Category: Daily Wisdom

I Don’t Allow Myself to Think About That

  Asked what he would do if he lost an upcoming fight, Jon Jones responded: “I don’t allow myself to think about that.”  I’ve pondered that response every day since I heard it last week. He didn’t elaborate much on that thought...

The Most Erroneous Stories

  The most erroneous stories and those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.  Often, great quotes grab my attention only to fall into the trash bin the more I think about them.  That is,...

Einstein as Fantasy Fan

  At FantasyCon, I heard a quote from Einstein that every fantasy author should know: “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than...

Bad Memories are Good

Although he is one of my least favorite philosophers and although he has been credited with greatly influencing Hitler’s philosophies that led to the second world war, I have to admit that some of Nietzsche’s teachings are humorous and thought...

Lost Heroism?

I have tons of dragon pictures.  I also have a number of friends who would be embarrassed on my behalf to learn that I admitted that in a public forum!  Among that large compilation of pictures, I find myself wondering...

Universal Languages

Years ago, I toured China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines with BYU’s Wind Symphony.  Unlikely enough, I was featured playing a solo on a tenor saxophone. While touring, my favorite part of each performance was when the rhythm section...

the Aim of Discussion

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. Joseph Joubert 1754-1824 I’ve been helping a client deal with a problem off and on for about ten years now. It seems like every time we come...

Tact

I once sat in an arbitration hearing where an unrepresented party was grumpily babbling over a number of trivial irrelevancies that were wearing on my nerves. This particular instance left me wishing that there was something I could do to...

Duh … Reading Makes You Smarter

I subscribe to David Farland’s blog “A Kick in the Pants.”  It is dedicated to helping aspiring writers hone their writing skills but I read his articles for ulterior motives: occasionally, he cites interesting studies about reading and writing and...

Refined & Beautiful Things

I’m obsessed with beautiful things. I’m currently listening to my “inspiring” playlist on itunes. I own a butterfly store. I collect beautiful images for my screensaver and I have beautiful sculptures, feathers, shells, and various forms of art all over...

Education

Two similarly pointed quotes for consideration today: Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm Forbes Clarifying that point a little, Alec Bourne pointed out that a student does not become well educated by filling...

Don’t Strive for Success

Strive not for success but to be of value. Albert Einstein Einstein is one of my favorite personalities – not because he was brilliant – but because he was so practical.  If being famous ever got to his head, he...

Individuality Demonstrated by a Boy Hero

Every generation, teenagers come up with something new to identify themselves as somehow unique and different from their parents and/or previous generations.  They feel a strong need to create a distinct identify for themselves that will make them feel important,...

Opportunity

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison True hundreds of years ago and still true today … although they may not have called them overalls hundreds of years...

Prose – Orson Scott Card

“When you make one basket, it can never be more than one basket.  But when you say words.  They can be repeated over and over, and fill men’s hearts a thousand miles from where you first spoke them.  Words can...