Lessons Learned on the Journey

Entries in the Integrity category

A suggestion or a command?

Early in my life I learned a valuable lesson – to distinguish between a suggestion and a command. Initially I did not understand. I learned quickly when my parents disciplined me for…

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Our Lives - A Construction Site

My job on Monday night is to take out the trash which, of course, includes separating it into piles of paper, glass and plastic. When I took out the trash as a young boy trash was trash - everything…

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Overlooking an Offense

In her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin chronicles the impact of Lincoln’s kindness to his enemies even as they attacked and smeared him.…

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Trust…foolish naïveté?

I was handed a can of beer upon entering a high school party. The words of my mother echoed in my ears, "I trust you implicitly; please don't ever betray my trust." As a teenage boy…

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Slogans are not enough!!

Life is hard! This past month many of the hardest situations we face in life have reared their ugly heads in the lives of my friends - death, cancer, and betrayal. I wanted to encourage them and give…

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Truthiness - Word of the Year!

The American Dialect Society creates a word that best reflects the uniqueness of each year. TRUTHINESS is the winner for 2005 - defined as: …

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Diagnosing at the Mall

While his wife shopped at the mall, an endocrinologist sat in a coffee shop gazing at the passersby. He "diagnosed" shoppers with an intelligent guess. No history. No physical exam. No…

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Don't Tell Me the Truth!

"Why did you do that?" I immediately felt defensive and ready for "battle". At times, I would prefer to defend a wrong decision than admit to a mistake. To what extent would I go…

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Don't Tell Me the Truth!

"Why did you do that?" I immediately felt defensive and ready for "battle". At times, I would prefer to defend a wrong decision than admit to a mistake. To what extent would I go…

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Who can we trust?

"Trust no one" These words describe the counsel of James Buchanan Duke to his only child, Doris Duke. (Return to Paradise, Main Line Today, April 2004). Should we also heed this advice? …

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