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Ben Wright

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Musings: Investing in our work brings more joy

Having an intense investment is part of the secret of success, especially when our interest is coupled with our joy in our work.

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Musings: Confidence, confidentiality are linked

Probably the weakest personal quality today is a genuine, sustaining and deep self-confidence.

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Musings: No easy solution to poverty problem

No government, church or civic food program will ultimately solve the problem. I have always heard that we will always have the poor with us.

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Musings: Peace comes at a price

As a nation we have studied and activated war in an effective manner. However, as to achieving peace, we only rate a very low C or maybe a lower grade.

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Musings: Convictions must be based on truth

The law may not be correct but Socrates recognized that serious consequences would be created if we disregarded laws we did not like.

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Musings: The psychology of golf

Golf requires skill, concentration, patience and sometimes a sense of humor.

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Musings: Evil still alive in the world

These and other examples give us insight into Hitler’s evil personality.

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Musings: Be concise when writing, speaking

Someone suggested that in public speaking we need to “get up, speak up and shut up.” Above all, writing and public speaking should be clear and interesting

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Musings: We are in control of our attitude

When unhappy events cause us to lose a limb or other parts of our bodies, we are forced to make a decision about what our attitude will be.

Musings: Have we forgotten lessons of history?

Let us hope that we are not neglecting the framework and fabric that support this nation from within.

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Musings: Be aware of anger triggers

When we become aware of what triggers our inappropriate responses, we make responsible decisions concerning our actions.

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Musings: Love with strings isn't true love

Even in our relationships with one another, there may not be money or products exchanged, but a requirement of some nature is ever present.

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Musings: Art is a gift of eternity

Art points us toward that which is above.

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Musings: Making mistakes is part of human condition

We should not discount the goal of moving toward perfection. We may not attain the goal we set out to gain but hopefully we will be close.

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Musings: Words are powerful instruments

Our thinking is precise only to the extent that we have words to make it so.

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Musings: How our mamas raise us

If you are a mama, then remember you have a significant and awesome responsibility to fulfill.

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Musings: Choosing to overcome failure

This fear of failure probably has been fueled by being told all of their life that they are no good and will amount to nothing.

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Musings: Knowledge also gained outside the classroom

When we study human nature we learn psychology, sociology, language and the importance of relationships.

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Musings: A little red wagon full of memories

Our little red wagon experiences are just symbols that remind us of the real, important things in our lives.

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Musings: Planning should lead to action

Thankfully, there are times when we do act and get the job accomplished because we forget the planning factor. We know what to do and we just do it.

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Musings: Being dedicated to a mission

Without human beings that are dedicated to a mission, no institution, whether it be religious or not, can survive long.

Musings: Knowing the limits of boundaries

Individually, we all have our own boundaries and limitations.

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Musings: Set goals and keep eyes on them

In baseball, for example, the pitcher has to have in the mind’s eye where the ball is to go over the plate and in the catcher’s mitt.

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Musings: Messages beyond the spoken word

Many times our decisions are based not so much on what others say verbally, but on body language and the tone of expression.

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Musings: Aviation pioneers showed great courage

As tragic as it was and is, more people will lose their lives testing new ways and means of air travel.

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Musings: Recipe for successful new year

Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat and garnish with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness, and a happy new year is a certainty.

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Musings: Have great expectations for new year

I hope that we all have great expectations. To enhance this feat, we have to have hope, faith and great patience.

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Musings: Beliefs shouldn't be forced on others

When we are super-fanatic over any cause, we usually defeat the spirit, the celebration and the joy of it.

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Musings: Remember brave souls of World War II

Let us not forget Pearl Harbor and the brave souls that were lost there and all those human beings that were killed or wounded in World War II.

Musings: We must identify attainable goals

If we want nothing or expect nothing, then that is what we usually get.

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Musings: Creative thinking benefits us all

We are thankful that Columbus did not believe that the world was flat and that the Wright brothers paid little attention to the notion that human beings could never fly.

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Musings: Recognize true blessings and give thanks

Let us give thanks for being alive. Also let us have a sense of gratitude for all aspects of life and remember there is a larger dynamic at work in, for and around us.

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Musings: Sacrifices of veterans live on

Instilled was a hope that some day people could walk the streets of the United States unafraid.

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Musings: Some gifts keep on giving

The giver of gifts has a humility that surpasses selfish arrogance or stupid pride. It never occurs to them to expect something in return.

Musings: Choose art that inspires, uplifts

Not all is gloom in the art world. For example, there are songs and music that uplift us in a powerful manner.

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Musings: Dedication, sacrifice often required for success

It takes a person a long time to learn to sing and it takes ballet dancers years to hone their skills. Both produce beautiful creations of entertainment.

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Musings: Harnessing stress can empower us

To maintain mental and emotional health, we have to learn ways to combat stress, tension and worry.

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Musings: Our value lies in service to others

Our worth is determined by our value to our immediate family and extended community family.

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Musings: Finding solutions starts with knowing the problem

Not knowing what problems we presently face, we cannot give blanket solutions. No one can.

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Musings: Freedom has many forms

We have to make democracy work by our responsible actions and principles. We have to stand up for what we believe.

Musings: Live in present to prepare for future

We cannot live in the past. We can only live in the present. In realty, that is all we have.

Musings: The problem of solving problems

At times when I am attempting to solve a problem, I find myself trying the same failing attempt time and time again, getting nowhere.

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Musings: We can all be instruments of happiness

There are at least four components of happiness. You may add to this list.

Musings: Ingenuity is a double-edged sword

The lesson learned here is that an unhealthy ingenuity is destructive and dysfunctional, whereas a healthy ingenuity is constructive and contributes to our well-being.

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Musings: Good advice often difficult to heed

Maybe this is the issue behind requiring uniforms in public schools. We just do not like to be told what to do or wear.

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Musings: Distracted driving causes too many crashes

How do you tell a person to be safe and not text or talk on their cell phone without offending them?

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Musings: Taking oaths should be taken seriously

Let us not take lightly oaths and pledges, for they classify who we are and for what we stand.

Musings: Education not confined to classroom

Hopefully, the coming school year will accomplish for all students and teachers the goals of observing, comprehending and analyzing.

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Musings: The economics of being thrifty

It has been stated: Be thrifty when you are young, and when you are old you will be able to afford the things that only the young can enjoy.

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Musings: Immune system a marvelous defense

Having a healthy immunity helps us have a better quality of life because it protects us against something harmful.

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