Before you Speak: THINK

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Instead of putting people in their place, put yourself in their place. More empathy and understanding improves everyone’s life. – Michael Josephson

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COMMENTARY: Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude

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For some, Thanksgiving is the beginning of a holiday season filled with joy and happiness at the prospect of spending time with family. For others, it’s a sadder time blemished by bad memories or dread. Some people see their lives filled with abundant blessings and find thankfulness easy and natural; others are so pre-occupied with tending to past wounds or … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Surviving Critical Relatives at Family Gatherings

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I realize that not everyone lives in a Norman Rockwell world where family gatherings are sources of warmth and good memories. For some, the prospect of holiday get-togethers generates dread and anxiety; they are something to endure, not enjoy. One reason is that family members can be tactless and downright cruel when expressing their opinions about perceived foibles, flaws and … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Surviving Critical Relatives at Family Gatherings appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Thanking Your Parents on Thanksgiving

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As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I hope you will think about your parents with your most gentle and generous thoughts and be thankful. Even if you didn’t have ideal parents or a perfect home life, if either or both of your parents are still with you, make an effort to experience and express genuine gratitude. It’s natural to take for granted what … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Thanking Your Parents on Thanksgiving appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Forgiving Without Condoning or Forgetting

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I suspect all of us have been hurt in deep and lasting ways by the words or acts of another. It’s normal in such situations to feel hostility toward the person who hurt us. If we allow the offense to linger, we may carry the hurt and resentment in the form of a grudge. Usually this causes more unhappiness for … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Forgiving Without Condoning or Forgetting appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: I Just Have to Outrun You

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During a camping trip, Sam and Tom saw a bear coming their way. Sam started to take off his backpack and told Tom he was going to run for it. When his surprised friend said, “You can’t outrun a bear,” Sam replied, “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you.” Sadly, this look-out-for-number-one mentality is … Read More The post COMMENTARY: I Just Have to Outrun You appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Brag, But Be Proud

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Today, after winning a big game it’s common for athletes and fans to chant, “We’re number one,” in a classless display of self-praise that comes off as conceit and disrespectful taunting. I sometimes feel that way about materials praising America. Still, national pride is important. Reminders about the high principles on which this nation was based are essential to keep … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Don’t Brag, But Be Proud appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: If I Could Give You Anything

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It’s a tradition during a bat or bar mitzvah ceremony for parents to deliver specific blessings to their child. I wrote a poem for my daughter Abrielle a few years ago. I want to share it with you as I think it captures the sort of thing most parents wish they could give their children. If I Could Give You … Read More The post COMMENTARY: If I Could Give You Anything appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Rules About Trust

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I’ve talked about it lots of times before: The high cost of lying and deception — by politicians and police, corporate executives and clergy, even journalists, accountants and educators — has been to weaken every major social institution. As each of these institutions wages its separate battle to remove the cloud of suspicion and cynicism that hovers over it, there … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Rules About Trust appeared first on What Will Matter.

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