Chances are excellent that when you read the heading on this column, you thought to yourself, "Man, what's he talking about? I live in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles! That's not a small town!" You're right. However, in every big city, there are lots of "small towns." The place you work, the neighborhood in which you live, the local church, ...Read more
"The rule for all of us is perfectly simple: Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. ...Read more
If you could "sell your future," what would the price tag be? Obviously, it would vary enormously according to your age, background, previous success and your frame of mind. The condition of your health, your family relationships, your current financial resources and a host of other things would also influence the value you put on your future.
"As a new resident of a small Southern town, I often noticed a stocky, gray-haired man ride by my home on a bicycle. He usually had a tool kit in the wire basket of the bike. Months after I had first noticed him, we were introduced at the home of a new friend of mine, a widow. When she told me his name, she added, 'But we widows call him "Mr. ...Read more
This little bit of satire from an unknown source struck my funny bone, and I believe it will strike yours, as well.
Fire: What To Do
During a recent ecumenical gathering, a secretary rushed in shouting, "The building is on fire!"
The Methodists gathered in the corner and prayed.
The Baptists cried, "Where is the water?"
The Quakers quietly ...Read more
Recently, we received a fascinating email message that I thought was so good. I have decided to share it with you and obtained permission from the author, Mary Rita Schilke Korzan:
When you thought I wasn't looking, you hung my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another.
When you thought I wasn't looking, you fed a ...Read more
For centuries, knowledgeable people have recognized that successful leaders have a talent for asking the right questions to get the information they need. They are probing, penetrating, thought-provoking questions that force the other person to think. This enables the leader to bring out the best in that individual.
As individuals, we need to ...Read more
Is society negative or positive? The answer: It's more negative than positive. Dr. J. Allan Petersen points out that society's input is predominantly negative. Our conversations at home accentuate the negative. Unfortunately, a negative thinker activates the world around him negatively, and every bit of negativism he sows produces a bumper crop....Read more
Tuesday morning, at 8:24 a.m., I was checking out of the local grocery store. As I was making my departure, the lady said, "Have a good day." I responded, "I've already had one -- you do the same." Her response was, "Not today -- I don't expect it to happen to me."
I was saddened by her remark because our expectations have a tendency to be ...Read more
At a recent speech, Jack Kemp pointed out that nearly a hundred years ago, we started this century with an air of boundless confidence and enthusiasm. Fourteen years later, the world was at war and over 5 million men -- or over 5,600 a day for five years -- paid the ultimate price.
The horror of World War I led to protectionism and isolationism...Read more
On Aug. 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Her time was 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking Charles Toff's record by two hours and 23 minutes.
Swimming the English Channel is a truly difficult undertaking. The channel is only 20 miles wide at the point most swimmers tackle it. However, when you combine ...Read more
Our society today winks at the idea of sexual purity and abstinence before marriage. Based on some of the sex education courses in schools and the conduct of personalities in real life as well as in the television and movie industries, we're led to believe that abstinence is not only impossible, it's undesirable; that sex, under most ...Read more
In our high-tech society today, too many people are relying on technology to meet all of their educational and personal growth needs. They believe all they need to do is press those buttons and they've got the answers to everything.
There is much that can be said about the benefits of the electronic age, but the computer between our ears is ...Read more