Z Is For Zeal

‘Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.  The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul’.  Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton Z is also for zigzag, and if you zigzag it won’t matter how much zeal you have, your success will be much longer coming, and quite…

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Y Is For Yesterday

Yesterday is very much a part of who we are.  We can learn so much from the experiences of all our yesterdays, but it does not do to dwell on those experiences too much.  Take what is useful from them and place the rest at the back of our memories.  Often too much time can…

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X Is For Xenophobia

X appeared to be a difficult letter to get to grips with, I toyed with other ‘x’ words but kept getting drawn back to xenophobia, an acute dislike of foreigners. Not necessarily of other cultures, however.  We seem to be very tolerant of the cultures we like to embrace, whilst at the same time disliking…

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W Is For Wealth

Many people mistakenly feel that the only definition of ‘wealthy’ is having lots of possessions.  They believe that in order to be wealthy one must have lots of money and ‘things’. To be truly wealthy you do not need money or possessions.  You can consider yourself a very wealthy person if you possess wisdom, peace…

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V Is For Veracity

Do you believe that truth can do more harm than good?  Oscar Wilde once said, ‘the truth is rarely pure and never simple’.  And Denis Diderot, ‘We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter’.  Truth will out, as Shakespeare said. Honesty is…

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U Is For Unity

Being united brings about a better way of working.  Helping others helps yourself too.  As Helen Keller said, ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’.  And indeed much more can be achieved if we work in unity. ‘And suddenly, like light in darkness, the real truth broke in upon me;…

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T Is For Tolerance

Last year I went to a choral concert held by a group raising money for a local charity. The charity they were raising money for is About With Friends, a group who give support to people with learning disabilities. At the end of the concert the group said they were going to sing one more…

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S Is For Sagacious

Other words we could use in place of sagacious are: wise, sage, discerning, clever, intelligent, judicious, acute, sharp, keen, perspicacious. Wisdom is not learned easily. As Confucius said: By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.…

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R Is For Remembrance

In our family we have a tradition, at 8pm every Christmas Day we toast absent friends.  This not only gives us the opportunity to keep those who have gone before us a part of what we do and very much in our minds during our celebrations, but also brings to mind those people who are…

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Q Is For Quiet

In the quiet of the predawn hours The Hush slips in to blanket the slumbering earth upon life’s gentle breeze, it quietly blows in its veil of serenity, imperceptibly dispersed The Hush unfolds over the hilly terrain climbing, spilling over the majestic mountaintops guided by the loving arms of the branches of nature The Hush…

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