Some Thoughts on Leadership
Contributed by Dr. Earl Reum
One of life's illusions is that the present hour is not the critical,
decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best--most
crucial--day in all the year. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs to be
We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?"
unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.
--Phillip E. Berstein
Whenever you get there, there's no there there.
You have to learn to live with your chances. It's not easy, but if you
are honest, it becomes easy. Then you can laugh at it, and you can hope,
too, because that gives you a hold on life.
--Cancer patient, Christa Freund
It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated
communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.
It doesn't pay to say much
when you're mad enough to choke,
for the word that stings the deepest
is the word that's never spoken.
Let the other fellow wrangle
till the storm has blown away.
Then he'll do a heap of thinking
about the things YOU didn't say.
--James Whitcomb Riley
Are we willing to give up some things we like to do, to move on to those
tings we must do? --Satenig St. Marie
Instead of being one thing or the other, can't something be one thing AND
another? --Chrysler commercial
We must first continually discipline ourselves to remember how it felt
the first moment. --Sarah Caldwell
People look at you and me to see what they are supposed to be. And, if
we don't disappoint them, maybe, just maybe, they won't disappoint us.
Two persons must believe in each other, and feel that it CAN BE done and
MUST be done; in that way they are enormously strong. They must keep up
each other's courage. --Vincent van Gogh
It is easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and
gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. --Jessamyn West
Leadership is not bestowed--it is only yours for as long as it is
To look is one thing. To see what you look at is another. To understand
what you see is one thing. To learn from what you understand is still
something else. But to act on what you learn is what really matters.