Don’t Kick The Habit – Be Excellent!

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

~ Aristotle

 

Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), one of ancient Greece’s most revered philosophers, was from northern Greece, and probably the most famous of Plato’s students. He tutored Alexander the Great, son of Philip of Macedon who united ancient Greece. That connection allowed him the means to publish many books on different topics – that survive to this very day! He is revered among Christian and Muslim thinkers alike. Continue reading “Don’t Kick The Habit – Be Excellent!”

Hey! What’s Your Legacy?

“Use your life to create a legacy that after you’re gone, will be remembered, talked about, and of great benefit to others until the very last on this earth are no more.”

~ Nonnie Jules

Nonnie Jules is a self-published author of several books, each of which, are great reads. In addition, she is the founder and President of the international literary community Rave Reviews Book Clubwhich offers authors and readers an opportunity to share their passion for good writing and story-telling. In addition, she offers author services such as blog tours to promote authors’ books and absolutely terrific book trailers. If that wasn’t enough, Jules has a husband and two daughters to care for. I feel blessed to have Nonnie Jules as a close friend and colleague. I found this quote on her blog site “BOOKS BY NONNIE”, along with many other pearls of wisdom under “Quotes By Nonnie”. Continue reading “Hey! What’s Your Legacy?”

No Good Deeds Go Unpunished?

“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.”

~ Maya Angelou

Again, I turn to Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) for inspiration around the idea of ‘doing good’ in this life. As a modern American icon in several artistic fields and winner of many well-deserved awards, Angelou spoke to us from the perspective of a life that was not easy from the time she was a child. Because of her intellect, she was able to glean understandings about the important things in life and utilized her many talents to school us to live our lives well. Continue reading “No Good Deeds Go Unpunished?”

What Are They Saying About You?

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) served four years during the American Civil War until he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. A lawyer by training, Lincoln led the North during the bloodiest conflict in US history and in so doing, he preserved the Union, strengthened the federal government, abolished slavery and modernized the economy. He is considered by many experts to be among the three greatest US presidents! Continue reading “What Are They Saying About You?”