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Old world wisdom, new world insight – poems, poetry, philosophy, dreams, commentary, ideas


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Don’t flip a coin! Make a decision.

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Many decisions are made that affect people. People represent potential vendors, current clients, prospective candidates for hire, and even love interests. The decisions we make as leaders influence us and everyone around us financially, physically, and spiritually.

As a leader, It makes sense to slow down and resist the urge to have a knee-jerk reaction to an issue, especially if it is not a crisis situation.

We could flip a coin. Or, it may be wiser to use the following time-tested decision models for any particular cross-roads. It may facilitate that impulse buy at the yacht dealer, inviting a new member to the club, or acting/reacting to a poignant situation involving conflict or praise. 

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An ancient act of forgiveness

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Many great stories have been told and written
which describe people of good moral character.

Some in the face of temptation
and others in the face of anger and death
are tested from the point of heartbreak  to the point of extinction.

If we as believers are called to be forgiving,
surely our actions will appear as defiant to some
because many of today’s “authoritarians”
do not understand the concept of forgiveness.

Can an argument over an interpretation be good cause to end a relationship?

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There is hope

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The difference between
being on a leash or in a cage
means that either way, this perspective
still makes for a dog’s life.

Under someone’s thumb
causes every effort to seek out freedom
where it can be found
and forget the ties that bind. Continue reading


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Clouds of snow

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

“Clouds . . .
of snow
lying on the ground,”
the old man with a white beard
shivered,
recounting his childhood.

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You are a guru if

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The light switch by the door in the off position.
Time to turn the switch on.

The lamp in the center of the ceiling uses power
through the switch to illuminate the room.

Everything in the room is surrounded by the lamp light
except the thing that energizes the lamp. Continue reading


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You woke up, today. You won

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

He walked out of the war zone.
Almost no one survived the barrage.

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The only way to inherit the Earth

By Lawrence J. J. Leonard

There is a specific Holy Scripture that is an eyewitness account
of what Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, said to a large gathering in Galilee
which came from Syria and Judea:

 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
~Matthew 5:3

Then, He throws a curve by adding: Continue reading