Ruth Friddle

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~ Terry Tempest Williams

Beauty is not optional, but it is a strategy for survival.


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A good manager…

~David Kanigan

I believe that a manager is responsible for feeding families…and feeding and nourishing souls.  It is a privilege.  An honor.  Something that should be cherished.  And not toyed with in a climb to the top.

It’s a matter of treating your team with the utmost of reverence and respect.

It is then my obligation to Be Good.  Do Good. See Good. Tease out the good.  Make them Good.

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Are You on the Right Path?

One of the first things successful people realize is the old adage, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” Your success and your course is up to you. Jim Rohn, the late personal development icon, said you must ask yourself this question: Are all the disciplines I’m currently engaged in taking me where I want to go?

“What an important question to ask yourself at the beginning of the month, the beginning of the week, the beginning of the day. You don’t ever want to ever kid yourself—hoping you will arrive at a good destination when you’re not even headed that way,” Rohn says.

Ask yourself if the direction you are headed is what you want for your life and if it’s your own direction.

“After you have answered these questions within yourself, then take it one step further and ask, ‘What am I doing that is working or not working?’ Debate it all,” Rohn says. “Let the power of your own ambition take you where you want to go, to do what you want to do, to create the life you want to live.”

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Life’s Biggest Secret

~by Zack – BA Expat

The remarkable thing about life is that you are the master of your mind, the undisputed main character in an epic journey through this world. Command your mind or your body and it will obey. You can use this power to shape your future as you see fit; your legs will walk to the gym even if you’re lethargic, your vocal chords will produce sound even if you’re nervous to speak up.

But, for all of the incredible features that come standard on the Human Body, autopilot is not one of them. In the absence of instructions, your mind and body will remain in the default state of Doing Nothing. It will not make friends for you if you don’t socialize, it will not find you a new job if you don’t seek out opportunities.

Each command you give, each action you set in motion, is a small building block of your life. And in the end, the actions sum up to tell your story. Action transforms the athlete into the Olympian, a napkin sketch into an invention, two separate lives at a cocktail party into a forever entangled and intertwined existence.

Yet still we postpone, sitting idly and waiting for the mythical force of Motivation to compel us to leap forward and seize the day. Motivation – an unreliable tide that ebbs and flows as it pleases, seldom punctual or convenient. Motivation – a concept we’ve invented, a purgatory between Ideas and Execution, the scapegoat for why we don’t have the habits we want or the success we desire.

It’s all nonsense: you don’t have to wait to be motivated. You can simply get up and Do – begin to build new habits through action, even in the absence of motivation. Grab the controls of your amazing machine and order it forward. Decouple yourself from motivation – decide to do things because they will bring you health or happiness, not because they happen to coincide with a momentary burst of motivational energy.

You will cover oceans while the rest of the world sprints across fields during brief, fleeting moments of inspiration. You will accomplish what others only dreamed possible while onlookers marvel at everything you’re able to accomplish, to-do lists and bucket lists alike fading into distant memory as you charge forward through life.

Read more. Lose weight. Travel. Exercise. Learn to dance.

So many of our goals are not goals at all, but simply actions – binary in nature, they are accomplished merely by deciding to be done. Read and you have read. Eat better and you have lost weight. Get on a plane and you have traveled. Run and you have exercised. Take a lesson and you’ve learned to dance.

“Do, or do not. There is no try.”  Life really is that simple.

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These Things I Wish for You

~ by Lee Pitts  (read by Paul Harvey)


We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse.

For my grandchildren, I’d know better.

I’d really like for them to know about hand-me-down clothes and homemade ice-cream and leftover meat loaf.  I really would.

My cherished grandson, I hope you learn humility by surviving failure and that you learn to be honest even when no one is looking.

I hope you learn to make your bed and mow the lawn and wash the car – and I hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see a baby calf born and you have a good friend to be with you if you ever have to put your old dog to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother.  And it is all right to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he’s scared, I hope you’ll let him.

And when you want to see a Disney movie and your kid brother wants to tag along, I hope you take him.

I hope you have to walk uphill with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your father teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books, and when you learn to use computers, you also learn how to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get razzed by friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and that when you talk back to your mother, you learn what Ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on the stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

I hope you get sick when someone blows smoke in your face.  I don’t care if you try beer once, but I hope you won’t like it.  And if a friend offers you a joint or any drugs, I hope you are smart enough to realize that person is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your grandpa or go fishing with your uncle.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through a neighbor’s window, and that she hugs you and kisses you when you give her a plaster of Paris mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you – tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness.