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That's Our Policy

On June 1 one year, my wife and I checked into a beautiful resort hotel at about 6:30 p.m. and were greeted with enthusiasm, courtesy and efficiency, and given tickets for a complimentary continental breakfast.

We went to our suite, freshened up and enjoyed a marvelous dinner, then had a wonderful night's sleep. The next morning, we enjoyed ...Read more

Responsibility Is the Key

All of us have awakened on a given morning not really "feeling" like going to work. Maybe a mild headache threatens, or we are fatigued from lack of sufficient sleep. Perhaps we are facing a difficult assignment. Being a responsible individual, however, we roll out of bed, head for the kitchen for a cup of coffee, and, in the process, realize ...Read more

Was Encouragement the Difference?

The following two tidbits come from Glen Van Ekeren's "Speakers Source Book." Star Daily is a man who became prominent in England as a notorious, vicious killer, a hardened armed robber whose difficulty can be traced to his childhood.

His teacher routinely called on him to stand and read a passage in front of the class. Unfortunately, Star ...Read more

Can You Trust Your Feelings?

All of us have undoubtedly made the statement "I don't feel like it" a number of times. This expression in this particular instance has nothing to do with whether or not we are having a coronary or a migraine; it has to do with something that we need to do and should do but don't want to do. So we simply say, "I just don't feel like it."

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It Takes Time

"I intended to call you last week but got busy, and time slipped through my fingers."

"I would love to take a couple of days to visit my folks, but the time just doesn't exist."

It's true. We're getting busier, and time is getting scarce.

Regardless of how busy we are, there are 10 things we need to take time for. We need to take time to work...Read more

Too Much of a Good Thing

For some strange reason, there are millions of us who believe that if a little of something is good for us, a lot would be even better. Sometimes, that is true, but frequently, it is not. For example, if a non-swimmer has fallen into water over his head, if you throw him one end of a rope, that's good. If you throw him both ends of the rope, ...Read more

Public-Speaking Tips

According to Reader's Digest, public speaking is the No. 1 fear in America, so here are some tips that will relieve you of some of your anxiety.

First, as far as I know, Barbara Helleen, who suffered a fatal heart attack while speaking to the Women's Club of Rosendale, N.Y., Alben W. Barkley, former vice president of the United States, and ...Read more

The Hustler

Several years ago, Paul Newman starred in a movie titled "The Hustler." It dealt with the game of pool, and a hustler was a guy who set someone up and then hustled or beat him out of his money. The connotation of a hustler was definitely negative.

Today, however, when we think of a hustler, we think of someone who is a go-getter and gives the...Read more

Efficiency Is Costly

When I was a youngster in Yazoo City, Miss., twice each week -- on Tuesday and Friday nights -- I delivered the hometown newspaper. One night a week, I collected for the paper. The financial rewards were small but important. More important was the fact that I developed commitment and learned responsibility and how to deal with people. ...Read more

A Rainy Day Story

Today was "one of those days." I don't believe I've ever seen as much rain fall so hard or for so long as I did today. My wife and I were on our way to Tyler, Texas, to make a couple of purchases and, more importantly, to see Dr. John Hudnall, an ear, nose and throat specialist, because I had a little physical problem. A blood vessel ...Read more

Talk Radio Can Help

This morning, I heard a fascinating conversation between a father and a talk-show host. The father said his two little boys had been put on school probation because they had been late to school nine times in the last 60 days. The father felt good about it because it served as a wake-up call.

A family council was called, and the entire family ...Read more

Discipline vs. Punishment

Many people cringe when they see the word "discipline" because they are confusing discipline with punishment. Discipline is something you do for someone; punishment is something you do to someone.

Discipline is the missing quality in many people's lives. Individuals who have never been disciplined consequently do not know how to discipline ...Read more

 
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