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Vol. 16 – No. 4314 October 25, 2014
Thought for the week: "Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." – Sam Walton (1918-1992)
"Light tomorrow with today!" – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'" – Brian Tracy
"Words: so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, but how potent for good and/or evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them." – Anon.
"Reason and the ability to use it are two separate skills." – Franz Grillparzer
"May you have enough happiness to make you sweet;
enough trials to make you strong; enough sorrow to keep you human; and enough hope to make you happy." – Submitted by Dean Stephens in "Parables, Etc."
A minister was opening his mail one morning. Drawing a single sheet of paper from an envelope, he found written on it only one word: "FOOL."
The next Sunday he announced, "I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their names. But this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name and had forgotten to write a letter."
"Don't pigeonhole yourself. The inventor of the pneumatic tire, John Dunlop, was a veterinarian. The inventor of the safety razor, King Gillette, was a cork salesman. George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, was a bookkeeper. Be open to new ideas—no matter where they come from."
About the German ship that gave moving tribute to Americans over losses to terrorists!
This e-mail is said to be from a naval officer to his family. It tells of an event that occurred shortly after the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001.
According to the naval officer's e-mail, his ship, the USS Winston Churchill, was at an undisclosed location at sea when they got a call from a German military ship named the Lutjens. The crews from the American and German ships had spent some time together while both were moored in Plymouth, England.
The Lutjens asked to come alongside of the Winston Churchill, and as it did, the Americans saw a moving and spectacular site. The German ship was flying an American flag at half-mast. Then they saw that the entire crew of the German ship were "manning the rails" in their dress blues. There was also a sign on the side of the German ship that said, "We Stand by You."
The e-mail says there wasn't a dry eye among the Americans.
Our values—the core beliefs that drive behavior—determine our character, our ethics and our potential. Thus, the most important thing we can do for our children is to stimulate them to develop positive values that will help them become wise, happy and good. This is no simple matter.
The first step is to achieve greater clarity about what we really believe and what we really want our children to believe. Often there is an inconsistency between what we say we value (our stated values) and what we actually value as revealed by our choices (our operative values).
We also need to recognize the complexity of our value structures. Our life goals are determined by our desires and wants.
Another category of values concerns our beliefs as to what works. These often dictate what we do to get what we want.
Still a final type of values comprises our ethical views as to what is right. In a person of character, these values supersede others. As my children are getting older, I've been thinking about constructing with my wife a "Statement of Family Values" expressing our beliefs about the nature and relative importance of a dozen basic matters.
If you want to try it, concisely state the beliefs you hope to instill in your children regarding:
Character and ethics
Faith and spirituality
Marriage and family relationships
Money and material possessions
Drinking and drugs
We teach our children values with everything we say and do. The trouble is we're not always aware of what value we're teaching. Taking the time to formulate a "Statement of Family Values" can provide an unambiguous source of values your children will never forget. You can get this list at our website at www.charactercounts.org.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."1
Report cards. Good for making students nervous ... especially when they are sent home from school for the parents to see.
I received a report card myself from one of my sons when he was 13. It read:
Dad's Report Card:
Sense of Humor A
It was a birthday card, which, on the inside read, "Let's see if we can't bring that last grade up a bit, Dad!"
Jokes aside, I wonder if we wouldn't be better parents if we knew we were going to be graded regularly.
Whenever there is responsibility with accountability, the results are usually more effective. For example, in ancient Rome when the scaffolding was removed from a completed Roman arch, the law required the engineers who built it to test its strength by standing beneath it.
No wonder that Roman arches have survived for hundreds of years!
When our life's work is ended and we cross to the other side, may each of us hear the welcome words of our Lord and Savior, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the wonderful privilege of giving to me the opportunity to love and serve you while here on earth. Help me to give the one life you have given to me the very best that I have to offer. Gratefully in Jesus' name. Amen."
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