Month: September 2017 (Page 2 of 3)

Every Cover, Every Issue: Guaranteed

You’ll see the same thing, every month, every cover, every issue, guaranteed:

On Cosmo: upper left-hand corner, an article promoting some significantly high number of Sex Secrets

On Men’s Health: declarative headline on How to get Flat Abs

 

Civil Courage

Civil Courage– conversing, relating, sharing ideas with people who think differently than you, representing your ideas, standing up for your ideas, yet doing so in a kind, gracious and considerate manner.

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Three Steps to Pursuing Happiness**

[**previously published in “The Gang Magazine”]

When my daughter Nikki was a little girl, she asked me, “What is happiness?”

“Hmm,” I thought, “she’s a little young to be asking about that, but here goes: ‘It’s the male organ used for reproductive purposes—“

“—no, no, no,” she interrupted me, “I said ‘What is HAP-iness? HAP-piness?

Oh, well—phew! That’s different.

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Regrets? Who, me?

Heck yeah I have regrets! I wish I could do my kids over again. I wasn’t mentally prepared for child one – and my lifecycle and pace of living was such that I didn’t get– change that to “make” –enough time to spend with them individually. Too much time frittered away on pursuit of career. It didn’t feel ‘frittered’ then, but it feels like it now.

The money is gone, and so is the time with the kids.

What do we do going forward? Our best. Examine our life, make adjustments, and do our best – it’s the best we can do.

Parents–Stay in Touch

It is the wise parent who stays in touch with their children. Don’t expect a child to stay in touch with you. Reach out consistently to them, for you are the wise one and they may be confused or deceived.

Anything Worth Doing

“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly—until you can learn to do it well.”
—Zig Ziglar

Commitment

Making a commitment and keeping it are two different things.

Law of the Locker Room (Men only)

At the gym, if only two men are in an otherwise-empty locker room, it will turn out their lockers are right next to each other.

 

Character, Dreams and Pure Joy

Testing your faith is also testing your character. As water reflects your face, so your heart reflects ‘you’. How is your heart in the face of trials, set-backs, on-slogging disappointments? can you believe your best is yet to come? Can you believe you will keep going, keep giving your best and doing your best regardless of the outcome, the yield, the acclaim?

I can’t. I want good character, but without the struggle.

I asked God to give me good character, but all i got was struggle. Feeling miserable,  my friend flopped two verses of wisdom in my face:

“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.”
—”Psalm 105:19

“Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds, for the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
—James 1: 2-4

 

Sooooooo, said the inkling with a wry smile, now can I have good character?
Sure, replied the wise one–Go fetch.

Ambition: good or evil?

Don’t question ambition, question instead the character of the ambitious one, for character determines whether the ambition is good or evil, noble or base.

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