The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
-Poet William James
Category Archives: quotable
The turtle never went anywhere until it stuck its neck out.
Reward requires risk.
This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.
About 15 years ago, I was starting my college experience at Lee University in Tennessee. I started as a Music Major, but after a year decided on a different path. I ended up studying psychology, the study of human behavior. In developmental psychology, we were given the definition of growth. To paraphrase, the definition of growth in developmental psychology was positive change over time. The fact is that from birth, we are in a constant state of change. Either it’s positive change (growth), or negative change (atrophy, death, deterioration). Let’s embrace and strive towards positive change. If you do not embrace and seek change, change will find you on it’s terms.
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
~W. Edwards Deming
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day yesterday…
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, The foresight to know where you are going, And the insight to know when you have gone too far.
In England, gun ownership is almost completely forbidden. You can own a gun if you store it at a local armory and it is for sporting purposes like target, skeet, clay pigeons, and hunting. I thought this was a pretty funny quote.
In England, if you commit a crime, the police don’t have a gun and you don’t have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say “Stop, or I’ll say stop again.” -Robin Williams
I’m pretty excited about the upcoming release of The Saturn Project‘s Anthems for a Broken World. This is seriously good music from normal guys with abnormally big dreams. These dreams are giving birth to a reality that will change the lives of a lot of people on the other side of the planet from me. With that as the back drop, I wanted to bring a quote which expresses my feelings on music.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Yesterday evening, the report that radio news broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey had passed away in Arizona came across the wire. I felt almost as if a relative had passed. You see, my dad has always been a news junkie, and there was nobody better at getting out the news and comment on AM radio than Harvey. I remember my dad’s radio dial on both his old flatbed truck and the Datsun B210 set to the AM channel where Harvey came on. Specifically I remember hearing Harvey in the afternoon when my dad would pick me up from school at Sarasota’s South Side Elementary when I was in kindergarten. His signature phrase “Stand by for the news” let you know that you were about to receive the current happenings that were news worthy without any bias. “Page 1”, then “Page 2”, and so on, each piece of news compiled in concise factual fashion. He did use personal comment but it was only after the factual pieces of news had been presented. Following the news, he would always tell a story of victory, redemption, hard work, against the odds success, or character development. Many times it was a story about a person, company, or organization you already knew, but with an element or piece of historical fact that you did not know. As he told the story, somewhere in the middle, you already had a picture of the wonderful triumph or determination the individual or group had, but he would leave you with a cliff hanger, unaware about whom he was talking. Then when he would come back to his last radio segment, he would give you “The rest of the story” and all mystery was revealed.
His familiar voice which was absolutely perfect for the radio will be missed. At the time of his passing, he was 90 years old and still active as a broadcaster. I am a little sad today thinking that I will never hear another new broadcast by Paul Harvey.
Proverbs 3:5 and 6 (New King James Version)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.