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Life Lessons

November 4, 2012

Be Bold

LAKE OCONEE — As Abraham Lincoln prepared to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, he took his pen, moved it to the signature line, paused for a moment, and then dropped the pen. When asked why, the president replied, "If my name goes into history, it will be for this act, and if my hand trembles when I sign it, there will be some who will say, 'he hesitated.'” Lincoln then turned to the table, took up the pen, and boldly signed his name.

Think about your life. Do you need to be bold? If so, then do life boldly. God can help. Wishing you much love and much light.

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  • What you do affects others

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  • Remember to give more praise

    The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was not an easy man to serve under.

    August 7, 2014

  • Are you considerate of others?

     

    British statesman and financier Cecil Rhodes was a stickler for correct dress — but apparently not at the expense of someone else's feelings.

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  • Be empathic, remember to seek it if you need it

    Jess Lair has defined empathy as  "Your pain in my heart."

    June 19, 2014

  • Think humbly, remain focused

    Oliver Cromwell, who took the British throne away from Charles I and established the Commonwealth, said to a friend, "Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged." 

    June 12, 2014

  • Remember the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

     

    In the midst of our grief, remember the second half of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, "Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.

    May 22, 2014

  • Wishing love and light even in the darkest moments

    In light of the Dermond family tragedy, let us all commit ourselves to the first half of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

    May 15, 2014

  • Show your passion

    Walter Hansenin wrote in Christianity Today that "I am spellbound by the intensity of Jesus' emotions: Not a twinge of pity, but heartbroken compassion; not a passing irritation, but terrifying anger; not a silent tear, but groans of anguish; not a weak smile, but ecstatic celebration.

    May 8, 2014

  • Learn to go with the flow

    At a ballet performance in Cape Town, South Africa, the music began and the curtain rose to reveal a workman on his knees, nailing down part of the set

    April 28, 2014

  • Memory isn’t what it used to be

    Sir Thomas Beecham, the British conductor, once saw a distinguished-looking woman in a hotel foyer.

    April 21, 2014

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