In a world that seems to dump challenge after challenge on our shoulders, it’s important to understand the difference between Hope and Faith. Hope articulates the wish that things will get better. Faith is the belief that carefully considered action can lead to productive outcomes.
There are thousands of good ideas that emerge from creative minds every day. What makes them great is a combination of talent, timing, perseverance and luck. That last element may seem to be the toss of a coin, but as Louis Pasteur wrote, “Chance favors the prepared mind”. If you have the courage to believe, you may not achieve exactly what you first picture in your mind. But with persistence, you will find the right road and the right people to help you mold the initial hunk of clay into something valuable.
Sharing an orbit with a child with Down syndrome has more than its share of magic moments, those instances where the clouds part and what’s really important reveals itself. When they happen, you can’t help but stop and think about how lucky you are to have her in your life. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I take my granddaughter to therapy…
A clear definition of where you want to go, pursuit of the tools and education that can help you see the pathway, creating an environment without distractions, and a relentless determination to apply the habits of achievement will create an environment where just about any dream can come true.
Yes, there is validity to old chestnuts like, “where there is smoke, there is fire.” Patterns of behavior especially in times of adversity reveal character. But too often, we take what others say at face value, without question and judge accordingly.
The Ultimate Success Metric may not be what we think it is. Each of us keeps a personal scorecard, with which we judge ourselves and those around us. We measure everything from financial wealth to educational attainment, from athletic achievement to career progression. If I had to pick just one metric to define a life well lived, it would be…
“Becoming is a lifelong quest,” the leader said. “We are imperfect beings but the wisdom that is revealed in the very act of service can guide us toward life’s sunset, with great power in our hands and peace in our hearts. This is The Ultimate Truth.”
Our planet is populated with both bad and good people. Our job is to do what we can to bring those in darkness into the light. Ben Ferencz shows us that taking whatever action we can to alleviate suffering is the most powerful way to stay positive in a negative world.