Respect

"Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners." - Laurence Sterne It's at the core of every civil rights movement and seemingly in short supply at times. Respect is a powerful force - yet it is as delicate as a snowflake in the summer time; there are two sides to it, as … Continue reading Respect

Aptitude

"Genius consists of equal parts of natural aptitude and hard work." - Andre Maurois Typically, I write on topics which are reasonably clear-cut and universally applicable. Aptitude, then, is an oddball. I believe that everyone possesses a certain level of aptitude for something. What, of course, is a matter of considerable self-exploration and life experience. None … Continue reading Aptitude

Confidence

"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." - Samuel Johnson I recently took the opportunity to write on the matter of pride. In my entry, I made my best effort to caution that pride can be an unattractive and deceptive impediment to accomplishment. Writing about confidence, then, may seem like a redundancy. I fear … Continue reading Confidence

Prejudice

"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the future inaccessible." - Maya Angelou Prejudice is like a branch in your eye - there's no seeing past it. When we set our minds to believe that an entire group of anything or anyone is beyond redemption or not worth our … Continue reading Prejudice

Pride

"A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that is above you." - C.S. Lewis Pride has a deceptive appeal but is a terrible stumbling block. Much of our modern culture promotes "me as a brand". There's value to … Continue reading Pride

Simplicity

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction" - Albert Einstein Our modern world is fraught with endless distractions, drama, and needless complexity. It is nearly impossible to round a corner without meeting some … Continue reading Simplicity