While it’s good to be excited by the new, most of our attention needs to be paid to the familiar. Let’s not overlook the value of the commonplace things in our lives: all the objects, the events, the places, and the people who are well known to us.
It’s good for us to compensate others for the generous things they do for us, or at least to try to do so. Granted, some people shower us with such kindness that we could never repay them adequately, but it’s still a good idea to try.
The fascinating thing about stories (it’s why we like stories so much) is that the telling of a sequence of events can reveal to us (or remind us of) ideas and truths that are outside our limited world of time and space. A plot is a powerful thing!
May we commit ourselves to two important things: (1) growing toward greater health in our own character, and (2) growing toward a more healthful influence on the spouse to whom we promised ourselves, the one who’s being affected by everything we do.
It would be a coward who never considered anything but the counsels of prudence, but it would be a fool who never consulted prudence at all. Prudence should always be given a seat at the table when significant matters are being decided.
The old adage “timing is everything” may be an exaggeration, but it’s certainly true that timing is critical. So what are some ways we could profit from pursuing timeliness? What does this quality mean when it’s applied to our character and conduct?
Since our tendencies run toward agitation, the quality of calmness probably won’t be ours unless we cultivate it. There are principles we’ll have to learn, disciplines we’ll have to practice. Bit by bit, we’ll have to gain the ability to be calm.
Democracy is a bold experiment. It believes, rightly it seems to me, that more good than harm will come — in the long run — from trusting the common folks with a voice and a vote. Today, we celebrate the good that has come from that trust.
Consideration is not just a matter of emotional goodwill but of intellectual vigor and moral self-sacrifice. Wisdom must combine with sympathy. So the ideal is both wise consideration and considerate wisdom, and these are wonderful traits to learn.
Whether we’re thinking of bare physical survival or survival in some greater sense, we won’t survive if we don’t decide to. Life is tough, and the real survivors are those who’re possessed of enough stubbornness that they refuse to be defeated.