Values – Is it Time for Realignment? Monday, Jun 6 2011 

You have already made choices about your values. Some you might have weighed carefully and acted upon with intentionality. They are likely things you celebrate. Others you have made without any conscious thought and you live them by default. You might not even be aware of these decisions.

How can you discover the unconscious values you’ve embraced? Look at how you spend your time and money. Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck observed, “When we love something it is of value to us, and when something is of value to us, we spend time with it, time enjoying it, and time taking care of it.”

Perhaps it is time to conduct a values audit in your life. Look at your calendar. Review your budget and compare it to your spending habits. Think about your passions. All of those things will lead you invariably to an accounting of your values. If you are living by values that run contrary to your ideals, philosophy, or theology, consider what changes you must make to align who you are, what you believe, and what you do.

-John Maxwell-  excerpt from “The Choice is Yours”

“Nice guys may appear to finish last,

but usually they are

running in a different race.”


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“There’s harmony and inner peace

to be found in following

a moral compass that points

in the same direction,

regardless of fashion or trend.”


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For where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also.





What are YOU made of? Monday, May 23 2011 

Abraham Lincoln said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

Do you have a stout heart? Are you strong like a mighty oak tree? Do your roots go deep? Are you a person of substance? When the sky gets dark and the weather gets rough, does your character stand strong like a growing tree, or does it fade away the same way a shadow does when the clouds roll in?

The choice is yours. You can spend the day hoping for the sun to shine, so that you look good. Or you cultivate your character, growing it daily inch by inch, until one day it not only provides your strength, but also stands as a symbol of stability to those around you.

-John Maxwell-  excerpt from “The Choice is Yours”

Character cannot be

Developed in ease and quiet.

Only through experience of trial

And suffering can the soul

be strengthened, vision cleared,

Ambition inspired,

And success achieved.