Planning ahead

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. Tom Landry 1924 – 2000 Each morning, I read certain comic strips in the newspaper. I read the comics for two reasons: they provide a bit of humor in an otherwise stressful world, and they often contain a kernel of truth. I don’t normally read Garfield, but my daughter pointed out an installment that contained a valuable lesson. (If you aren’t familiar with the comic, its main character is a cat named Garfield–a stereotypical “fat cat”, lazy …
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New Year’s Resolutions

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 Once again, it’s the time of the year when people make New Year’s resolutions, typically promising to eat better, shed weight, reduce debt or generally improve their lives. I’ve often suggested that this practice is counter-productive. Since most people who make resolutions end up making the same ones year after year, this cycle of making and breaking resolutions undermines their ability to keep promises to themselves. In the past, I’ve given specific tips on making …
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Giving and getting

For it is in giving that we receive. St. Francis of Assisi c. 1181 -1226 When I was a young child, I wasn’t particularly fond of returning to school after the holidays — though not for the reason you might think. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like school as the fact that all my friends asked the same question: “What did you get for Christmas?” I’d have to recite the items I got and then ask them what they’d received. And naturally, each of us made a mental note of who got more. We judged ourselves on how …
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