Nothing in life, if it comes without any effort on our part, will lead to true happiness. That only comes when we have to put forward energy and effort. We may not see any change between one day and the next. Farmers know that it takes time to plant, and then nurture, a seed to… Continue reading Effort


When we react negatively, it is usually because of a negative or adverse emotional reaction. This can lead to cynicism, and when we entertain those negative thoughts we become defensive, and it is very difficult to hide those feelings. I would much rather take a positive, optimistic view of life. I feel much happier when… Continue reading Cynicism


I am not sure that the second half of this quote is germane. Even so, it should be the case that if we are strong we should not need to flaunt that strength by intimidating others. Back to Inspirational Thoughts and Ideas


One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that I don’t have to always be right. Jeffrey B Swartz We shouldn’t be surprised by such words of wisdom. You didn’t walk perfectly the first time you tried, and I am certain you have tripped and fallen more than once, even in your adult life. Let’s… Continue reading Learning


Hearing someone out is an expression of caring enough to listen. Michael P Nichols, The Lost Art of Listening This quote reflects back the idea that hearing and listening are two separate things. For example, if somebody is telling us of a situation, do we listen to the end, or do we quickly start to… Continue reading Listening


He who is slowest in making a promise is the most faithful in the performance of it. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Making quick decisions is a skill that many of us have, or at least would like to have. Sometimes, though, those decisions involve promises to others. Repaying a loan is an obvious example. But when… Continue reading Promises


Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) in Man and Superman This is not, of course, a true saying, and highly derogatory of teachers, many of whom are highly dedicated. Where would we be without teachers? We certainly would not have made the incredible progress we have seen over the… Continue reading Teaching

Easy Listening

Easy listening exists only on the radio. David Barkan I came across this quote online, but I am not able to decide with certainty which person named David Barkan made this statement. However, it reminds me of a quote I have seen that is attributed to Calvin Coolidge: “No one ever listened themselves out of… Continue reading Easy Listening

Loooking back

When you’re in your nineties and looking back, it’s not going to be how much money you made or how many awards you’ve won. It’s really, what did you stand for. Did you make a positive difference for people? Elizabeth Dole (born 1936) It has truly been said that you should not to look back… Continue reading Loooking back


Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,As to be hated, needs but to be seen,But seen too oft, familiar with her face,We first endure, then pity, then embrace. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) from Essay on Man, Epistle ii Line 217. In these days, we often think of vice as sexual immorality. In reality, though, it… Continue reading Vice