COMMENTARY: Being Decisive

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, and Pat quits. Frank feels …

COMMENTARY: The Road to Significance

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 discover that true happiness will …

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Love – Compassion – Respect

Let us hear and heed the better angels of our nature, the angels that call us to think and act beyond ourselves; to respect and care about the well-being of others in our human family; and to accept our moral duty to improve ourselves and the world.” – Michael Josephson    

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“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel    

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Counterfeit Success

“Creating the illusion of success through false, exaggerated or misleading claims is a form of counterfeiting. You may get away with it for a while, but eventually reality will find its way to the light and whatever you acquired with false currency won’t be enough to comfort or protect you when you are revealed as a fraud.” – Michael Josephson …

COMMENTARY: Is Happiness Around the Corner?

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 that life was about to …

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A Good Life is A Journey, Not A Destination

“I’m humbled to know I’m not all that I can be or all that I ought to be. But I’m proud that I’m better than I used to be and not as good as I will be.” – Michael Josephson    

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The Formula For A Good Life

“What’s the use of a long life if it’s not a good life? The formula for a good life is to squeeze anxiety, jealousy, and resentment out of every day and squeeze in something to be grateful for and proud of.” – Michael Josephson  

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We Would Those We Love Best

“There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found while journeying east and west. The only folks we really wound are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know. We please the fleeting guest. And deal full many a thoughtless blow to those who love us best.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox    

COMMENTARY: The Truth About Trust

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 so many trust seekers resort …

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Self-pity is a losing strategy. It repels others and weakens you. You are entitled to be sad and to grieve, but don’t sabotage yourself or your relationships with negativity.    

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Captaining Life

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to steer my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott  

COMMENTARY: The Struggle Between Wants and Shoulds

As a full-time ethicist – can you believe there is such a thing? – I spend most of my time talking about right and wrong with parents and politicians, kids and corporate managers, journalists and generals. One thing I’ve learned is that ethics – being a good person and doing the right thing – is easier said than done. Ethics, …

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Good Companions & True Friends

Good companions are people you spend them with when you want to have a good time. True friends are the ones you want to be with when you’ve had a bad time.  

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Face Your Fears

Face your fears and you will conquer them. You will be amazed to discover how strong you really are.  

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Cost & Value

It’s easy to find people who understand costs. The challenge is to find people who understand values. – Michael Josephson    

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The Many Mistakes of Highly Successful People

“Highly successful people make more mistakes than those they surpass. They succeed because they learn from every mistake and turn them into stepping stones.” – Michael Josephson  

COMMENTARY: What Your Checkbook and Calendar Say About Your Values

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 beliefs and convictions that drive …



I love the blooming flower images as well as the wisdom of this short video. This is beautiful.


We Have All We Need To Do What Needs To Be Done If We Work Together

As I was in the throes of dismay at humanity and the seemingly insoluble problem of the cycle of hate revealed by the Florida massacre, I saw this video of regular folks working together brilliantly to save a stray dog. At first it seemed like it couldn’t be done but by holding hands and working together these strangers prove that …

COMMENTARY: A Person of Character

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 character values honesty and integrity …

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An Everyday Gift

YESTERDAY is history. TOMORROW is a mystery. TODAY is a gift. That’s why it’s called the PRESENT. LEARN from the past. PLAN for the future. LIVE in today.



Now is a time to be resolute, but wise. We must focus on our vulnerabilities, not our fears. Our solutions must be as intelligent, not instinctive. This is not a time for partisan advantage-seeking, it is a time to come together without concern for who gets the credit or blame. We must respond boldly and fearlessly, but not foolishly. Many …

COMMENTARY: Sharpen Your Ax

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 swing harder. Another said he …

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Are You Present?

Don’t look so hard at my past. I don’t live there anymore.