Wednesday

Interlude

An interlude is a brief rest, a brief time of calming or reflection. Take a breath: a new year is just around the corner.
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Purpose

As a young man, I had a vision of how life might be – how I wanted it to be. I made some choices, sacrificing some things for other things, with a wordless conviction that the path of my life would be in pursuit of that vision. I could have
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Contentment

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking the whole world belong to you. [Lao-Tzu, Poem 44.] Being rich is being happy with what you have. My father taught me this as he aged. He would walk out of our
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Commitment Fidelity

Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. [Helen Keller] Fidelity to a commitment to the highest good is the pinnacle of human ethical development. When a person’s entire being is devoted to the most
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Revolution

Revolution is the action of many major changes. The word is associated with violence but violence need not necessarily accompany or precede change. Non-violent revolutions occur in science, art and every other system of endeavor with established norms. Even in politics, a revolution may be non-violent, though often it is
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Evanescence

We dole out our lives in dinner parties and plane flights, and it’s over before we know it. We lose everyone we love, if they don’t lose us first, and every single thing we do is intended to distract from that reality. [Armistead Maupin, Mary Ann in Autumn (Harper, 2010), p.
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Engagement

Early on, we identified “engaging the world” as a basic building block for ethical and personal development. This refers to engaging at some level, coming out of the cocoon. Engagement as an aspect of flourishing refers to being fully engaged in the affairs of life: in one’s activities and one’s
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Political Equality

People have always schemed to gain political advantage over others. In the long age of kings, political equality was not even discussed but since democracy began to emerge in the late eighteenth century, more and more, people have sought and sometimes demanded political equality. For women in the United States,
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Vigor – Avidity

Energy expressed through action is vigor. You can tell the difference between a sports team that is playing with spirit and energy, and one that is going through the motions. Or think of a colony of ants scurrying about to build a nest, or a swarm of bees defending a
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Devotion

The political and journalistic world can boast of very few heroes who compare with Father Damien of Moloka’i. It is worthwhile to look for the sources of such heroism. [Mohandas Gandhi commenting on the life of Damien de Veuster] To be devoted to something is to belong to it alone.
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