Monday, March 27, 2017

Is your aggression productive?

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
For the loser “aggression” means tearing the guts out of a person.
For the winner “aggression” means tearing the guts out of a problem.

Be ready to let it all go.

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
March 27
Harriet Beecher Stowe one winter evening toward the end of the war asked if the president did not feel a great relief over the prospect of the war soon coming to a close. And Lincoln had answered, she said, in a sad way: 'No Mrs. Stowe. I shall never live to see peace. This war is killing me.'
'Let children walk with Nature. Let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity as taught in woods and meadows and plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed and as beautiful as life.'
- John Muir

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Can you withstand the assault of a raised eyebrow?

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I … I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.’
- Robert Frost

Stars can't shine without darkness.

Stars can't shine without darkness.
From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
March 26
At one point during the war Lincoln was forced by his cabinet to confront the realization that many people who were thought to be Unionists were actually spies providing key information to the Confederacy. After presenting the evidence, Secretary of War Stanton asked for direction. Lincoln, who had been silent and visibly disturbed, expressed his feelings with a story about the dilemma of an old farmer who had a very large shade tree towering over his house. 'It was a majestic-looking tree and apparently perfect in every part – tall, straight and of immense size - the grand old sentinel of his forest home. One morning while at work in his garden he saw a squirrel run up the tree into a hole and thought the tree might be hollow. He proceeded to examine it carefully and - much to his surprise - he found that the stately tree that he had valued for its beauty and grandeur to be the pride and protection of his little farm was hollow from top to bottom. Only a rim of sound wood remained barely sufficient to support its weight. What was he to do? If he cut it down it would do immense damage with its great length and spreading branches. If he let it remain his family was in constant danger; in a storm it might fall or the wind might blow it down and his house and children be crushed by it. What should he do? As he turned away he said sadly, “I wish I had never seen that squirrel.”’
- Abraham Lincoln

'The great thing in this world is not so much where we are but in what direction we are moving.'
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
The loser resents the fact that his friends are not there for him when he needs them.
The winner is there for his friends when they need him.

What will your kids watching you under pressure learn about handling pressure?

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
March 25
In the run-up to Lincoln's inauguration in 1861 the country was in a state of apoplexy. At one of his stops along his route to Washington from Illinois Lincoln said, 'why all this excitement - why all these complaints? As I said before, this crisis is all artificial. It has no foundation in facts. It was not argued up as the saying is and cannot therefore be argued down. Let it alone and it will go down of itself.'

'I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.'

- Patrick Henry

Friday, March 24, 2017