These three quotes on happiness gave me some things to consider.

life is way to short

dont' put the key to your happiness in someone elses pocket

How are you doing with your own experience of happiness, contentment, being at peace, enjoying well-being, and what I like to call FLOURISHING. Augustine uses the old fashioned rarely heard word - BLISS.

Grace to you,

8 Quotes About Libraries and Books

I love libraries. 

I have over 2000 pictures of libraries on two Pinterest Boards. Libraries in the home, public libraries, university libraries, monastic libraries, book shops, reading nooks... I love books and the places we find them, organize them, and enjoy them. I just finished The Meaning of the Library, a collection of 12 essays that look at libraries from antiquity, through the middle ages, on through the Enlightenment and now in to our digital era. This is not a book for the common reader, even one who loves libraries. Most of the essays are pretty specialized. Although the final essay by James Billington, head librarian of the greatest library in history - The Library of Congress, was profoundly moving for me.

Success and Goals: Great Quotes in Images

Today is just a collection of quotes on success and goals. I spent several hours this morning writing and editing a new workbook that will be available in January on personal productivity. I went surfing the internet for some good ideas. I hope you are inspired and motivated as I am by these thoughts.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International




Love and Skill

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin

Ephesians 2:10 reminds you that you are masterpiece, a work of art, the craftsmanship of the creator God.

Psalm 139 says -you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Psalm 8 - you are just a little lower than the angels, and God is mindful of you.

In your life, the love and skill of the Trinity work together to form a MASTERPIECE. This is what you are. 

Then, in the world around you, you are invited to participate in the creative work of the Trinity, using your own love and skill to form masterpieces.

Life Long Learning: Favorite Quotes

Anyone who stops learning is old whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Henry Ford

There are No Ordinary People

C. S. Lewis quote, there are no ordinary people

One of those beautiful reminders for you and I to live in and out of our True Identity. You are not ORDINARY. You are extraordinary. If you want to see just some of the biblical basis for this quote from Lewis, turn to Psalm 139.

You are no ordinary person.
AND . . . Not a single person you meet today is ordinary.
Friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, people you like, those you don't, those who don't like you . . .


Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear...see and hear and act appropriately.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


Abraham Heschel Quotes to Ponder

Abraham Heschel was a brilliant and mystical, poet, theologian, activist, author, Rabbi. I have found his writings so deeply anchored in the Old Testament worldview of God, humanity, life, meaning, purpose, death -- to be marvelous. Here are some recent quotes I posted on my Abraham Heschel Pinterest Board.

Abraham Heschel quote,  study human behavior and bewilderment

Abraham Heschel quote, human conviction

Abraham Heschel quote, man must interrogate his own nature

What is an Ounce Worth?

You are all familiar with the proverb: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
it is. Take a little time to be preventive of something bad so you don't have to spend a lot more time dealing with the attempt to cure, fix or repair what has broken. If you have ever had the flu and you didn't get your flu shot... you know what I mean.

Here is a version of the proverb that grabbed my attention: "An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory."
I love it. What a great comparison. It builds on a very simple leadership principle. That is - leaders are action oriented. Even better, leaders are those who do the kinds of actions that lead to results. 

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

The Way to See Farther...
This is one of my favorite quotes. It has been attested to many people. As best I can tell, Bernardus Silvestis, a 12th century scholatic, is the original author. If anyone knows otherwise, let me know.

This idea gives me humility.
For I do see farther (note: Not further!) then many of those who have gone before. But it is not by dint of my own Herculean efforts. It is becaues I stand on their shoulders. I benefit from their wisdom, their experiene, their lessons, their insights -- all which has been passed on to those who are curious enough to learn.

This idea gives me direction.
I will see farther as I find good shoulders on which to stand. Who are the GIANTS on whom I will stand? Who are the wise guides from whom I will learn? Who will be the great conversationalists of the past with whom I will dialogue? 


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