Archive for November, 2008
If you are the one being toasted–that is, if it’s your skills as a cook or prospects as a vice-president being toasted–you smile and express thanks, but you don’t drink the toast with everyone else. That would be like clapping for yourself when you’ve been awarded first prize.
– Edith Hazard & Wallace Pinfold
Rising to the Occasion
Saying thanks, it turns out, isn’t just pious or polite. It’s good for you. But there’s a catch. It doesn’t really work if you do it only once a year.
– Kim Painter, USA Today
Your Health: Giving thanks can make you happier, healthier
Tough choices don’t always involve professional codes or criminal laws. Nor do they always involve big, headline-size issues. They often operate in areas that laws and regulations don’t reach.
– Rushworth M. Kidder
How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living
Rarely does life unfold with the predictability of carefully scripted strategic leadership; far more leadership is improvised. We rely on our wits and accumulated wisdom.
In football, a fumble can lose the game. In faith a stumble can lose a soul. However, through the game we are taught to learn from our mistakes, to pick ourselves up off the turf, remove the clumps of grass from our facemasks, and play on. Through the gospels, we learn that though we may stumble time and again, all we need do is seek forgiveness.
How the world strikes me is not precisely how it strikes anyone else. Even my own interpretations are unstable. Many past ‘defeats’ I see now as improvements, and many ‘victories’ I see as spiritual failures. There are few if any aspects of my life that I am wise enough to change ‘for the better.’