Decision

“The native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought; and enterprises of great pitch and moment, with this regard, their currents turn awry, and lose the name of action.” – William Shakespeare

Decisions are the means by which we move into a particular current of action. Decisions establish a vector of intent and provide the initial momentum for movement in a new direction. 

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Best Judged

A day is best judged by the quality of the seeds sown, not by the nature of the harvest reaped. 

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Love’s Ark

Love’s Ark, a haiku by Gregg Hake

love’s ark fends the heart

against the waves and stormy seas-

buoyancy is love

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Goodness and Humility

“There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.” – Robert Louis Stevenson 

I had a heartfelt conversation with a friend yesterday about a personal hardship she is facing. She made a comment that stuck with me about her unwillingness to malign someone who had treated her unjustly. She said, “My friends think I’m being na├»ve, but I can’t lower myself to his level. To do so would mean I don’t believe in the power of love or in the goodness of people. And if I give up on those, what is there left to hope for in the world?”

No matter how hard things get, take care that you never abandon love or your belief in the fundamental goodness of people. People do judge themselves so you needn’t fill your days with judgment. 

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living with dignity

The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

When I think about the legacy I will leave the next generation, and in particular my two amazing boys, I can think of nothing more important than leaving signposts, through my words and example, of how to live with dignity in a world fraught with indignities. To live in this way, you must find your way out of the labyrinth of self-concern The forces of fear and greed at work in the world have turned many a well-intentioned heart from that which matters most. 

Fear and greed have a remarkable way of way of corrupting the hearts and minds of perfectly good people and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly these two spirits take root once given soil and water. 





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Above it all

There is something to be said about being above it all. By this I do not mean that it is ever a good idea to see everything as being beneath you, but there is value in finding the balance point of being as it was once put, “in the world but not of it.” 


To rise to this you must be willing to eschew judgment, forgive injustice, and hold an attitude of appreciation in all things. You must see beyond the limitations in others and refuse to take the bait of complaint, offense, or feeling the victim in any and all situations. You must, simply put, rise above.

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