3 years, 10 months, and 15 days. Have a can-do, positive mental attitude

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People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing…that’s why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

 

My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:

Stay strong.  Be positive.  Always.

Have a positive can-do attitude, instead of a negative can’t-do attitude.  No one likes the latter.  They’re nay-sayers.  They lack confidence and imagination.

Be positive problems solvers.  The world needs problem solvers.  Unlike nay-sayers, problem solvers have imagination and perseverance.

All my love, always,

Dad

 

 

3 years, 10 months, and 12 days. Character matters … always.

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My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:

It has been a difficult few weeks.  The direction to which our country is headed is less than ideal.  The events leading to the recent election and those that follow are symptomatic of the division and divisiveness of the U.S. today.

The most unfortunate casualty of all this has been character.  Good moral character has been lost amidst the noise and nastiness that is American politics.  Public service is worst off today for the absence of good people like Tom J. Campbell, who served in the U.S. Congress for several terms before returning to private life as Professor of Law at Stanford University, Dean of Hass School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and Dean of the Chapman University School of Law.  http://www.chapman.edu/our-faculty/thomas-j-campbell.

Character matters, my sons.  It always matters to people who matter.

In the short-run, people may be distracted by physical beauty, flashy attire, grandiose visions, and other superficial items; however, in the medium- and long-run, core values and character return to the forefront.  Fools who rush in will pay the price later.

Strive to be of strong moral character always.

Love,

Dad

3 years, 9 months, and 22 days. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Be wise beyond your years.

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From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. - Publilius Syrus

 

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

~ William James

My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:

These days, with the election mere days away, the media is full of noise.  Everyone is shouting and trying to drown out the others.  Their clever retorts often reveal their lack of wisdom.

Donald J. Trump proudly acknowledges he did not pay a dime in federal income taxes for years on end. He insists he merely exploited tax loopholes legally available to any billionaire — loopholes he says Hillary Clinton failed to close during her years in the United States Senate. “Why didn’t she ever try to change those laws so I couldn’t use them?” Mr. Trump asked during a campaign rally last month.

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Turner was convicted in March of three felony counts: assault with the intent to commit rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration of an unconscious person and sexual penetration of an intoxicated person.

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Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.  Even toddlers and young children know this.  Yet, these days, we hear too many adults, who should know better, excuse their poor behaviors by blaming others.

Don’t.  Remember, what you say or do reflects on you!  Further, a “wise man know what not to say.”  Confucius.

Be wise.  Do what’s right, regardless of the circumstances.  This includes censuring yourself if what you want to say or do is not helpful, kind, and truthful.  As Father Dave used to say, do or say something only if what you will say or do is helpful, kind, and truthful.  He is a wise man.

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All my love, always,

Dad