August 29, 2014

WHAT IS DOESN'T HAVE TO BE


"No one is worse, for knowing the worst of themselves."


Proverb

Because in knowing yourself you see what you might wish to change.

August 28, 2014

MAKING HAY, SUN SHINING, ETC.


"I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could."

François Rabelais (1495-1553) French writer/priest

Less poetically, get it done while you have the chance.

August 27, 2014

THE REMEMBERED OFFENSE


"Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains."

Proverb

So think carefully before you speak or act; those you offend will long after you hope they'd forget.

August 26, 2014

IT COULDA' BEEN WORSE!


"When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped."

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author

And once you've (briefly) acknowledged how fortunate you are, get on with addressing whatever misfortune you've suffered.

At the core of every setback is a potential comeback.

August 25, 2014

KNOW WHEN TO BRACE, WHEN TO BEND


"Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame."

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist/essayist

We do need rigidity, however complete inflexibility leaves no room for growth.

Flexible and rigid.

Simultaneously ready to be the other while being the one.

August 22, 2014

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH MONEY


"Money without brains is always dangerous."

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker/motivational writer

Kinda cold; I'll take a softer tact.

Without a well thought out plan to spend it, there almost can't be too much money to do what must be done.

August 21, 2014

HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULDA' DONE


"After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved."

Italian proverb

The big bucks go to those who know how to keep it from sinking.

August 20, 2014

MAYBE NOT


"Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturer

The fact that your instinct tells you to do/not do, say/not say something, may be reason enough to do the opposite.

Look to the past.

If your instinct guided decision making has too often led you down the wrong path, you may want to rethink what you initially think is the right course of action.

August 19, 2014

TRUST BUT VERIFY


"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."

Mark Twain 19th century American writer/humorist

And accepting something as true without any consideration for whether or not it is, is a form of denial.

That can get you in trouble.