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COMMENTARY 907.1: There Are Two Kinds of People

by Michael Josephson on November 28, 2014

in Choices, Relationships

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who think those who think there are two kinds of people in the world are self-righteous jerks.

A listener called me to task concerning a story about a man who told his son there are two kinds of people: those who return their shopping carts and those who don’t.

His first point was that it’s dangerous and foolish to [click to continue…]

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November 27, 2014 Quotes, Observations

I asked for strength and I got wind and rain to make me STRONG. I asked for calm seas and I got storms to give me CONFIDENCE. I asked for security and I got fears to face to give me COURAGE. I asked to be taken care of and I got challenges to make me […]

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QUOTATION & POSTER: There is always, always something to be thankful for. Enrich your life and the lives of others by experiencing and expressing GRATITUDE.

November 27, 2014 Quotes, Observations
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COMMENTARY 907.5: Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude

November 27, 2014 Caring, Compassion

For some, Thanksgiving is the beginning of a holiday season filled with joy and happiness at the prospect of spending time with family. For others, it’s a sadder time blemished by bad memories or dread. Some people see their lives filled with abundant blessings and find thankfulness easy and natural; others are so pre-occupied with […]

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BONUS COMMENTARY: Michael Josephson’s Best Original Quotes on Gratitude

November 26, 2014 Gratitude

As a pre-Thanksgiving bonus, we’ve collected Michael Josephson’s best original quotes on gratitude. We hope you will share your favorites. 1)       Gratitude is a feeling not statement. It is so easy to say we are grateful that I often don’t stop to really, really take the time to experience gratitude. Saying the words doesn’t mean […]

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Norman Rockwell Images on Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 Gratitude
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THE SOUL OF THANKSGIVING: Best Quotes on Gratitude

November 26, 2014 Commentaries

The Soul of Thanksgiving: 72 Quotes on Gratitude If you want to be on speaking terms with happiness, learn the language of gratitude. – Unknown Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a […]

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QUOTATION & POSTER: Enjoy and be grateful for the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.

November 26, 2014 Worth Seeing
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THE HEART OF THANKSGIVING: Words & Images on Gratitude

November 26, 2014 Commentaries

22 Thanksgiving Images and Quotes on Gratitude. Spread the feeling. Feel free to copy, paste and print posters for your personal use.    

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QUOTE & POSTER: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

November 26, 2014 Quotes, Observations

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – […]

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Vintage Images of Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 Quotes, Observations
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COMMENTARY 907.4: Thanking Your Parents on Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 Caring, Compassion

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I hope you will think about your parents with your most gentle and generous thoughts and be thankful. Even if you didn’t have ideal parents or a perfect home life, if either or both of your parents are still with you, make an effort to experience and express genuine gratitude. It’s natural […]

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Prepare for Thanksgiving — the Feeling, Not the Holiday

November 25, 2014 Gratitude

Here is a selection of a few videos that convey on a deeper level than words the range of feelings – pride, patriotism, fear, boredom, pain and grief – associated with military service. See http://goo.gl/3gux7d

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QUOTE & POSTER: Gratitude is not a statement, it’s a feeling.

November 25, 2014 Gratitude

It is so easy to say I am grateful that I often don’t stop to really, really experience gratitude. Saying the words doesn’t mean a thing without the feeling and it takes a moment of genuine reflection to summon that feeling. This Thanksgiving, don’t shortchange yourself with hollow words — EXPERIENCE THE FEELING.

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QUOTE & POSTER: At home, be grateful. At work, be appreciative. Gratitude is a gift we give ourselves. Appreciation is a gift to others. – Michael Josephson

November 25, 2014 Gratitude

APPRECIATION & GRATITUDE

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COMMENTARY 907.3: Surviving Critical Relatives at Family Gatherings

November 25, 2014 Commentaries

I realize that not everyone lives in a Norman Rockwell world where family gatherings are sources of warmth and good memories. For some, the prospect of holiday get-togethers generates dread and anxiety; they are something to endure, not enjoy. One reason is that family members can be tactless and downright cruel when expressing their opinions […]

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COMMENTARY 907.2: Converting Pessimists Into Optimists

November 24, 2014 Choices

Every full life has its bright days and its dark days, its triumphs and defeats, its calm and stormy seas. All these high and low experiences could justify viewing the past through the lens of gratitude or disappointment. And the way we characterize our history will determine whether we look toward our future with hopeful […]

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COMMENTARY 907.1: Trust Involves Character and Competence

November 21, 2014 Commentaries

Today, I want to talk about the qualities that generate trust. I’m talking about being trustworthy, not trusting others. There’s a relationship between the two concepts, but a decision to trust another is a choice, not a moral obligation. Being trustworthy, however, is an indispensable aspect of good character. Thus, we should always act so […]

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Quote & Poster: When is the last time you did something for the first time?

November 21, 2014 Quotes, Observations
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COMMENTARY 906.5: Character Is an Essential Part of Competence

November 20, 2014 Commentaries

If you were hiring a new CEO, what are the most important qualities you’d look for? Surely you’d want a high level of demonstrated competence – knowledge, experience, intelligence, vision, communication, and relationship skills and the ability to motivate, manage, and solve problems. But what about qualities such as honesty, moral courage, accountability, and fairness? […]

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QUOTE & POSTER: Enjoy and be grateful for the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things. – Antonio Smith (paraphrase)

November 19, 2014 Quotes, Observations
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COMMENTARY 906.4: Live Backwards

November 19, 2014 Choices

Ben just came to town as a new rabbi. Unfortunately, his first official duty was to conduct a funeral service for Albert, a man who died in his eighties with no relatives. Since Ben didn’t know the deceased personally, he paused from his sermon to ask if anyone in the congregation would say something good […]

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COMMENTARY 906.3: We Shape Our Own Character

November 18, 2014 Caring, Compassion

There’s no doubt that our character has a profound effect on our future. What we must remember, however, is not merely how powerful character is in influencing our destiny, but how powerful we are in shaping our own character and, therefore, our own destiny. Character may determine our fate, but character is not determined by […]

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COMMENTARY 906.2: The Power in Me

November 17, 2014 Attitude

When my daughter Samara was 8, she wrote a poem as a song for some friends who were thinking of starting a band. When she showed it to her mom she said, “Don’t show it to Daddy because he will want to read it on the radio.” She was right. I did want to share […]

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The Immortality of Service

November 14, 2014 Quick Thoughts
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COMMENTARY 906.1: The Intimidating Power of Integrity

November 14, 2014 Attitude

A teacher once wrote telling me that a parent with a great deal of clout at her school asked her to change attendance records to make her child’s record look better. The teacher said she thought long and hard about the request but eventually refused, knowing it would make the parent angry. I commended her […]

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Thumbnail image for QUOTE AND OBSERVATION: If we take care to repair ourselves with ointments laced with gratitude, humility and compassion, the scars left by healed wounds reveal life insights and experiences that can make us more beautiful.-Michael Josephson

QUOTE AND OBSERVATION: If we take care to repair ourselves with ointments laced with gratitude, humility and compassion, the scars left by healed wounds reveal life insights and experiences that can make us more beautiful.-Michael Josephson

November 13, 2014 Gratitude

Nietzsche told us “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” and Hemingway wrote about becoming stronger in broken places. A different way of thinking is found in the Japanese concept of kintsukuroi the art of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer in a way that makes the object more beautiful than it was […]

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COMMENTARY 905.5: Taking Charge of the Balloon

November 13, 2014 Choices

A man in a hot air balloon, realizing he was lost, lowered it to shout to a fellow on the ground, “The wind’s blown me off course. Can you tell me where I am?” The man replied, “Sure. You’re hovering about 60 feet over this wheat field.” “You must be an engineer,” the balloonist yelled. […]

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