Browsing Archive: February, 2010

Hard Words Do Not Equal Understanding of Hard Things

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, In : Lessons Learned 

“ A Man Thinks That By Mouthing Hard Words, He Understands Hard Things” -  Herman Melville


Have you ever noticed how some of the harshest words seem to be uttered by very simple people? What I mean by simple is unwise, unstable, and extreme. Whether these words be stark profanity or vulgar slang or just coarse, rough language in general, more often that not, the folks speaking them are not known for their prudence or wisdom.


When I was young I used to mistake passion for being right. This c...


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Row Away From the Rocks !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, In : Spiritual 

“ Call on God but row away from the rocks “ -  Hunter S. Thompson

 

I simply love this quote. So simple yet hits the target. As a Christian I sometimes get worn out by the over spiritualizing that is done in every day life.

What I mean by that is that there is just so much of life that is common sense that we do not need to pray about. For example, I don’t need to pray about whether or not I want to have creamy or crunchy peanut butter on a sandwich …I really don’t. I simply like ...


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Does the Eye Want to See It?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, February 18, 2010, In : Lessons Learned 

“ If the eye does not want to see, neither light nor glasses will help” – German proverb


   Let’s just be honest; the above quote packs a mighty powerful punch. Lots of wisdom and truth in this German saying. Although it specifically talks about the eye, it is really dealing with the broader issue of every man’s heart and spirit. The crux of the issue is that until someone really desires to change something about themselves or in their own life, progress or change rarely happens.


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Thunder and Lightning

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, In : Lessons Learned 

“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand” – Apache

 

  There exists many wise sayings by native Americans and this is certainly one of them.  We have similar clichés that we are more familiar with but basically mean the same thing- “Actions speak louder than words”, and “Practice what you preach” and “Walk the talk” to name just a few. Somehow though, I prefer the Apache quote over the rest.


Perhaps it is because the phrase “thunder ...


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A Friend Who Nods and A Friend Who Stands

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, February 12, 2010, In : Lessons Learned 

" I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better” – Plutarch

 Friendship is a great but tricky thing. It is often sought after but perhaps not enjoyed by a lot of folks. How many pairs of people have you known who were once great friends but no longer are?  Scores of folks find themselves in this category, myse...


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Choose to Be Extraordinary...It will Fill You With Joy !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, In : Current Topics 

“It’s odd that you can become so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don’t quite fully share the hell of someone close to you” – Lady Bird Johnson

This quote by one of our former first ladies arrested me as I read it probably because of its unquestionable truth. Perhaps it caught my attention because this week in particular in northern Virgi...


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KEEP IT CONCISE !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, In : Lessons Learned 

Quote –  “ If you would be pungent, be brief ; for it is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. “   -  Robert Southey


 
Today is the day that I return to writing my blog that was actually first presented to me as a Mother’s Day gift last May by my son Matty. I began writing right away which produced roughly sixty blog entries from Last May through the early part of last November. I consider those six months to be my trial run , a time period in...


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