The purpose of Mr. Dickie's Blog is to provide a place where I can post quotations I like and write about things that are on my mind. As of the summer of 2011 I have NetworkedBlogs posting a link to this blog to Facebook.
If you noticed someone in error then correct this person and his mistake in a humble way. If he does not listen to you, blame yourself only; or, even better, do not blame anybody, but continue to be humble.
(Marcus Aurelius, in A Calendar of Wisdom, by Leo Tolstoy, 30 March)
Principles are universal - that is, they transcend culture and geography. They're also timeless, they never change - principles such as fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service, contribution. Different cultures may translate these principles into different practices and over time may even totally obscure these principles through the wrongful use of freedom. Nevertheless, they are present. Like the law of gravity, they operate constantly.
Remember, any time your emotional life is a function of someone else's weaknesses, you disempower yourself and empower those weaknesses to continue to mess [up] your life ... Again, yesterday holds tomorrow hostage.
(Stephen R. Covey, The 8th Habit, p. 44)
30 March 2016
Vision is the best manifestation of creative imagination and the primary motivation of human action. It's the ability to see beyond our present reality, to create, to invent what does not yet exist, to become what we are not yet ... It gives us capacity to live out of our imagination instead of our memory.
(Stephen R. Covey, First Things First, p. 103-4)
29 March 2016
We have the obligation to pass on the environment to the next generation. We are only brief sojourners on this planet and must consider what happens after we are gone.
(Father Thomas Keating, Invitation to Love, p. 125)
28 March 2016
I have been retired from the U.S. government for many years. I was a long time paying member of AOL until May 2009. Until October 2008 I had a fairly extensive genealogy website on AOL. They dropped support.
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