By Bernard Percy I can count on two fingers the number of times I was ready to use physical violence on another. For example, I never once spanked my daughters or used any physical force in raising them. (OK there was one very, very minor exception; my oldest daughter Dhyana was 6 years old and loved to unlock the door to our house. One day [...]
“... what you wear instantly conveys who you are.” Winston Churchill commented, “America will always do the right thing after having exhausted all possibilities”. So many people are wandering wonderers, wondering what do I REALLY want to do with my life. Like so many, Daniel was having success in his career: he was a professional Rugby player. He had signed a contract to play for [...]
NOTE: The following ‘miracle’ story happened over 40 years ago when I was a teacher in an inner city school that was over 95% Black. I believe the message from this story can help point the way to improving the existing confrontational and divisive world we are experiencing today. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading” ― Gautama [...]
How often has something happened and it’s only after some time has passed that you thought how you could have handled it better, or what would have been a perfect response to someone’s action or comment.
There would be absolutely no room for anyone to get onto the train, but not to elderly Russian women. When I saw them waiting on the train station I GOT OUT OF THEIR WAY!!
In 1976 Caralyn and I went out on a limb. We had been teachers in New York City, Caralyn for five years and me for 12 years. We decided that we wanted to create our lives in a different direction than we had been going. [...]
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” - Steve Jobs As we approach the start of a new year it is time to make resolutions, i.e., decisions about what we will or will not do in the new year. I decided to REALLY be CRAZY - GOOD CRAZY. Let me define two [...]
“Reserve the right to know more today than yesterday.” Konrad Adenauer Konrad Adenauer was the Chancellor of West Germany for over 20 years.He had a reporter who did not like him and was always trying to be critical of Adenauer. One day he asked Adenauer a question, and did not like what he answered. He belligerently said to Adenauer, “I asked you the [...]
“There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different.” - Alfred P. Sloan “I am not belittling the brave pioneer men but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped to settle this glorious land of ours.” [...]
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." - Lao Tze The above quote by Lao Tze is a great quote, but there is one question you need to know the answer to before you take that single step - in which direction do you want to go. The correct answer to that question is so often the problem. [...]