How big is your circus?

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. Scott Adams 1957 – Recently, my daughter introduced me to a wonderful Polish saying that many of us should take to heart. The phrase captures a wealth of wisdom in its few words: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” The essence of the phrase is simple: the situation at hand isn’t yours to manage; it’s someone else’s problem. But the truth is, a lot of us go out of our way to take on other people’s problems. So why do we get involved with …
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Never worry alone

A faithful friend is a strong defense: And he that hath found such a one hath found a treasure. Ecclesiastes 6:14 We all engage in worry at times — some of us on a daily basis. Many of the things we worry about have little chance of happening, so a lot of the time and energy we spend worrying is wasted. However, there are legitimate things about which we can and should worry. When things aren’t going well in a business, it’s foolish to take a Pollyanna attitude and just assume things will work out. Likewise, when you have personal …
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Are you building walls or bridges?

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, Before you are six or seven or eight, To hate all the people your relatives hate, You’ve got to be carefully taught! “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” From the 1949 musical South Pacific Rogers and Hammerstein I’d like you to take a minute or two to think about this question: in your everyday life, do you build more walls or bridges? If you’ve never thought in these terms, you might not understand exactly what I mean, so let me explain. At times, we build walls that separate us from others. …
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