Virtue of the Week: Gentleness

GENTLENESS By Richard L. Dunagin At their school carnival, our kids won four free goldfish (lucky us!), so out I went Saturday morning to find an aquarium. The first few I priced ranged from $40 to $70. Then I spotted it–right in the aisle: a discarded 10-gallon display tank, complete with gravel and filter–for a […]

Virtue of the Week: Friendliness

Virtue is the common thread that binds the tapestry of humanity. The easiest way to be friendly to others (especially those who you do not care for) is to see your own self in them. The secret is to look for and recognize the things that you have in common with others. Most of those […]

Virtue of the Week: Sincerity

In a small college town a tavern frequented by students ran the following ad in the campus paper during the days before Parents Weekend: “Bring Your Parents for Lunch Saturday. We’ll Pretend We Don’t Know You!” The ad was soon challenged by the college chaplain, who posted a revised version on the campus bulletin board. […]

Virtue of the Week: Enterprise

The Farmer and His Sons A farmer, being at death’s door, and desiring to impart to his sons a secret of much moment, called them round him and said, “My sons, I am shortly about to die. I would have you know, therefore, that in my vineyard there lies a hidden treasure. Dig, and you […]

Virtue of the Week: Councel

The lyrics to Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreenby Mary Schmich Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will […]

Our Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fear by Nelson Mandela “…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? […]

Virtue of the Week: Enthusiasm

Zig Ziglar tells a great story about enthusiasm. There were some employees of a major railroad company standing around the tracks. A large limousine pulls up to the workers and out steps a well-dressed man, the president of the railroad company. The president walks up to one of the workers and says, “Hello Bob, how […]

Pain’s Purpose

Some people say that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. I like to add a couple more to that list, mental and physical pain. Physical and mental pain are inevitable parts of our human experience. Have you ever heard someone say “Life dealt me a crappy hand”, like mental and physical […]

The Stream

This story is based on a tale called “Keeper of the Stream” by Jerrell Jobe There was once a town high in the Alps that straddled the banks of a beautiful stream. The stream was fed by springs that were old as the earth and deep as the sea. The water was clear like crystal. […]

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