All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a stories to live by... Harvey Cox


 

They Come in Threes

Death reminder

It is a superstitious belief of the older generations that bad things come in threes. When someone in your close circle dies, two death follows shortly thereafter. 

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Living with Meniere's

Living with Meniere's

In my prayer group, I have been petitioning about the buzzing and noise on my right ear, nausea, and dizziness for the last 14 months.  In November and December 2016, it became worst and my illness was coupled with spinning sensation of a vertigo. 

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Leadership is an Affair of the Heart

Leadership is an Affair of the Heart

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John H. Stanford (September 14, 1938 – November 28, 1998)  grew up poor, failed sixth-grade but went on to graduate from Penn State University on an ROTC scholarship. He survived multiple military tours in both Korea and Vietnam and was highly decorated. The loyalty of his troops was extraordinary.

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8 Principles of True Friendship

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True Friends are Trustworthy

A dog is true and loyal friend.

Trustworthiness is about being dependable and reliable.  In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.  Any man is considered blessed if he has a couple of true friends who can be counted on in both prosperity and adversity. 

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True Friends Accept One Another

We are human beings created with faults and imperfections. True friends accept and love one another despite their human imperfections, and knowing that talents and treasures are also buried within.

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This World have Not Change as much in Five Thousand Years

The Richest Man in Babylon

In 1926, George Samuel Clason, a Missourian published the first series of pamphlets on thrift and financial success using the parables set in ancient Babylon. It became popular during the Great Depression to millions of people and the most famous was the “The Richest Man in Babylon”.

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Don’t Hit the Snooze Button

You Snooze. You Lose.

Lying in bed, head on the pillow.  Cozy.  I'm dreaming there are raindrops outside.  It feel so nice. Alarm goes off.  "Ten more minutes please" I say to myself. I hit the snooze button and snuggle back in.  Ten minutes goes by fast. Alarm goes off once again.

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Tired of doing good

Do not give up

The grass is tall and you need to mow it. Somehow part of you don’t want to do it. It’s summer and it’s hot. You will be sweaty and smelly. Oh well, you cut the grass anyway. At the end, you look at your lawn and the house. Wow, it’s beautiful – what an exhilarating feeling?

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My Worthless Rant

Pitbull

I got up early Saturday morning... Walked my son's dog Roscoe... And then fed him.  

I brewed a Keurig coffee, and I headed up to the office determined to write a story for STLB. 

I turned on the computer, and I double clicked on the Chrome browser, then googled "Stories to Live by."

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The other side of Mother Teresa: Chief Executive Officer

Relic of Mother Teresa

I heard in the news that Pope Francis recognized the 2nd miracle of Mother Teresa and a Holy See spokesman said that Mother Teresa should be proclaimed a saint in September 2016.  Rightfully so because in our lifetime, we experienced and saw a small woman who started Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious order to help the poorest of the poor.  The organization with 13 nuns in 1950 grew to over 4,000 full time staff and was active in 134 countries. Since Mother Teresa death in 1997 the organization kept growing and continue to serve hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counseling programs; orphanages; and schools.

I asked myself, “There must be another side of Mother Teresa that we should learn other than being a saint. What is it?”

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Don’t be a Tightwad. Let Go and Enjoy Life.

Life is like a Cruise|Stories to Live By

There’s a story of a woman who wanted to go on a luxury cruise. She pinched pennies and saved for years, foregoing many small pleasures in order to put away cash for her dream cruise.

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Lesson Learned from Eddie The Eagle Movie

Stories to Live By, Never Give Up

At the closing ceremony of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, the chief executive officer of the Olympics Committee said to the athletes, “You have captured our hearts and filled our memories.  You have broken world records and you even established personal best.”  Looking over his shoulder at the competitors of 57 countries, he continued “Some of you… have even soared like an eagle.”

At the mention of English ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, 60,000 voices in McMahon stadium roared like one.

28 years later, the Eagle is still soaring and will continue to capture the hearts of the people.  Eddie’s legacy was cemented in the annals of Olympic history for inspiring people of his relentless attitude, and undying spirit to compete.   By the way, Eddie was the goat of the ski jumping events.  Yes, that was not a typo, Eddie did not win any medals at all.

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Colonel Sanders and his Adversity Quotient (AQ)

Colonel sanders Adversity Quotient

In Notes from a Friend, Tony Robbins shared the story about Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken:

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Chivalry, Cheating, and 2nd Chance - Lesson Learned from The Intern Movie

Oftentimes people do not realize what they have is the best there is until it is broken.

A Baby boomer works with a Millennial. The 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) became a senior intern assigned as personal assistant to online fashion internet start-up founder Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).

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