Maxim Monday: Praise Hope

The sun rises, even in winter in Alaska. By ra64 from nome, usa (sunrise 12:45pm 12/22/06) via Wikimedia Commons

Expectation, desire, wishes, ambition - these are words associated with hope (so Google tells me). As with most things, these words can express extremes. They can conjure up a fantasy world disconnected with the harsh realities of life, the worst of 'magical thinking.' Or they can be expressions of a positive attitude, high expectations, and the best of magical thinking.This ancient oracle encourages us to praise hope, so let's look to the second, more positive take on this word. I'm an … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Be on your guard

In this picture I see clear eyes, patience, and preparedness. "An infantryman assigned with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, stands guard during a patrol as part of Operation Yorktown in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, Sept. 27, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trenton Elijah Harris." Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

I don't advocate going through life paranoid or afraid at every turn. Lots of bad stuff happens in this world, much of it things out of our control. Most people go about their own business and are not out to get anyone. Yet I think being on our guard is good advice.Going through my day being on my guard means being prepared, being flexible, with strong boundaries and good posture, and using the twin tools of discernment, listening and observing.Being prepared is a good way to be on … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Be jealous of no one

Allegory of Jealousy by Luca Ferrari

Welcome back to my Maxim Monday series, where we look at the values and advice given by the Delphic Oracle. We're only about half way through all of the Delphic Maxims!"Be jealous of no one" - this is great advice, for all spheres of life. Wanting what another a person has can be quite motivating or inspiring. What causes problems is the negativity and resentment that can come with wanting what other people have. If we start dwelling on what others have, we start to view our own possessions … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Honor a benefaction

I actually had to look up what a benefaction is. I figured it meant something positive. It does: a charitable gift or deed. Honor gifts given or good deeds done.How can we do this? I think a simple 'thank you' is always sufficient and in good taste. The art of thank you cards seems to have died out, but are always a nice touch. Sometimes an email or phone call to say thank you can work just as well. Perhaps this means not giving anonymously? Allowing others to thank you for your donations or … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Do what you mean to do

Intention. Do what you mean to do. Do what you say you will do. Follow through.These phrases are what come to mind with today's maxim. Along with the aphorism: the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But see, words and desires not followed through on were never really intentional. They were empty words, half-considered actions.This maxim asks us to do several things. First, we have to decide what it is we want to do. What is it we mean to do? What is the outcome I'm hoping for, … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Use your skill

All of us are skilled at something. Maybe you are a violinist, a carpenter, or speak two languages. Maybe you knit or craft or bake the best muffins in your town. Maybe you kick ass at video games, play a mean game of foosball, or know how to carve wooden swords. I don't know, but I'll bet all of us are good at more than one thing. So the questions this raises for me are: are you valuing the skills you have? And, how are you using them?Often times our skills can be put to use for the benefit … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Down-look No One

This translation seems really clunky to me. I suppose it means to say "don't look down on anyone." If this is the accurate translation, I have to admit that I fail at this one. I don't suffer fools lightly. As I get older I find I am more patient and compassionate. Those two things help soften and reduce my tendency to condescend.But basically, I suck at this one. I think the less said, the better. … [Read more...]


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