Archive for January, 2019

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Public Domain)

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Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.

—Thomas J. Watson (by IBM; Creative Commons)

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Milton on Gratitude

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

by Unknown artist, oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1629

—Milton (Public Domain)

The older I get, the more I am convinced that gratitude is not only one of the most important spiritual attributes, it is also one of the most critical components to personal happiness. When we are focusing our mind on gratitude, giving thanks for all that we have, it is impossible to simultaneously be complaining or bemoaning our position. Correspondingly, when we are complaining about our lot in life, we are shunning gratefulness.

When we decide to actively embrace gratitude as part of our psyche, something truly amazing happens. The world suddenly doesn’t appear so mean and cold, and we begin to see all of the good that surrounds us; items which were formerly shrouded now come into focus.

Amazingly, when we decide to embark down the path of gratitude, we also find that success begins to surround us. Accomplishments which were once elusive begin coming to fruition. Achievements we hadn’t even previously considered start to manifest.

In short, gratitude opens a portal through which we can see our Spiritual destiny. Talk about an everyday epiphany!

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

—Tacitus (Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

I never forget a face, but in your case, I’ll be glad to make an exception.

—Groucho Marx (Public Domain)

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Aristotle on Education

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

—Aristotle (Public Domain)

And what an incredible time in which we live, from the standpoint of education. For most of our human existence, even the most basic of teachings—like learning to read and write—were limited to a small and elite percentage of the population. While this has certainly changed over the course of the past several centuries, until this past generation our education was still restrictive, limited to the classroom, the library, periodicals, and newspapers. Now, with the advent of the internet, we can literally gain an education on any topic in the world, from science and mathematics to history and psychology. Not only can we “attend” college online, we can tap into powerful platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, Lynda, and KhanAcademy for an incredibly low price. We can keep our minds young or create a new income stream by learning to code at CodeAcademy. Think of what so many throughout history would have given to have these “magical” tools at their fingertips! What a great time to be alive.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Don’t think, just do.

—Horace (65 BC – 8 BC, Public Domain)

Making plans for one’s life is extremely important; the process gives us direction and crystalizes a vision of where we want to go and who we want to become. But what is truly paramount in life is action. The best plan in the world means nothing if we never actually insert ourselves on the map and begin moving forward. And continue moving forward, without stop and despite the inevitable and chronic obstacles in our way. So, let’s take a few minutes reviewing our grand plan each morning, and spend the rest of the day simply moving forward. With constant, focused action, we will reach our destination—or discover a wonderful new place not on our original map at all.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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