new friend the other day. Her enthusiasm, desire to be of service to her fellows in every sphere of her living and boundless gratitude for the privilege of ongoing growth and development personally, professionally and spiritually were absolutely infectious. What stood out to me more than her …

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Friendship on Purpose

"A friend to all is a friend to none." - Aristotle You no doubt have friends of many stripes, a few qualifying as "close," a larger group more appropriately described as being "acquaintances" and the majority probably being somewhere in between. It can be a useful exercise on occasion to review the list of those …

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Expression and Refinement

"Sheltered behind the wall of repression our kindest thoughts, our deepest feelings of appreciation, are worthless unless translated into word or act that make them real to hungry waiting ears, or eager watching eyes. Corked up in the silence of the unspoken, they do not exist. It is only expression that counts. All the light, …

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The Ultimate Safeguard

"The man whose self-respect safeguards him never takes undue advantage. There is a strain of fine chivalry which runs through it all. The secret of another is as secure from discovery as though it was a pebble thrown into the sea. He would be above using it as a weapon, even of defense, no matter …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude VI

"It is hard to see those who have sat at our board in the days of our prosperity, flee as from a pestilence when misfortune darkens our doorway; to see the loyalty upon which we would have staked our life, that seemed firm as a rock, crack and splinter like thin glass at the first …

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Self-Reliance IV

One of the side effects of cultivating self-reliance in yourself and in others is that you gain an inner reserve that comes no other way. This bank account of surplus confidence, faith and strength can be drawn upon or even invested in others during times of crisis. This is the quality that separates the fair-weather …

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