Personal Growth

Personal Growth


“The Sting of Transience”

transience May 15th, 2017

Here is a poem about love and loneliness, culminating with the stanza:

As I take another hard swallow of liquor,
And stare stoically into the distance,
I am reminded of the times I shared with her,
Still reeling from shock of transience.

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“Watching TV, Nobody Ever Grows”

watching TV, nobody ever grows May 15th, 2017

This is a poem I wrote after achieving a long period of stability and well-being and contentment. I questioned the worthiness of such a life.

Balance is a worthy path to take;
Pursuing the highs and accepting the lows.
Time is too valuable a thing to waste,
For watching TV, nobody ever grows.

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Wisdom: We Need a Revolution (V&E-2)

knowledge and wisdom May 8th, 2017

With all the problems in the world, most astute observers would agree: we need a revolution in wisdom – and quick! Wisdom can create a sea-change in our attitudes, values, daily activities, overall goals, and indeed the entire trajectory of our homes, communities, institutions, nation, and world. Knowledge and wisdom are fairly complex concepts; the advantage Values of the Wise offers you is that it is explored from many different angles and through the eyes of many unique thinkers, past and present. In this blog, Jason Merchey interviews two experts on knowledge and wisdom: Copthorne Macdonald and Nicholas Maxwell, Ph.D.

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Quotations About Genius, Creativity, and Hard Work

quotations about genius are presented herein April 24th, 2017

As a follow-up to this post about Einstein, this blog will explore the nature of the brightest bulbs history has known – and there will be a number of quotations about genius, creativity, and hard work in the end. Questions that have intrigued humans for millennia include: What is the nature of genius? Is it just about I.Q.? How important is hard work? Can anyone be creative? Are the brains of very intelligent and insightful people different than those possessed by the rest of us? Let’s explore!

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Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom

Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom April 20th, 2017

It seems like daily we are inundated by superficial social media, “fake news,” political demagogues, intolerant youth, and oppressive societal institutions. How can one find concentrate on what is real, wholesome, and reliable? Can we reach back into the past and access classical wisdom, traditional values, and a greater sense of fulfillment, meaning, and optimism? Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (2017; Palmetto Publishing Group; $17.95 softcover) aims to address big-picture topics such as values, virtues, ethics, and wisdom. The following is a pitch for the book, including endorsements, reviews, an excerpt, description, and author bio.

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“Symbols”

symbols April 15th, 2017

A poem about self-knowledge and personal growth:

My life is a map; proud ink on olde leather
Relief depicts the saga of my life:
Love is represented by the mountain
The river symbolizes pain…

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“Between a Rock and a Hard Place”

between a rock and a hard place April 5th, 2017

This is poem is based loosely on the quote from the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” It describes the nature of my emotional state in about 1999 when things were tougher for me.

A breath of fresh air is afforded by knowledge,
By experiencing life and classes at college.
Seize the day or don’t bother trying;
“Get busy living or get busy dying.”

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The Glory and Beauty of Magnanimity

angels April 2nd, 2017

Albert Einstein said: “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” That is a wonderful quote about wisdom – well, magnanimity to be exact. Magnanimity is from the Latin magnus and animus, meaning “great spirit.” It’s a wonderful value that gets at high-mindedness, points to real class, and denotes a generosity of the heart. Compassion, empathy, and love undergird this phenomenon. Other similar and related virtues similar are grace, nobility, honor, chivalry, greatness, and magnificence. There are few values that reach as high and deserve as much respect as magnanimity, altruism, and kindness.

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Strength Quotes from A Diverse Group of People

strength quotes can help! April 1st, 2017

Strength quotes are one of the best ways to keep on keepin’ on, to push forward, to keep at it, and to overcome obstacles. Many great minds and historical characters of note faced insurmountable odds. Think of what Epictetus, Frederick Douglas, Fannie Lou Hamer, Nelson Mandela, and Bernie Sanders had to endure, and yet, they found the strength to keep going and continue trying; they persevered. Perseverance, dedication, stick-to-itiveness, will power, determination, stamina, and fortitude are allied values to this. Strength and courage combine to make a “ValueSet,” meaning, two values that are closely aligned in the values of the wise scheme.

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Creativity Quotes Can Inspire Action

creativity quotes to inspire and enlighten March 26th, 2017

Creativity quotes – profound and witty words of wisdom on this very human value – have the power to inspire one to take action, make something new, strike out in a new direction, think originally, and just “be oneself.” Whether you make art, write, sing, dance, play an instrument, are an engineer, or just generally have to come up with new angles and fresh ideas, quotations about creativity can be inspirational. “The Muse,” as they used to call the urge to create, can be encouraged and elicited by reading what some of humanity’s greatest creators and thought leaders had to say on the subject. True, Picasso, Thomas Edison, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Anne Frank, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ayn Rand, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas More are long-dead, their words are extremely valuable in providing insight into how they thought, what their process was, and what inspired them.

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