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Monthly Archives: November 2008

A Day of Thanks, Moments of Perspective

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” — H.U. Westermayer We often forget what constitutes true hardship. We can lose perspective and allow things as small as a traffic jam or a long line to “ruin” our […]

Encourage = In Courage

Encourage comes from the 15th-century Middle English word encoragen, which in turn came from the Anglo-French word encorager, or en- for in and curage for courage; literally, in-courage. When we encourage others, we “place” courage inside them. The Merrian-Webster Dictionary tells us that encourage means “to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope, to spur on, […]

Communicating with Integrity

Integrity in communication means honoring your words. Honoring your words means you either 1. Keep your word: keep your commitments, your promises, stick to the delivery dates of reports, the completion dates of assignments you agreed to (and not speaking up is agreeing, passive aggressive behavior is not acceptable!), or 2. Communicate clearly and effectively […]

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