The King’s Speech

I am always amazed by the power our words have.  Sometimes, I wish more people would think more about the meaning of what they say.  Today I watched The King’s Speech.  I know I am behind the times on this, but wow what a great movie!  The acting and the cinematography were quite fantastic.  If you have not yet seen The King’s Speech please do – and keep in mind the quote below.  It is applicable to everyone, not just kings.

King George VI: By divine right if you must, I am your king.
Lionel Logue: No you’re not, you told me so yourself. You didn’t want it. Why should I waste my time listening?
King George VI: Because I have a right to be heard. I have a voice!

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On the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! Happy 235th Birthday America!

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about the cause of some of America’s problems.  It seems that in the age of “me, me, me” that we have forgotten how to become united, how to be a real country that believes in itself, in its people, and in its ideals.  So, today, on America’s birthday, I thought I would share a few quotes from a great president that really sum up how we should think and how we should interact so that we can move forward productively and positively:

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”
– John F. Kennedy

And so that we can celebrate:

Yesterday, I read an article about the national anthem.  Apparently, there is a growing movement to change the national anthem to something that is easier to sing and to something that is not about a battle that few people know about (perhaps that is an issue that education could fix?).  Regardless, I’m a big fan of The Star Spangled Banner:

Reflections on Graduation Cards

Tomorrow will be four weeks since graduation!  Wow, I don’t even know where they have gone.  I had been so worried that there would be nothing to do at home and I was certainly wrong.  It is strange – I don’t think it has entirely hit me that I will not be back at the University of Denver in the fall.  Nevertheless, I am working on those next steps in life.

I have gone through graduation cards and whatnot and was reflecting that some contain some really meaningful messages.  I want to share just a sampling of the thoughts and wisdom these cards are imparting on me.

Of course, this means that I did not write these things, and for some I really have no idea who did.  Nevertheless, thank you and the credit belongs to you.

What is Success?

Setting goals, but not in concrete.
Staying focused, but turning aside to help someone.
Following a plan, but remaining flexible.
Moving ahead, but not too fast to smell the flowers.
Taking a bow, but applauding those who had a part in your success.

Always stay true to your calling, and you’ll make the world a better place… changing lives as you go, showing what it means to live with devotion, integrity, and passion.

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”
– Joseph Addison

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Quote #25 – Wisdom

My dad sent this to me this morning as I start my last quarter at the University of Denver:

“The difference between a smart person and a wise person is that a smart person knows what to say and a wise person knows whether or not to say it.”

– Unknown

Quote #24 – Building Castles

From one of my favorite philosophers and writers:

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

I hope that this applies to some recent happenings and decisions in my life…  Here’s hoping for castles in the air!

Quote #23 – Decision Making

While taking a break from writing a paper on a law case (U.S. vs. Hansen), I looked at my Facebook news feed. I saw this quote as someone’s status and thought it appropriate for where I am right now as I consider my options over the next few weeks:

“Are my decisions determining my future or is my future determining my decisions?”

Interesting.  Thought provoking.

I couldn’t tell you about the person whose status it was though.  I’m not sure how I know that person and as deep as the quote is, I have unfriended that person (Gasp!).  I like to know who my “friends” are.  At least that is one decision I have made.

Quote #22 – Friendship

I realized that I have not posted any quotes on here recently, so here goes:

“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

– G. Randolf

I find this quote to be incredibly relevant to my life right now as I finish college and look to a future job and living location.  I have been reconnecting with old friends and making new friends, some of whom I most certainly hope to keep well into the future.  This complicates my life decision regarding living location/job but I have to trust that my memories will always remain and the relationships will continue to be built, regardless of geographic proximity.

Quote #21 – Survival

I came across this quote while distracting myself from finals work on Facebook:

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
-Charles Darwin

While most people think Darwin implied that the stronger survive, it is in fact those who are unable to adapt, who are stuck on the status quo who will fail to continue into perpetuity.  Thus, we can conclude that survival is based on progression – the idea that we need to adapt and change our ways.  This has a lot of repercussions on how we interact with and accept other people – and in the business sense, the necessity of adapting to the market and consumer demand (or creating new demand) to increase profits and sustainability.  Some may disagree with this analysis, but then I guess we shall see who was right when it comes down to our survival.

Midterm Elections / Quote #20

Think about this when considering the next leader you will vote for (if the possibility even exists today):

“He who follows such a pathway in unwavering cheerful service will be seen by many others and, by inspiration, lead them.” – Allowat Sakima

Quote 19 – Advice for How to Be

I am rather behind on posting, but here are two thoughts from Rev. Dr. Jaime Washington:

Be here and be present.

“A wishbone will not suffice where a backbone is needed.”

Wishing for something to happen will not make it happen.  You must put action behind your words.