Monday, 29 November 2010

Friday, 26 November 2010


Leadership is getting someone to do something
that they wouldn't have done
until you encouraged them to do it.
- Jeff Rebraca

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


Wisdom is the reward you get
for a lifetime of listening
when you’d have preferred to talk.
- unknown

Monday, 22 November 2010


Deep within humans dwell
those slumbering powers;
powers that would astonish them,
that they never dreamed of possessing;
forces that would revolutionize their lives
if aroused and put into action.
– Orison Marden

Friday, 19 November 2010

November 19, 2010 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Do you realize how fortunate we are to live in this country and province? Do you really??

In the October, 2010 United Church Observer Magazine, editor David Wilson’s column began by mentioning some of the troubles facing the United States right now. Then David was asked, by an American relative, what the “big controversy” was in Canada right now. In David’s words: “I thought for a moment and replied, a little sheepishly, ‘The census form.’”

Many of us just attended Remembrance Day services the week previous. Some countries have had their land and buildings totally ravaged by the effects of war - past and present. As well, natural disasters are destroying homes and lives around the globe. Some countries are still struggling economically, and probably will for a long time to come.

We here in Canada really have nothing to complain about at all - not even about the weather!


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Wednesday, 17 November 2010


My body has certainly wandered a good deal,
but I have an uneasy suspicion
that my mind has not wandered enough.
– Noel Coward

Monday, 15 November 2010


If you are going to be with yourself
just the way you are in this moment,
will you be happy?
Can you live with yourself throughout eternity
just the way you are?
- Michael Bernard Beckwith

Friday, 12 November 2010


A prudent man will think
more important to him
what fate has conceded him,
than what it has denied.
– Baltasar Gracian

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


For everything you have missed,
you have gained something else.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, 8 November 2010


Do you want to change the world?
I do not think it can be done.
The world is perfect and cannot be changed.
– Lao-tzu

Friday, 5 November 2010

November 5, 2010 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

I recently read "Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us” by Daniel Pink.

Usually when we think about motivating someone we think of rewards or punishments. According to the research that Pink quotes in the book that only works for very routine tasks (i.e. stuffing envelopes) and for a very short time period. Plus the drawback is that if you expect someone to do the same task at another time, you need to up the ante on the reward (or punishment).

People will allow themselves to be motivated if the task you want them to do has meaning to them, and has a creative and/or beneficial aspect which makes the person participate in the greater good of the world.

That said, the reality is that no one can be motivated. No matter how perfectly the project or task is in terms of helping the greater good, people won’t participate unless they want to. Bottom have to want to participate, no one can motivate you to.


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Wednesday, 3 November 2010


If you don’t like what is happening in your life,
change your mind
– Dalai Lama

Monday, 1 November 2010


Adapt yourself to the things
among which your lot has been cast,
and love sincerely the fellow creatures
with whom destiny has ordained
that you shall live.
– Marcus Aurelius