Parenting (September 30)

Parenting (September 30)

The parent-child relationship is one of life’s primary learning laboratories. It has important things to teach us about the rights and wrongs of human relationships: what the good life is and isn’t. It’s worth giving our very best effort to it.

Gallantry (September 29)

Gallantry (September 29)

For every hundred human beings who would be gallant on the battlefield or in the midst of some other physical crisis, there are far fewer who would show courage and nobility of spirit where it counts the most: in matters of the heart.

Continuity (September 28)

Continuity (September 28)

Virtuous character, which is the only kind we ought to be interested in having, requires that we do some things . . . and do them again the next day . . . and keep on doing them every day as long as we live. Continuity is what makes us count-on-able.

Rejoicing (September 27)

Rejoicing (September 27)

Whatever heartaches we may have, our heartaches are hardly ever the whole story, and if our priorities are what they ought to be, then it will be no exaggeration to say that “our cup runs over.” Today, let’s not miss the joy of rejoicing.

Ethicalness (September 26)

Ethicalness (September 26)

If you’d like to give your loved ones a remarkable gift, begin living in such a way that every member of your family can count on you to do the honorable thing, no matter what. You will be amazed how much your family will appreciate that gift.

Longevity (September 25)

Longevity (September 25)

If we’re serious about increasing our lifespan, we need to start granting more honor to old age. Youth was only meant to be the beginning of life, and we shouldn’t try to hang on to it. Old age is a good thing. It’s what a long life is all about.

Birth (September 24)

Birth (September 24)

All of us, even the most disadvantaged at birth, have been endowed with wonderful gifts. The good life means taking our birth-package of traits and circumstances and turning those raw materials into a worthwhile product.

Influence (September 23)

Influence (September 23)

Whatever we’d like to influence others to be, that’s what we ourselves need to be. Talk is pretty cheap, actually. Anybody can say what others ought to do. But if we want to have real impact, we’re going to have to walk our talk.

Patience (September 22)

Patience (September 22)

With patience, we enrich the lives of our families and our friends; without it we diminish their opportunity to grow. With patience, we find ourselves moving forward and becoming more alive; without it, we shrivel up and shrink.

Harvests (September 21)

Harvests (September 21)

Work itself is not a curse, and honest labor is not to be avoided. It’s simply in our nature that we want to do good work while the weather is warm, and then, as the year turns toward fall, we want the happiness of a harvest.

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