The gold-plated rule

Regardless of your religion, you’ve surely heard a version of this Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”  I bet  you agree that this “gold standard” of behavior is a good idea.  A society is more civilized if most people follow it.  But dang… it sure is hard to live up to!…

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High anxiety

Clouds appear to be solid from a distance, especially dark, menacing cumulo-nimbus clouds rolling in over the foothills.  I was just out walking after lunch and I watched a plane flying through those dark clouds… shooting straight through that mass of water vapor without hesitation.  Imagine how terrifying it must have been for early aviators…

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What do you know?

We’re surrounded by uncertainty.  It’s a destabilizing force that keeps us on alert, keeps us focused and keeps us from becoming lazily complacent.  In a way, it’s a good thing.  The trick is to NOT let it devolve from destabilizing to debilitating…. to NOT let it paralyze us with fear.  I think I just learned…

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The eve of deduction

Well it’s Saturday, May 21 and I’m still here. Therefore A) I do not qualify for heaven, or B) Harold Camping was a little off on his end-of-the-world prediction again. Though I must say he certainly got a lot of people talking and mocking.  I will also add that just because the end of days…

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Giving up is hard to do

I recently heard a friend say “I’ve been through a rough couple of weeks… sometimes I feel like just giving up.”  His comment really got my attention.  The urge to stop pushing forward in the face of adversity is human nature and I bet you’ve felt that way at times too.  So what really keeps…

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Ripples bounce back

You’ve all heard the analogy… even a tiny pebble thrown into the ocean creates ripples that eventually become waves. The point is that when you do a seemingly small thing for another person, it can have a much larger impact than you ever thought possible. Now imagine the “water” is in a confined space. I…

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Royal pain

I’m trying to figure out why the upcoming royal wedding between William and Kate is bothering me.  I respect cultural traditions and don’t mind them being kept alive. And I love that the British royal family does a lot of work for charity.  It’s just the concept of being “royal” in the first place that…

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