Learning from Koko

We can believe what we choose. We are responsible for what we choose to believe. Cardinal John Newman 1801 – 1890 Are you good at deflecting blame? Do you act like Koko? Koko is a very famous gorilla. Her most notable claim to fame is the fact that she has mastered over 1,000 words in American Sign Language: in other words, she has the ability to communicate with humans using sign language. One day she accidentally broke one of her toys. The incident was captured on videotape, so there was no question what had occurred. The next day, when her …
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What’s your back up plan?

If anything can go wrong, it will. Murphy’s Law I was working with a businessman some time ago as he prepared a six-month plan for his company. We went over it and it looked good. Then I asked him this question: “What’s your back-up plan?” His reply was, “What do you mean?” I reminded him about Murphy and his law: that if something can possibly go wrong, it will. I also noted that many people see Murphy as an optimist; they believe things will not only go wrong but will do so at the worst possible time and in the worst …
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Someone to like you

Trying to control or change what we can’t only results in torment. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Not long ago, there was a Peanuts cartoon featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy that stood out for me. If you aren’t familiar with Peanuts, the characters are young children, maybe five or six years old, and the story lines, though funny or entertaining, can touch on real-life issues. Lucy is a strong-willed, self-assured girl, while Charlie Brown is the kid that never gets anything right; no matter what he does, somehow it turns out wrong. On this occasion, Charlie Brown was lamenting the fact that …
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