Keeping things in perspective

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616 In his book, Influence: Science and Practice, Robert Cialdini tells a story about a young girl away at college. She writes a letter to her parents, first apologizing for not having written sooner. She then goes on to say that the skull fracture and concussion she got when she jumped from her dorm window to escape the fire is healing nicely. Fortunately, a service station attendant witnessed her jump, rescued her and took her to the hospital. Since she had no place to stay, …
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The Generation Conflict

If youth but knew, if old age could. Henri Estienne c. 1531 – 1598 A few years ago, there was a Curtis comic that spoke directly about generational conflicts. In case you aren’t familiar with the strip, it’s about a middle income black family. The strip is named for Curtis, the older of the two boys. This particular episode starts with Curtis talking to his dad. “To my generation, technology is second nature, while yours fumbles through it. Makes you kinda jealous, eh?” If you’ve ever tried to figure out how to program a DVR or take advantage of the …
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Keeping perspective

Perspective gives us the ability to accurately contrast the large with the small, and the important with the less important. Without it we are lost in a world where all ideas, news, and information look the same. We cannot differentiate, we cannot prioritize, and we cannot make good choices. John Sununu 1964 – As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed how some things that were once important to me just don’t seem that earth shaking any more. I try to keep things in perspective – to focus on what’s truly significant – and let the trivial things go. For instance, it no …
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