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Happy 4th of July

by Michael Josephson on July 4, 2015

in Quotes, Observations

Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him. ~Giuseppe Mazzini

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WORTH SEEING: Poster- One’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~George William Curtis

July 3, 2015 Quotes, Observations
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COMMENTARY 939.1: Being Decisive

July 3, 2015 Commentaries

Frank is a new supervisor who wants to do well. Maria consistently comes in late. When he confronts her, she makes a joke out of it. Hoping to win friendship and loyalty, Frank is painfully patient with her, but Pat, a conscientious employee, urges him to do more. Soon others begin to come in late, […]

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COMMENTARY 938.5: The Road to Significance

July 2, 2015 Commentaries

The most traditional way to measure the quality of one’s life is to evaluate success by listing accolades, achievements, and acquisitions. After all, in its simplest terms, success is getting what we want and most people want wealth and status. Yet, as much pleasure as these attributes can bring, the rich, powerful, and famous usually […]

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COMMENTARY 938.4: Is Happiness Around the Corner?

July 1, 2015 Commentaries

For lots of people, happiness is just around the corner. They just need to get their degree, a particular job, a promotion, or a raise. Maybe they’re waiting to get married or have a child. Perhaps they will be happy when they retire. Alfred D’ Souza said, “For a long time it seemed to me […]

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COMMENTARY 938.3: The Truth About Trust

June 30, 2015 Choices

Everyone seems to understand the importance of trust. No one seems to doubt the vital role that  it plays in personal relationships, business and politics. We want to trust the people in our lives and we want them to trust us. Trust is so hard to earn and so easy to lose. So why do […]

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Memo From Michael 938.2: Good Wolf Versus Evil Wolf

June 29, 2015 Memo From Michael

I haven’t written a personal note for quite a while. Earlier this week I revealed that I have been preoccupied for more than six months with a lawsuit my family and I reluctantly filed against the Archer School for Girls, its head of school Elizabeth English and its Board of Trustees (see JosephsonVsArcher.com to read […]

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Must Read Poster & Quote 2: 06-26-15

June 26, 2015 Commentaries

The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been. –Albert Einstein  

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Must Read Poster & Quote 1: 06-26-15

June 26, 2015 Commentaries

It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not. –Denis Waitley  

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COMMENTARY 938.1: What Your Checkbook and Calendar Say About Your Values

June 26, 2015 Commentaries

If I wanted to check your credit worthiness, I’d look at your balance sheet — what you have and what you owe — and I’d want to know about your history of paying your debts. If I wanted to know your values, I’d look at your calendar and checkbook. How come? Well, the term “values” refers to core […]

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Must Read Quote & Poster 2: 06-25-15

June 25, 2015 Commentaries

To truly grow you have to be willing at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you can be.

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Must Read Quote & Poster 1: 06-25-15

June 25, 2015 Commentaries

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life. –Sidney Poitie

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COMMENTARY 937.5: A Person of Character

June 25, 2015 Caring, Compassion

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to become a person of character. It takes a good heart, but it also requires wisdom to know right from wrong and the discipline to do right even when it’s costly, inconvenient or difficult. Becoming a person of character is a lifelong quest to be better. A person of […]

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Must Read Poster & Quote 2: 06-24-15

June 24, 2015 Commentaries
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Must Read Poster & Quote 1: 06-24-15

June 24, 2015 Commentaries

Some years back a “Concerned Parent” wrote a letter to the advice columnist Abigail Van Buren telling her that a homosexual couple had just moved across the street asking Dear Abby what she could do to improve the neighborhood. Abby responded: “You could move.” I would have added an alternative: you can get to know […]

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COMMENTARY 937.4: Sharpen Your Ax

June 24, 2015 Commentaries

Ben was a new lumberjack who swung his ax with great power. He could fell a tree in 20 strokes, and in the first few days he produced twice as much lumber as anyone else. By week’s end, he was working even harder, but his lead was dwindling. One friend told him he had to […]

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Must Read Poster & Quote 2: 6-23-15

June 23, 2015 Commentaries

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

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COMMENTARY 937.3 : What I’ve Learned: The Perspective From 13-Year-Olds

June 23, 2015 Commentaries

A few years ago I got a note from Sam Rangel, an eighth-grade teacher in Corona, California. He distributed some of my commentaries on “What I’ve Learned” to his students and asked them to write down what they’d learned over the past year or in their lives. Here’s the world of growing wisdom from the […]

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Must Read Poster & Quote 6-22-15

June 22, 2015 Commentaries

Doing what you must is duty. Doing what you should is virtue. Doing what you can is service. Doing what you are afraid of is courage. Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

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COMMENTARY 937.2: Clichés and Milestones

June 22, 2015 Commentaries

One of the things I hate most about clichés is that whenever I experience milestone experiences, I have to admit they are true. There’s nothing unique or original about my feelings except that they are mine. So, when I witnessed my daughter Samara turn 18, my mind and heart flooded with trite and corny thoughts […]

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Happy Father’s Day

June 21, 2015 Commentaries
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Father’s Day Poster & Quote: 06-20-15

June 20, 2015 Commentaries

My Father Didn’t Tell Me How To Live; He Lived, And Let me Watch Him Do It. -Clarence Budington Kelland

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Must Read Quote & Poster 1: 06-19-15

June 19, 2015 Commentaries

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder. –Henry David Thoreau

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COMMENTARY 937.1: Middle School Commencement

June 19, 2015 Commentaries

When I was asked to deliver the commencement address at my nephew Jaren’s middle school graduation, I worried more than normal. After all, 14- and 15-year-olds are especially tough. First, they’re subject to torrential hormonal surges that can generate vast mood and personality swings. They can be wonderfully agreeable and fun to be with one moment, […]

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Must Read Quote & Poster 2: 06-19-15

June 19, 2015 Commentaries

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. -Jim Valvano

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Must Read Quote & Poster 2: 06-18-15

June 18, 2015 Commentaries

The most Important reason to know who you are is that it’s the first step in becoming who you CAN be.- Michael Josephson

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COMMENTARY 936.5: Wisdom in 20 Words or Fewer: Part One

June 18, 2015 Commentaries

Since my children were small, I launched their day with the invocation to “be good, have fun and learn.” I hope they remember that mantra, but when my daughter Samara began her independent life as a college freshman 3,000 miles away, I thought a more detailed set of maxims was needed. So I assembled a collection of […]

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Must Read Quote & Poster 1: 06-18-15

June 18, 2015 Commentaries

BE A PERSON OF CHARACTER BE HONEST even if it costs more than you want to pay. TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT even if they don’t seem to deserve it. FULFILL YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES even when you could dodge them. CARE ABOUT PEOPLE even if you don’t know them. BE FAIR even when you have the power to take more than our share. PLAY BY […]

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