Are you thinking or reacting?

We are very influenced by completely automatic things that we have no control over, and we don’t know we’re doing it. Daniel Kahneman 1934 – A week or two ago, I was thinking about a fad that went around when I was in high school. A classmate would be out of your field of vision – either to the side or behind you – and call your name. As you turned toward them, they would toss a book, ball, or some other small object toward you and yell “Think fast.” If you were quick and agile, you caught it. Otherwise, …
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Resolutions

I fear that many a man’s good resolutions only need the ordinary fire of daily life to make them melt away. Charles Spurgeon 1834 – 1892 Once again, it’s the time of year when a large percentage of people make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, only a small percent of resolutions are actually kept. In my opinion, it’s better not to make resolutions if you belong to the ranks of those who simply can’t keep them. It’s too easy to develop a mindset of failure. If we consistently make and then break resolutions, we learn and accept that we don’t keep …
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Wishes, hopes, and prayers

Do not let your deeds belie your words, lest when you speak in church someone may say to himself, “Why do you not practice what you preach?” St. Jerome c. 342 – 420 I once knew a woman in a church service organization. The meetings for this group were held at the church, and at the end of each gathering, members would express their special needs and ask others to remember those intentions in their prayers. There was one woman who always ended her intention request by asking everyone to pray for world peace. Now, that’s a very noble intention. …
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