Even after he has been dead almost nine years, Michael Jackson remains the most popular entertainer of all time, and the most popular household name second to Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Jesus made things out of wood, including our salvation.
Rather than listing acclaimed artists through the centuries, look at people who inspire us to live with more energy. Mao Tse Tung was wrong, no gun barrel can stop the masses when their hearts are strengthened by hope.
Let your artwork blossom. Whatever skill you have, cultivate it, prune it, feed it, strengthen it, do whatever to let it flourish. · · · →
Expand beyond your comfort zone. Keep reaching. Don’t shy-up. Coziness is the enemy of discovery. Heroes are made by stepping out, confessing wrongdoing while playing corporate inside baseball.
You never know what you miss by not going out your front door. Take the road less traveled—by others or by yourself. Learn, make a new friend, help a stranger in need. Of course, never put yourself at too much risk. Carrying hitchhikers is for young men with a conceal carry permit, not old ladies seeking adventure and compassion.
When you reach out, you might touch someone’s heart you never knew. · · · →
The most difficult among us are the most rewarding. It goes for friendships, employees, students, children, and probably every romance.
Diamonds come in the rough and only those with insight recognize them. Anyone can appreciate a diamond once it has been cut to shape, but those who treasure diamonds in the rough stand to earn the greatest reward.
Diamonds are difficult. Not only are they hard and rare, rather than being scratched they often do the scratching. While everyone likes to adorn a diamond, only the most patient, strong, and skilled hands can help them ascend to their full potential. · · · →
It is easy to think that nothing means something. When our priorities zero-in on “seeing God in coincidences” and “the wonderful work of our leaders” or “terrible, destructive schemes” to move us all to the moon as Martian slaves—we miss the problems right under our noses.
We are surrounded by fakes and phonies all across our social circles. People we feel guilty about thinking less of, who aren’t as good at normal stuff most people are—they are the ones who don’t disclose even half of their secret lives.
Don’t worry about “sneaks”, just keep sharp about what matters. · · · →