Tag Archives: Uncommon Life

The Achievement of Serenity

“The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr How do you achieve serenity while living in a world of incongruity and limitations? Everywhere you look … Continue reading

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Commit to the Move

A younger friend of mine was describing the keys to advancement in the sport of wakeboarding to my brother-in-law and I and his philosophy was summarized by the brilliant statement that at a certain point you have to stop thinking … Continue reading

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Uncomplicated Willingness

You’ve no doubt heard the name Betsy Ross as she occupies a significant place in the history of our great nation. Born the eighth of seventeen children to Quaker parents, Ross was thrice widowed, lost her mother, father and sister … Continue reading

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You are well-endowed!

“At bottom, every man knows perfectly well that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together … Continue reading

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A Cure for Superficiality

“Democracy needs to be reborn in each generation and education is its midwife.” ~ John Dewey, Twentieth Century Education Theorist A friend of mine recommended New York Times columnist David Brooks’ recent TED presentation to me yesterday (David Brooks: The … Continue reading

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The Long, Anxious Search

A friend introduced me to a short essay many years ago called “A Message to Garcia.” Made into two motion pictures and translated into 37 languages, this inspirational essay points to the value of (as well as the scarcity of) … Continue reading

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