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

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

Dictatorship

Content thyself to be obscurely good.When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,The post of honor is a private station. Joseph Addison (1672-1719) from Cato Act iv Scene 2 Public service is an honorable thing, and was regarded very highly in the Roman Republic, and later the Roman Empire. What these lines are telling us is… Continue reading Dictatorship

Leadership

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr (1934-2012) Leadership is a subject with many different areas. That being so, there are a lot of different factors which determine why some people are successful leaders. But ask yourself this: do I… Continue reading Leadership

Attitudes

Many of our motives, so obvious to us, are never perceived by the people we talk to. Many instances of rudeness, stubbornness, inconsiderateness, or refusal to cooperate are really caused by differences in conversational style. Deborah Tannen (born 1945) It is good for us to reflect upon our motives, intentions, and attitudes. What may be… Continue reading Attitudes

Communication

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. Lee Iacocca (1924-1919) Most people would accept that to succeed, you need a vision. But vision alone is not enough. Action is needed as well. And one of the important actions you need is to communicate your… Continue reading Communication

Truth

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now–always. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Scientific truth is ever changing. Even now, for example, scientists do not universally agree that global warming is man-made. Over the last several thousand years the earth has been both cooler and warmer than it is now. This does not… Continue reading Truth

Character

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) Reflection: I am including this quotation because this is all about a quality we are seriously lacking in this day and age – integrity.… Continue reading Character