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Check Your Attitude!

Temperance: tem-per-uh ns/noun the act of self-control with your actions and your words  “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The...

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Parenting By Example

Temperancetem-per-uh ns/noun the act of self-control with your actions and your words  “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John Maxwell For the Parent::Battle Cry What makes a good parent? As I sit here writing this post in the shadow of Father’s Day yesterday, it’s surprisingly hard to answer. Nobody else and nothing else in your son’s life will have the same degree of impact as you, his Mom or Dad. From birth, he has been studying you. Copying your mannerisms. Mimicking your attitudes. Our kids’ greatest strengths and flaws flow directly from us. If this is the case, don’t we owe it to our sons to lead by example? Of...

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Choosing Your Path

Temperance tem-per-uh ns/noun the act of self-control with your actions and your words “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”  - Excerpt from “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost For the Parent::Battle Cry Have you ever noticed that inaction still has consequences? When we are faced with choices in life and we take the path of least resistance, we are still responsible for the result. Humans have the capacity for both the loftiest good and the most horrific evil. Unfortunately, when we put ourselves on autopilot, we have a tendency to take the wide road; it’s easy, but full of selfishness, jealousy, anger, greed and...

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The Sheepdog

Valor /val-er/noun heroic courage when facing tough decisions  “Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures. Then there are the wolves, and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy. Then there are sheepdogs. And I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf” – Lt. Col. Dave Grossman For the Parent::Battle Cry Sometimes simple metaphors are the most powerful. Imagine for a moment that the entire human race can be divided into three distinct groups. The first and largest group is the sheep, also known as the flock. The flock tends to go through life on autopilot, only thinking of their immediate needs. They’re decent people, they play...

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Valor and Uncertainty

Valor /val-er/noun heroic courage when facing tough decisions  “Fortune favors the bold” – Ancient Roman Proverb For the Parent::Battle Cry I was having one of those weeks. You know the ones; those weeks full of late nights, rapidly approaching deadlines and probably far too much caffeine. One of those weeks where nothing goes according to plan and you lie awake at night wondering how you are ever going to accomplish everything that needs to be done. A quiet uncertainty began to grow inside my mind. As much as we like to pretend that we are in complete control of our lives, it simply isn’t true. We cannot change uncertainty into certainty by sheer force of will. I either had to...

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