Short but Solid Character Building Concepts

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Reading these will not build character but putting them into practice will. Respond to situations instead of reacting to circumstances. Response requires you to make choices and reaction is doing what comes naturally. Since we are by nature self-centered, doing what comes naturally will most likely be self-serving. Act as if everyone knows your address […]

Christmas Day Prayer

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  Our Father in heaven we worship and adore you. Thank you for sending your Son to become flesh and to live on earth so that we might more fully know and understand who You are and what You want us to become.  The words You have given us through Your prophets, messengers and scripture […]

Giving people are more interesting and engaging than folks who are merely gifted. 

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Fenton Five 5.  “Progressive” and “conservative” labels are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Making progress is of little value if you are not going in the right direction. Clinging to longtime values is not a virtue if the values are not good. Last month I heard a self-proclaimed “progressive” express his delight that a protest had effectively […]

Begin your day with…

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Fenton Five Daily Leadership Affirmations: Begin your day by doing the following and you will find that  these affirmations are more effective than one cup of your favorite caffeine and with the only side effect of a productive day , but you still may want your morning caffeine as well. 5.  I will set realistic […]

Fenton Leadership Five

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Fenton Leadership Five Moving forward is always preceded by looking ahead. Effective leaders focus on creating tomorrow rather than second guessing yesterday.  While understanding past failures is a necessary step to avoid repeating them, excessive reliving our mistakes is not only counter-productive, it can lead to self-pity.  If any verse was left out of the […]

Shorter than usual but worth the read:

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Fenton Five 5.  Character is both who you are and what you do. Regardless of how good your stated values are and how honorable your intentions, you do not have good character unless it is reflected in the choices you make and the actions you take. 4. Arrogance and worry are similar. Arrogance never asks […]

Fenton Five: Graduation Edition

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Below are five brief thoughts I invite you to share with the 2017 graduates. 5. Determine to contribute to the good of humanity and begin with contributing to the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of those around you now. If you are not interested in improving the quality of life of those you know, you […]