Quick Thoughts

this is for asides

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

—Widely attributed to Goethe, but also claimed to be a distortion of a passage by Haim Ginott

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I was fortunate to hear Roger Brown, Berklee President, speak last week. He referenced the following quote by Reinhold Niebuhr:

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.

Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.

These are both exciting and stressful times for many people. Share your excitement; comfort those who are stressed.

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