Justice 2/27/2019

Truth is the cry of all, but the game of a few. -George Berkeley

Spectator or Participant? Play the Game.

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The Virtue of Justice

What does it mean to live a just life? If right thoughts and right actions equal righteousness, can we be righteous? Our hope is that others treat us with justice. This of course is no guarantee, but it does not change our responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be honest in our deeds and in our words, and that we treat others with justice.

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Justice 2/20/2019

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. -Winston Churchill

It is time that we all step up to the plate.

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The Virtue of Justice

What does it mean to live a just life? If right thoughts and right actions equal righteousness, can we be righteous? Our hope is that others treat us with justice. This of course is no guarantee, but it does not change our responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be honest in our deeds and in our words, and that we treat others with justice.

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Justice 2/13/2019

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. -Mother Theresa

As mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, “You are only entitled to the action, but not the fruit.”

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The Virtue of Justice

What does it mean to live a just life? If right thoughts and right actions equal righteousness, can we be righteous? Our hope is that others treat us with justice. This of course is no guarantee, but it does not change our responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be honest in our deeds and in our words, and that we treat others with justice.

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Justice 2/6/2019

Does it make any difference to you if other people blame you for doing what’s right? -Marcus Aurelius

Do not worry about the others. At the end of the day, you did the right things and you will be able to sleep at ease.

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The Virtue of Justice

What does it mean to live a just life? If right thoughts and right actions equal righteousness, can we be righteous? Our hope is that others treat us with justice. This of course is no guarantee, but it does not change our responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be honest in our deeds and in our words, and that we treat others with justice.

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15 Ways to Find Peace within Yourself

Looking for peace? According to Marvin Gaye you have to find it within yourself first, but how do you do that? Here are 15 ways to help you find the peace you are looking for:

  1. Are you made up of the right things? “Character, not circumstances, makes the man.” –Booker T. Washington
  2. Are you without purpose? “An aim in life is the only fortune worth having.” –Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. What are you thinking about? “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” –Confucius
  4. Have you become stagnant? “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” –Benjamin Franklin
  5. Are you too serious? “We should make light of all things and endure them with tolerance: it is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it.” -Seneca
  6. Are your prayers misguided? You can’t make a deal with God, but you can be grateful. “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” -Meister Eckhart
  7. Are others disturbing your peace within? Keep in mind: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. And we shouldn’t be disturbing the peace within others: “Attack the evil within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others. –Confucius
  9. What if it is not others, but the circumstances we find ourselves in? “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” –Viktor Frankl
  10. Or the failure in inaction? “And you can commit injustice by doing nothing.” –Marcus Aurelius
  11. What about when no one is around? “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.” –J.C. Watts, Jr.
  12. Did you know? “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.” –James Allen
  13. And if that is true, then: “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” –William Faulkner
  14. To do that is to adapt. “To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.” –Winston Churchill
  15. And at the end of the day, remember: “The choices you make today will be your biography tomorrow.” –James Altucher

Start with yourself and find your peace. It come from within and manifests outward. Keep your conscience clear. Live a just life. Be righteous and have a great day!

Justice 1/30/2019

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. -J.C. Watts, Jr.

In your heart, you know the right thing. Be of clear conscience. Be a person of character, always.

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The Virtue of Justice

What does it mean to live a just life? If right thoughts and right actions equal righteousness, can we be righteous? Our hope is that others treat us with justice. This of course is no guarantee, but it does not change our responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be honest in our deeds and in our words, and that we treat others with justice.

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Justice 1/23/2019

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. -Gloria Steinem

What’s wrong with being pissed off? At least you can do something about that. Don’t you want to be free?

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The Virtue of Justice

What does it mean to live a just life? If right thoughts and right actions equal righteousness, can we be righteous? Our hope is that others treat us with justice. This of course is no guarantee, but it does not change our responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be honest in our deeds and in our words, and that we treat others with justice.

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Justice 1/16/2019

Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth. -Arthur Schopenhauer

By speaking the truth you can never go wrong. And after you have left this short life, you will be remembered because of it.

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The Virtue of Justice

What does it mean to live a just life? If right thoughts and right actions equal righteousness, can we be righteous? Our hope is that others treat us with justice. This of course is no guarantee, but it does not change our responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be honest in our deeds and in our words, and that we treat others with justice.

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Poor Judgment?

I sat in the meeting and listened to the guy who took it upon himself to drive the meeting. As he has done before, he spoke with much self-importance. He had all the answers and he wanted to demonstrate this whether it was true or not. Who does this guy think he is. We all make the same money, work on the same project, yet he is the self-appointed leader?

To be important seems to be the driver behind this guy’s motivation. I might not like his approach, but don’t I have this same desire to be important? Not only do I want to be important, I want to be viewed as important. Of course, it is an ego thing and one that I need to deal with personally. But it is something that we all desire: to matter. And as the great psychologist and philosopher William James once said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

I am quick to judge another person’s desire for importance. But here I am, the same. Wouldn’t it be better for me add value to the meeting, rather than obsess about this nonsense? Why not listen and contribute when the time is right? If all desire appreciation, why not make an ally of this team member and show my appreciation for his work?

Marcus Aurelius asked the question: Does it make any difference to you if other people blame you for doing what is right? It is a good question and one we should consider. It shouldn’t make a difference, and yet I would most likely be offended. But Aurelius’ question and can also be looked at from another perspective: Who am I to blame someone else for doing what they think is right? I wouldn’t want it done to me. What gives me the right to do it to someone else?

I am going to be attending that meeting again today. As I sit there I need to consider the following:

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. –Wayne Dyer

Live in the Light

So much evil that when exposed to the light, the vampire would burst into flames. He can only operate in the dark. Only in the shadows can he conduct his nefarious activities.

I used to love reading the vampire books. From Bram Stoker to Anne Rice, they were really enjoyable reads. The villains were glamorized (something I no longer find appealing) and at times really didn’t seem so evil. But vampires are evil. They can’t do what they do in the broad daylight. Operating without cover risks them to exposure, and that is one thing they are afraid of.

Vampires are afraid of the light, but what would cause a man to be afraid of the light? Why would be there the need to hide in the cover of darkness? Men hide in the dark when they don’t want to be seen. What are they hiding? What are we hiding? What am I hiding?

To come into the light is to declare that we have nothing to hide. To live a completely open life, one without shame, should be the ideal for the just individual. It may not be possible to live completely free of error. But once the errors are realized, we should acknowledge them and make them right. To cover them up is to recede back into the darkness. The longer we stay there, the more likely we will become afraid to come back out into the light.

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato