Contentment in Greek

Contentment can mean, having everything you need within yourself. The ancient Greek word “autarkes” translates into English as “content.”  “Autarkes” is a compound word from “autos” = self, and “arkeo” = to suffice, so it essentially means self-sufficient—in a good sense. This self-sufficiency is not is not self-centered, arrogant, prideful,...
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The Present

You’ve heard most of these “slow down” sayings: Stop and smell the roses. Wake up and smell the coffee.  Be still and know… Wherever you go there you are.  Get back to your roots. Take off your shoes and stay a while. Remove your sandals from your feet; you’re standing on holy ground. I really like the last saying. So, I do it right now in the middle of writing you. I...
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Enjoying the Joy of Connecting?

The Joy of Connecting The serious older man got out of the car in front of the San Jose hotel where I had just finished leading a Business Writing class and was heading out to my car. The beautiful matte black wheels on his Lexus caught my eye as I walked by. On my way back into the hotel to get some water, I saw him standing with the two other men that arrived in that same car with the cool...
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“It’s not just a baseball anymore!”

After the lady caught the baseball, which was hit into the stands by a San Francisco Giants’ batter, she was elated. We witnessed her joy live on the TV screen. And the announcer commented,  “Now, that’s not just a baseball anymore!” For sure! We agree! That ordinary baseball becomes the lady’s special memory that she will happily share with others. Let’s play...
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Your answers to “Listening is Risky Because…”

Last Week I asked you to finish to this sentence: “Listening is risky because…” and send it in! And you did! Thank you! Plus, I promised, “I’ll post the answer I came across last week that shocked me.” And I will—and the end of your responses. Responses: “The truth can hurt or be scary.” – BP “You might get a real talker on your...
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