Jack’s Winning Words 7/27/15
“Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (defense) and risk (growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.” (Abraham Maslow) Maslow was a famous 20th century psychologist who believed that it was more important to focus on the positive qualities of a person than to point out their negatives. In a similar way, he said that it’s more important to make positive life choices that show growth than to “play it safe” and avoid risk. ;-) Jack
FROM TARMART REV: Out of 10, 9 will take care of the negative aspects of a person . . . I like to be the 1 out of 10 who will walk along looking at the positives . . . getting burned at times, but learning a great deal about that person and sitting a little closer to their heart than the other nine. ====JACK: One of the "burdens" of being a pastor is being looked upon as the epitome of righteousness. The same could be said of the those who espouse living the positive life. There's a risk, but I'll take the chance.
FROM HONEST JOHN: "Never interrupt an enemy when he is destroying himself". Suggests that not attacking may sometimes be a wise strategy.====JACK: I suppose that would be a good strategy to use during political campaigns. During your debate experience, I'll bet you could hardly contain yourself when the opponent was using words that would ultimately destroy his/her position. ====JOHN: I loved those people.====JACK: Agápe, éros, or philía?
FROM BB IN ILLINOIS: Interesting thought for the day; thanks for sharing. I suppose this is another life-balance issue. If you never go out on a limb, life can be pretty boring but also, secure. Children especially need security yet we encourage them to step out.====JACK: I remember when we let David use the car for the first time. He went to Detroit with a couple of friends to see a Tigers game. Afterwards, as he got on the freeway, he noticed that the fuel gauge was below empty (I had forgotten to fill the gas tank). He got off the freeway at the next exit and found himself in a deserted part of town. Finally he saw a gas station on one of the streets, but didn't know how to get back on the freeway, so finally saw a familiar street name and followed it...the long and slow way home. Meanwhile, we were waiting and waiting and imagining. He learned a lot that night, and so did we.
FROM CHESTER THE GOOD: NO RISK, NO GAIN.====JACK: In football, which is more important? Offense or defense?====CHESTER: History shows that the team with the best offense wins more often. However, Dick Butkus helped win a lot of games. When in doubt, punt!
FROM SBP IN FLORIDA: Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs has been a guiding influence in my life. The principle of "keepin on keepin on" helps in the progress from one level to another. In my administrative days, after desegregation, when planning teacher training, Maslow's hierarchy became a source of purpose for staff with their work with pupils. Self-actualization promotes positive relationships. (And self-actualization may be realized in bits and pieces along the way.)====JACK: I was wondering when (and who) would come up with the famous Hierarchy of Needs. He's not the only one who's done that. We each do our own every day when we make our choices.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: I wonder if Maslow plays the stock market?!?====JACK: My wife is a low-risk type of person. I'm a little bit higher than the middle.
FROM FACEBOOK LIZ: LAL.===JACK: That's better than LOL.