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VIDEO: Change The World

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, … Read More The post VIDEO: Change The World appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: The Ultimate Display of Citizenship

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The holiday we now celebrate as Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day in tribute to the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Sadly, the “war to end all wars” didn’t accomplish that goal. In 1954, Congress officially changed the name to Veteran’s Day. Too often we think of the term “citizen” only in terms of rights. … Read More

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COMMENTARY: The Ultimate Gift

Jimmy was nine when his mom told him his little sister was sick and would die if she didn’t get a blood transfusion – and Jimmy was one of the only people in the world who had the rare blood type needed. She asked if he would be willing to let the doctors give some of his blood to his … Read More

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COMMENTARY: Granddaddy’s Gift

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Years ago, a Southern woman was in one of my workshops. When asked to tell a story that impacted her character, she described an incident when she was 5. She was at her grandfather’s house all dressed up in a white dress with a crinoline and new gloves, proud as she could be. Her granddaddy told her she could go … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Granddaddy’s Gift appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: God’s Plan to Heal the World: “He Made You”

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Revised 8/8/15 It’s almost impossible to find a responsible adult who is happy with the moral state of the world. And it’s even harder if you are attentive to the daily news. In addition to the reports of natural disasters and spreading disease, reports of the shortcomings of prominent people whose behavior attracts  the media is distressing As Lily Tomlin … Read More The post COMMENTARY: God’s Plan to Heal the World: “He Made You” appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Maintaining Humanity in the Face of Inhumanity

“The world will not get safer until it gets softer, yet the more dangerous the world becomes the more fear and prejudice make people harder. The responses to unspeakable violence must not be a demand to do whatever it takes to be safe because there is no real safety in such methods. Somehow we have to learn to live with … Read More The post Maintaining Humanity in the Face of Inhumanity appeared first on What Will Matter.

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GRADUATION: Greatest Quotes – Invocation & Advice and The Nature & Value of Education

INVOCATIONS AND ADVICE Now that you’re getting your degrees it’s a good time to set goals and devise a plan. You need a roadmap, but be prepared for unintended detours, confusing signs and closed roads. Don’t be afraid of change or unwilling to change. Enjoy the journey, wherever it takes you, because that’s your life. — Michael Josephson Put your future … Read More The post GRADUATION: Greatest Quotes – Invocation & Advice and The Nature & Value of Education appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY 983.4: Working Together

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I want to be thin — especially when I’m not hungry. And it seems the President and members of Congress want to work together — especially if they don’t have strong feelings about the issue. I liked President Obama’s call for more civility and greater cooperation, but I’m not convinced it will happen. There’s always a lot of room between … Read More The post COMMENTARY 983.4: Working Together appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY 978.2: Desiderata

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In 1927, Max Ehrmann gave us timeless advice in a poem called Desiderata (Latin for “things desired”): Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and … Read More The post COMMENTARY 978.2: Desiderata appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY 975.3: Birds on a Wire: Actions are More Important Than Intentions

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Five birds are sitting on a telephone wire. Two of them decide to fly south. How many are left? Three, you say? No, it’s five. You see, deciding to fly south is not the same as doing it. If a bird really wants to go somewhere, it’s got to point itself in the right direction, jump off the wire and … Read More The post COMMENTARY 975.3: Birds on a Wire: Actions are More Important Than Intentions appeared first on What Will Matter.

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