Archive for September, 2007
Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest.
The things you learn in maturity aren’t simple things such as acquiring skills. You come to understand that most people are neither for you nor against you; they are thinking about themselves. You learn that no matter how hard you try to please, some people in this world are not going to love you, a lesson that is at first troubling and then really quite relaxing.
– John Gardner
from a 1993 speech
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today-to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul- then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.
The difference between greatness and mediocrity may be two inches. That is my recurring nightmare. Someday I will be with God and He will say, ‘Jimmy, you were two steps away from greatness. Why didn’t you take them?’ I will not be condemned by the lack of those two steps. I will be embarrassed by my failure to take them.
– James O’Leary
I Think I Am Happier Than I Think I Am
You should regularly review your credit report, keeping an eagle eye out for such things as unrecognizable names, a change of address, accounts you don’t recall opening or past-due notices on accounts that you did open but no longer use. An additional barrier to identity theft is a “freeze’ on your credit report, meaning that the credit bureau cannot release your report to anyone without your approval.