July 30, 2015

HOW YOU ARE PERCEIVED, FOR NOW


"Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, easily blown out. It is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit."

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) American poet/critic/editor.

"Finds merit?"

Well not always in all cases; one's reputation can also be bad.

And whatever your reputation today may not be what it is tomorrow.

Work to improve it if bad, to enhance it if good.

July 29, 2015

OF THIS I'M CERTAIN


"Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one."

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

I would have chosen an adjective other than "ridiculous"; one that doesn't leave you wondering why certainty is ridiculous.

It is because there is so little we can be certain about and being certain about uncertain things is extremely dangerous.

July 28, 2015

WHAT IS YOURS?


"How can we know ourselves? Never by reflection, but only through action. Begin at once to do your duty and immediately you will know what is inside you."

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet/novelist/dramatist.

But what is your duty?

How sad if you can't answer that question.


The good news is we all have them, many in fact, ever changing throughout our lives.

They may be related to military service, but often not.

They are related to things and certainly people.

You just need to find yours.

July 27, 2015

THREAT MANAGEMENT


"Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them."

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher/playwright.

Which isn't a good thing.

Feeling as though we are under constant threat can ultimately lead to accepting that as the new normal. 

However not all perceived threats are worth the time and effort to resolve.

Do your best to make sure the ones you attempt to address are.

July 24, 2015

COME ON, GIVE US A SMILE!


"So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains."

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


And if this weren't true, which it is, you have something to say about your attitude; why not display more of the positive than the negative?