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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The two sides of success

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill 1874 – 1965 Most people I encounter have a common goal: they want more success in life. Of course, success means different things to different people, but typically, they want some combination of the following: more money, love, fame, attention, time, power, or possessions; better health; and fewer struggles. When we see someone who has achieved a certain level of success, we often attribute that success to either exceptional talent or luck, such as being born into a privileged family or having …
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