Paying Actions Forward (Haiku Series #208)

Character Counts

Guiding principle

Building lasting foundation—

Honesty always

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Gift for Tomorrow

Righteous citizens

Preserving lasting good name—

Sharing goodwill

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Setting the Table

Each generation

Integrity’s highest road

Inheriting trust

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O. Henry Quotes

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We can’t buy one minute of time with cash; if we could, rich people would live longer.

No friendship is an accident.

O. Henry, the pen name of William Henry Porter (1862-1910), was an American writer who mastered the art of crafting short stories.

Nel Noddings Quotes

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Everything we do, then, as teachers, has moral overtones.

It still amazes me that we insist on teaching algebra to all students when only about 20 percent will ever us it and fail to teach anything about parenting when the vast majority of our students will become parents.

Nel Noddings (1929-2022) was an American educator and philosopher.  Her teaching career included 17 years as an elementary and high school teacher along with serving in administrative positions.  Before retiring in 1998, her career moved into teaching and administrative positions at Stanford, Columbia, and Colgate universities.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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We have all to find our niche in life, and spiritually we find it when we receive our ministry from the Lord.

From Acts 20:24:  “But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher.  Following his death from an illness while in Egypt during World War I, his wife took on the task of transcribing the detailed notes she had written from his lectures and sermons.  Gertrude Hobbs Chambers’ efforts resulted in the publication in 1924 of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  I frequently read from this devotional, and it has greatly deepened my faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Famous and Rich

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Growing up with little

On life’s other side of

Prosperity’s tracks

Feeling little love

 

Orphaned and now alone

Facing endless trials

Not famous and rich

Walking distant miles

 

Mansion never lived in

Dreaming of special place

Emptiness drains time

Leaving drifter’s race

 

Searching for happiness

Another evening fire

Nomad’s life stirring

Finding what inspires

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Jeff Bridges Quotes

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Memories are not just about the past.  They determine our future.

I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see, and then . . . one day . . . I got in!

Jeff Bridges (born 1949) is an American film actor who has the ability to play a variety of roles.  His work has been rewarded with one Academy Award (a total of seven nominations) as well as two Golden Globes.

James A. Baldwin Quotes

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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.

American-born James A. Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote a variety of works in novels, essays, short stories, and plays. He was also an active participant in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

Rod McKuen Quotes

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Cats have it all–admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.

Unless you call attention to your presence, who will know you’re there.

American Rod McKuen (1933-2015) was a distinguished poet, songwriter, and actor.  During the late 1960s, his poetry was some of the most sought after.  

Coming Ashore

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Sailing stormy seas

Harbor welcomes home

 

Each victory won

Drifting back ashore

 

Future never waits

Grasping dreams today

 

Breathing youthful pride

Joy running ashore

 

Dropping life’s anchor

Haven’s quiet place

 

Yesterday’s wishes

Bringing each ashore

 

Recalling each step

Gifts for tomorrow

 

Fading memories

Past stepping ashore

 

Love shining brightly

Embracing new life

 

Fulfilling journey

Life coming ashore

 

Maturing spirit

Quest’s uplifting star

 

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Robert Greene Quotes

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You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear.

Understand:  you are one of a kind.  Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history.

Robert Greene (born 1959) is an American author.  He has written six international bestsellers based around the topics of strategy and power.