Jan 4, 2019 5:01:00 AM
Nov 23, 2018 5:01:00 AM
“There is no joy in possession without sharing.” – Erasmus
There’s so much work to be done.
We’re fortunate to live in a time with so much freedom and prosperity. Medical science has developed surgical techniques and drugs that can cure injuries and diseases that meant certain death just a generation ago. Most of us can access information on any topic at any time from almost anywhere. Technology has developed to the point where the “6 degrees of separation” has been reduced to only 4.
Nov 2, 2018 5:01:00 AM
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The flight was packed. The already small seats felt even smaller. The overhead bins were jammed to maximum capacity. But we pulled away from the jetway on time.
Then came the announcement. Due to weather, all flights have been delayed at least 45 minutes. The pilot was going to move the plane close to the runway, so we could take off as soon as a slot opened up. An hour later, we left Logan Airport.
Air traffic control wasn’t overreacting about the weather. It was one of the bumpiest flights in years.
Aug 3, 2018 5:01:00 AM
“In overcoming prejudice, working together is even more effective than talking together.” - Ralph W. Sockman
One of my favorite days each year is the “Habitat for Humanity build” at the National Postal Forum (NPF). Most of the volunteers have travelled many miles to attend the NPF. Instead of enjoying the host city’s amenities, they give up their Saturday to help build a home for a complete stranger.
The team exemplifies the word “diversity”. The 20 or so volunteers are usually from 10 – 15 different states. Some folks are senior executives at the United States Postal Service, while others are front-line employees of small companies. There are expert craftsmen, along with people who are using a power tool for the first time. There are also differences in age, gender, race, sexual orientation and nation of origin.
For the eight hours we’re together, those differences fade in the background. The focus is to come together and achieve our goal – help a family in need. We finish the day tired, sweaty and deeply fulfilled.
Jun 29, 2018 5:01:00 AM
"I bring you the gift of these four words: 'I believe in you.' " - Blaise Pascal
If we work hard, and are a little lucky, we’ll probably reach our goals. The path may not always be clear, with curves and clouds obstructing our view of our intended destination. We may make a detour, but we continue forward. The journey can be difficult, and take longer than anticipated, but success is ours.
However, true success is about more than what we do for ourselves. We also need to consider what we do for others. Who have we helped today?
Jun 22, 2018 5:01:00 AM
"I am still learning.” – Michelangelo
It wasn’t something I planned, becoming the owner of 3 different canes. There was no intentional collecting – one’s an heirloom, one’s an essential aid, and the other was a gift. My current situation brought them together, and each one brought its own little lesson.
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