Courage 5/9/2019: Prepare for What May Come

I can’t count how many times it has happened in my own life. A chance to buy the “perfect” house, a great deal on a car, the awesome vacation. I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t have the money. And those were just things. What about missed weddings, family reunions, job opportunities, and […]

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Justice 5/8/2019: Impeccable Conduct

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of gossip. -Richard Steele It can spread quickly and kill an honest person’s reputation. It is sad to see modern society embrace such tactics of destruction. Living in the late 1600’s, Richard Steele understood the power and speed of gossip. Imagine if he […]

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Temperance 5/7/2019: Action or Talk?

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. -Confucius I have noticed a strange phenomenon as I continue to work on my breathing while exercising. Concentrating on keeping my mouth and focusing on breathing only through my nose has made me more thoughtful. Is it the focus of the practice […]

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Prudence 5/6/2019: Don’t Fall Behind

The only cap to your ability to learn is the one you put on yourself. When we were kids we were always told, “We could be whatever we wanted to be; the sky was the limit.” For some reason as we got older, we forgot that childhood maxim and set a limit on what we […]

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Hope 5/4/2019: What if?

Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. -Joe Montana It starts with curiosity. You say to yourself the magic words. Not abracadabra, not even please. The real magic words. You say, “What if?” This is the great question, the seedling floating […]

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Faith 5/3/2019: Believe in Yourself

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. -Norman Vincent Peale The cheerleader can say, “Rah, rah, rah, you can do it,” all day long. But if the team doesn’t believe they can win, they are more than likely […]

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Courage 5/2/2019: Overwhelmed? Fight Anyway.

When you think of the Spartans, you think of warriors. You think of courage. You think of the 300 at Thermopylae trying to check the Persian invasion of Greece. The opposing force was overwhelming, but it did not matter to the Spartans. They were going to fight anyway. When you see the enemy coming, you […]

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Justice 5/1/2019: Meditate on the Good

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. -Confucius There is so much truth in these words from Confucius. When my mind is right, so is everything else. It is easy with the news. You see that horrific clip and can’t get the image out […]

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Temperance 4/30/2019: Initiator of Change

Let him that would move the world first move himself. -Socrates It all begins with you. Change yourself and you can change the environment around you. There are three things I am committed to working on every day. How can I improve my body, my soul, and my mind? This is part of the virtuous […]

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Prudence 4/29/2019: Properly Educated

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. -Aristotle Be passionate about the things you are learning. You will be surprised by how effective it is. That first spark when you meet a potential love interest. All you want to do is get to know the person. Your mind and your […]

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