The Ascending Spiral

There exists a remarkable parallel between raising children and schooling horses. Both horses and people move through a period of intense physical development in their youth, followed by mental and emotional growth and maturation. Handled rightly, this process oscillates back and forth between tension and relaxation. In the moment it might feel like you are …

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Masterful Living

"The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators." ~ Edward Gibbon Wise is the man who uses every type of circumstance to greatest possible advantage. When others complain, he handles the discomfort quietly while looking for the openings. When others curse he gives thanks, no matter how grim the outlook. …

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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 Habit of Making Excuses

"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." ~ George Washington The lasting measure of a man is established in the way he meets the difficulties in life. In my estimation, life's challenges earn the appellation by virtue of the fact that they push the limits of present …

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The Middle Part: Lessons from South Park

I had the opportunity several years ago to watch an episode of the sophisticated and intelligent animated show called "South Park." It was a linguistic smorgasbord and I learned several phrases that I cannot repeat in polite company. The story line, however, tickled me. The main characters of the show are foul-mouthed children who go …

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The Greatest Virtue

Of all the virtues, righteousness is the greatest. No amount of patience, generosity, earnestness, friendliness, diligence, kindness or humility will provide the counterweight necessary to overcome the gravitational pull of vice. Of all the virtues, righteousness is greatest. Righteousness is the quality that inspires to greatness, when nothing less will do. Righteousness is the quality …

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Patience and Life: Practical Matters

My wife gave me a fascinating book called "Leonardo's Notebooks" by H. Anna Suh. The book is a rich collection of artwork and writings, arranged in three sections: Beauty, Reason and Art; Observation and Order; and Practical Matters. I'm delighted to borrow from the third section this morning, Practical Matters.    Da Vinci possessed one of the greatest …

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