COMMENTARY: This Is My Dad, Sam Burke”

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Ann’s father, Sam Burke, was in the last stages of cancer, and his needs had gone beyond what she could provide at home. She was distraught at the thought of placing him in a convalescent home. The check-in process confirmed her worst fears. Administrators, nurses, and doctors who seemed bothered, bored, or burned out quickly transformed Sam Burke into just … Read More

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Making Your Parents Proud

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

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COMMENTARY: Authentic Apologies

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“I’m sorry.” These are powerful words. Authentic apologies can work like a healing ointment on old wounds, dissolve bitter grudges, and repair damaged relationships. They encourage both parties to let go of toxic emotions like anger and guilt and provide a fresh foundation of mutual respect. But authentic apologies involve much more than words expressing sorrow; they require accountability, remorse, … Read More

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COMMENTARY: A Manager’s Dilemma: Dealing With Misbehaving Top Performers

Managers prove themselves to be leaders when they do what is right, even when it costs more than they want to pay, because they understand that the cost of losing credibility and moral authority outweighs the benefits of expedient compromise. Just as the best athletes on a team often expect and get special treatment when it comes to violating rules … Read More

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COMMENTARY: Too Poor to Give

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When Teresa, a widow with four young children, saw a notice that members of her church would gather to deliver presents and food to a needy family, she took $10 out of her savings jar and bought the ingredients to make three dozen cookies. She got to the church parking lot just in time to join a convoy going to … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Too Poor to Give appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Competition in the Arts

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Competition often brings out the best performance but it doesn’t always bring out the best in people. Even in the arts, actors, singers, dancers, and musicians must survive and thrive in a competitive community as rude and rough as any. Ambitious parents often introduce toxic gamesmanship and back-biting attitudes very early as their children are judged and ranked by the … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Competition in the Arts appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: The Beginning of Positive Thinking

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I am a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, which is the title of a best-selling book published in 1952 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a controversial preacher and pastor who popularized the idea that if you can change your attitude, you can change your life. He urged people to consciously train themselves to be optimistic and enthusiastic, … Read More The post COMMENTARY: The Beginning of Positive Thinking appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Emotional Resilience

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Despite romanticized myths about the gloriously carefree teenage years, adolescence has always been an emotional battlefield where young people must fight their way through insecurity, depression and anger. For many teens, classrooms, playgrounds and hallways are hostile environments where name-calling, malicious gossip, taunting, and physical bullying regularly threaten their emotional and physical well-being Technology has not made kids meaner but … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Emotional Resilience appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Not Everyone in Need Has a Brick

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A successful man known for his philanthropy was driving his new car through a poor part of town. He’d driven the route hundreds of times before on his way home. A young boy tried to flag him down. The man was in a hurry and didn’t want to get involved, so he pretended he didn’t see him. The traffic signal turned red, though. As he slowed for it, he heard … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Not Everyone in Need Has a Brick appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: If You Were Arrested for Kindness

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If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Some people cheer up a room by entering it, others by leaving it. What do you bring to your interactions with workmates, friends, and family? Is it encouragement, optimism, or kind words? Or is it pessimism, criticism, or cynicism? People often forget what we say and … Read More The post COMMENTARY: If You Were Arrested for Kindness appeared first on What Will Matter.

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