TRUTH & INTEGRITY PLEASE!

by Bill Blalock on December 6, 2017

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”… Michelle Obama

When I hear my grandchildren ask me questions, I am amazed that nothing is off limits. They talk about what they hear at school, what their friends are saying and what their parents are saying and doing. There are no restrictions from their prospective. So how do we – you – respond to their questions about what truth is and what is wrong and what is right! I was always taught to “tell the truth” and if I chose not to do so, I paid the consequences. That is a model that I have always endorsed. And you? How are you responding to questions posed by your children, grandchildren and friends and family?

When people are asked direct questions about a specific topic; whether it is social or political, or values based, why is it that we compromise truth for a lie. Or worse still, refuse to answer the direct and specific question. When we promote such behavior as acceptable, we place ourselves in a very precarious situation. And, if we feel no guilt in doing so, what does that say about us?

I believe that we can still have constructive dialogue with those who we have differences, if we both are honest and truthful about why we believe and act a certain way. The key here is “being truthful” in the process. It is when we avoid and demonstrate a falsehood [ which the facts support as false] in our dialogue that we lose credibility.

Remember truth will always prevail; even though at times it seems impossible. Where are you on this journey of truth and integrity?

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WHEN TRADEGY HAPPENS

by Bill Blalock on October 5, 2017

“The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.”… Benjamin E. Mays

Words cannot adequately express how we feel when we experience extreme shock and sorrow. We are troubled when unexpected events occur that cause death and harm to many people. What we learn from such incidents is that, at the heart of most us, we collectively feel pain, distress and emotional unease. Prayers are spoken for those affected. We wish that the incident did not happen. Could someone have prevented it? My sense is, the answers lie within each of us. We have no control over what has occurred, but we can again seek to create a world where we are not so violent.

A possible solution: Really care about those close to use, seek not to divide, but act in our mutual interest for a better and safe society. Create a society where weapons are not solutions and people and institutions that promote love and respect for mankind are encouraged.

In the end, we are the solution. Question is, what are you doing to promote unity, understanding and peace in your sphere of influence. Something to think about!

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NEW WORK ETHIC

September 14, 2017

“Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better”… John Carmack “Change is the end result of all true learning”… Leo […]

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STARTING YOUR DAY

August 24, 2017

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”…Melody Beattie What’s the first thing that comes to your mind as you start each day? I need my coffee? Mentally going over all the things you must accomplish for the day? What will I wear? You can probably relate […]

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COMPASSION-LOVE-UNDERSTANDING

August 19, 2017

These are words that have always had meaning and purpose in our lives. When individuals cross the barrier of understanding and enter a world of judging, hate and displayed anger, they have passed the line of decency and civility. We should always be on guard how we react to injustice; even though we may have […]

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EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE!

August 11, 2017

Everything has a price. Whatever we want in life, we must give up something to get it. The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required. Life is like a toll road! We all experience the reality of having to use toll roads frequently. There is a price we pay for the luxury of getting […]

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THE ART OF BEING HAPPY IN LIFE

July 22, 2017

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” … Kevyn Aucoin Ah, happiness, that elusive […]

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CHANGE

July 17, 2017

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” … John F. Kennedy Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Advanced Manufacturing, Coding, Self-Driving Cars, Apps for Every Occasion, Online Shopping, etc. Sounds like a lot, and it is! But, these words encompass a major […]

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CREDIT = DEBT

June 30, 2017

“Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift… The hangover comes the day after.” … Joyce Brothers When we give people credit for accomplishing a task or making a significant contribution, that credit or recognition is very positive. However, when we look at credit in a financial […]

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DETAILS MATTER!

January 5, 2017

Some days I find myself frequently telling people to pay attention to the details. Details Matter! We can all relate to the constant barrage of drug advertisements on television that visually depict participants in the ad “happy and having a great life”, only to catch some of the background “: disclosure statements” that basically say […]

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