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Follow the Boy Scout slogan, and do a good turn daily

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” (William James) A few years back I worked in a large building, with about 1,500 people in it. All of us worked for the same company. There was … Continue reading

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January 29 – Choosing my attitude

January 29 “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” (William James) Every so often it happens to all of us, even the most upbeat and optimistic few. Sometimes … Continue reading

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January 20. The Craving for Appreciation

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” (William James) Not just a desire, a craving to be appreciated. So strong was William James’ belief in this principle that he not only called it the deepest, … Continue reading

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January 14 – Choice procrastination

“When you have a choice and you don’t make it, that is in itself a choice” (William James) As I am thinking about this quote from one of the great thinkers of the late 19th century, the word “procrastination” is … Continue reading

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