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Cooperation and Competition: Evil Twins

It suddenly struck me that competition can be the evil twin to cooperation. I don’t really know what got me thinking about this; maybe just the state of affairs in the world, from interaction between nations of the world to bad behavior by parents, coaches and sometimes participants in youth sports. It seems to me there is a fine line between the inclusive concept of cooperation and the exclusive nature of competition. When the line is crossed from the former … Continue reading

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Get Over Yourself

What do these four scenarios have in common? A man explains his lack of work performance on the fact that too much was asked of him before noon and he simply is “not a morning person.” A woman misses an important appointment at her doctor’s office and when they call to inquire as to her absence she snaps, “Well you scheduled me on a Tuesday and I am used to Wednesday appointments.  It’s your fault I forgot.” A college student … Continue reading

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A Day Older; Hopefully a Day Wiser

As I click on the computer calendar preparing to scribe this digital missive, aka the Week-Ender blog, I realize with a slight jolt that I will be turning another day older today; well, actually, another year older–happy birthday to me. It is assumed that as one gets older, one gets wiser as well.  I suppose that varies with each individual, but generally, each minute we survive on this earth we have presumably learned something new.  Thus, each day we should … Continue reading

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Viral Emotions

The ability to cope.
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There’s a video that’s gone viral recently that displays a young boy named Jackson who is strapped in his car seat and is weeping silently through the A Great Big World/Christina Aguilera musical collaboration of “Say Something.” The emotional boy, who is only 4, closes his eyes and almost revels in the painful experience seeming to know he must go through the hurt to get the real message of the performance. His dad repeatedly asks if he’d like him to change the … Continue reading

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P7 – When Preparation Meets Opportunity

"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
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There is an axiom that suggests, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” I’m a big fan of axioms; those old sayings that generalize snippets of the human condition, those sage little postulates that provide a starting point or a premise upon which to build reasoning. Axioms are often self-evident but sometimes the wisdom imparted is so simple and elegant that we humans tend to pass it by; such simplicity in this complicated world doesn’t seem worth examining. Axioms are not … Continue reading

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