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The Parable About Changing the World

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The Parable About Changing the World

Sometimes you don’t need to try to change the world—just changing something about yourself will suffice.   Once upon a time there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he was back at his palace, he complained that his […]

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People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

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People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

…and I believe we all live in glass houses. There are a few guys at my gym who obviously use performance enhancing drugs. They are much more muscular than me, at least partly because I have chosen to stay more natural in my bodybuilding. Since I know use of these substances carries health risks, I […]

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Be a Gentleman

Filed in Living by on August 11, 2016 4 Comments
Be a Gentleman

Being a gentleman is becoming a lost art. Whether it is the millennial “hook up” dating culture or simply the laziness of the modern male, it seems few men observe the rules of gentlemanliness. For those men who think being a gentleman is unnecessary because men and women are the same, I ask you to […]

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There Is No Excuse for a Bad Attitude

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There Is No Excuse for a Bad Attitude

There are a lot of people walking around with a bad attitude about life. “Woe is me, I’m always getting screwed. I deserve better!” They constantly play the role of victim. If you know someone like this, and I’ll wager you do, consider sharing with them the story of Buck O’Neil. Buck O’Neil was born […]

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To Really Motivate Yourself, Choose a Lofty Ideal

Filed in Living by on July 28, 2016 0 Comments
To Really Motivate Yourself, Choose a Lofty Ideal

Even before we adopted our new dog Anderson, I decided I was going to do some things differently with him than I did with Munson. Munson was Munson, and I wanted Anderson to be Anderson. So while Munson was groomed to have what is called a “puppy cut,” which is really cute, I wanted Anderson […]

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God is Watching, and Rewards Us In Subtle Ways

Filed in Living by on July 21, 2016 0 Comments
God is Watching, and Rewards Us In Subtle Ways

I believe God is watching each of us all of the time, and occasionally rewards us when we are kind, generous, or otherwise exhibit godly behavior. When He shines on me in this way, I think of it as getting a “wink” from God. Several years ago, one of our adult children asked us for […]

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The Parable of the Frogs

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The Parable of the Frogs

A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was they agreed it was […]

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A Wacky Day in the ER

Filed in Living by on July 7, 2016 3 Comments
A Wacky Day in the ER

I volunteer one day a week in the emergency room of our local hospital. Today was particularly interesting, so I thought I’d share it with you. When I arrive at my station at the front desk, the first thing I do is check the computer screen to see what type of patients we currently have. […]

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Don’t Allow Yourself to Lose Your Optimism About Life

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Don’t Allow Yourself to Lose Your Optimism About Life

I am older now and so have sometimes found myself becoming jaded about life. Especially after having been in the business world for so long, there is a tendency to become cynical about the world and people’s motives. Fortunately, I had a recent experience that rejuvenated me and gave me a renewed sense of the […]

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The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman

Filed in Living by on June 23, 2016 0 Comments
The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman

There are some very interesting parables I have come across in the course of my reading that I want to share with you. Here is the first in a series I will post over the next few months. This is a story about why it might make sense to slow down, reassess, and decide if […]

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