Choices

We always have a choice about the content and character of our inner lives. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. I enjoy reading the comic strips in the newspaper. Frequently, they offer a bit of humor — a pleasant diversion in our troubling world. And sometimes they offer great insight into life and how to live it. (I consider either one a win.) A few years ago, a Hagar the Horrible strip contained a good lesson in life. In case you aren’t familiar with the strip, Hagar is a Viking whose livelihood involves raiding and plundering richer civilizations. On this particular …
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Faking it

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. Charles Darwin 1809 – 1882 A couple of years ago, my daughter was contacted by an association that had been using her services on a freelance basis for over a decade. They had decided that they wanted to completely redesign their web identity and wanted to know if she could design and code a new email template and a custom WordPress site for them. My daughter had …
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Plan M

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. George S. Patton 1885 – 1945 A few years ago, there was a feel-good show called Leverage, in which former criminals used their unique skills to help people in need. In the pilot episode, things start going wrong on a job and the leader, Nathan Ford, changes the plan. One of the crew asks if they’re going to Plan B. He replies, “Technically, that would be Plan G.” Which prompts another question: “How many plans do we have? Is there, like, a Plan M?” I’ve written before about the importance of having a …
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