Archive for 'Values & Virtues'

“I have to help out”

“I have to help out”

“By helping others, you are a hero.”
Dale Gifford, Minister, speaking at Harding University, January 24, 2007, at his son’s memorial service.

“Heaven holds All to me.”
Marsha Gifford, in a letter after the death of her son, Micah.

Micah Stephen Gifford (1979 – 2006)

Late in 2006, two men in army uniforms (a sergeant and chaplain) rang a doorbell ...

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Courage

Courage

In The Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion are all defined by their deepest desires (a heart, a brain and courage respectively).

Did you catch the classical Greek philosophy there? In his book, The Republic, Plato (424 – 348 BC) outlined the three parts of the human soul thusly:

  • Eros: the feeling part (desiring; caring).
  • Nous: the thinking part (or logos, the reasoning part).
  • Thumos: the volitional part (willing).

Some translate the three parts as ...

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Happy Trails

Happy Trails

Leonard Franklin Slye was born on November 5, 1911. If you’re over fifty, you know him by another name. Need some clues?

baseball glove and grass1. Leonard grew up in Cincinnati where Riverfront Stadium (later Cinergy Field) was built. He once joked that he was born at second base.

2. He worked during the Great Depression as a transient fruit picker in California before forming The Rocky Mountaineers.

3. ...

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In the Shadow

In the Shadow

“The Greatest Love of All”

“Love” has so many different meanings in English; it’s easy to get confused.  To cut through the fog, let’s distinguish the greatest love of all so we can lift it above the many lesser forms of love that attract our attention.

Here is one attempt, captured in the lyrics of a hit song in 1986, titled, The Greatest Love of All:

The greatest love of all is happening to me.
I ...

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For Goodness’ Sake!

For Goodness’ Sake!

“It is better to will the good than to know the truth.”

Petrarch (1304 –1374), Italian poet, calligrapher and scholar


I came up with a new life-motto a few years ago while mentoring a young boy. Every Saturday for over two years, we got together to tour museums, hike or bike trails, visit libraries, slide down slopes, skate on ice, watch maple syrup drip from trees, or ...

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