Run The Distance

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“Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” 
Aristotle

 Run The Distance

A relay relies on a team to run the race.  A time will come to hand the baton to another; our work complete, we will watch as the runner diminishes into a far horizon.  Far from being sorrowful, we should be elated.  We have run our distance.

The ancients left a legacy that remained vibrant and strong throughout the centuries.  Socrates once said, “I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.” He was a citizen of history, as are all who walk this earth.  Whether we are remembered one hundred years from now is of no consequence.  What we do today, in the time and space that has been given is what counts. Our legacy will be held in the hearts of those who love us, in the stories that will be shared when they recall our memory.  As the Stoic philosopher Epictetus once wrote, “Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” 

Run the distance.  Enjoy the moment, for this is our time.  As Plato said, “Love is the pursuit of the whole.” 

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” 
 Winston Churchill

 

I was listening, but…

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Listening

“Just because I didn’t do what you told me, doesn’t mean I wasn’t listening to you!”

Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist who created Dennis the Menace

We think that when people listen, they agree. When someone nods in understanding, we assume it means consensus.  We may prefer harmony in our dialogues for it brings a sensation of well-being, but disagreements are the genesis of transformations.

Listening doesn’t mean you agree.

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Aristotle

The Mark of an Education

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“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

 Aristotle

Just a question – has anyone figured out how to do this?

A Week for Friendships…

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I captured the essence of Venezia (Venice) in one photo, which I have entitled, Conversation with a Friend.  As we begin a new week, my thoughts turn to friends who have inspired, challenged and encouraged me…

This coming week is dedicated to friendships…

“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

Aristotle