Body of Knowledge

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    Reflecting on the Journey’s Past as a Path to the Future

    - by Joseph Paris

    “True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to him who made us and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle.” – Hugh Blair As we come to the end of another year, it is natural that we find ourselves feeling reflective on the experiences of the past. We might ponder hard-fought battles won and lost. But at what price – time from our families and…

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    A Purge of Distracting Musings

    - by Joseph Paris

    “Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil’s home for temptation and for unprofitable, distracting musings, while labor profiteth others and ourselves.” – Anne Baxter, American Actress The summer is over and it’s time to prepare for the change in seasons… to remember the warmth and joy of summer… to celebrate the bounty of the harvest… to prepare for the cold and dark of winter… And so, it is time to reflect, and to put aside those thoughts thought and lessons learned… squirreled away like acorns for use at some later time.We live in…

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    “Time to Fix the Roof When the Sun is Shining” – Irish Proverb

    - by Joseph Paris

    Let’s face it, Americans have short memories… There are some people in the world that continue to kill and cause mayhem over some transgression that happened so long ago that the original cause has long been forgotten, clouded, or even corrupted, and is irrelevant to life today. There are the Balkans, the Middle East, and most of Africa, whose various conflicts and anxieties are perpetuated from generation to generation over hundreds of years. Then there is the strain born of the history between China and Japan… not to mention the distrust and discord between Eastern Europe and the Russians. ……

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    Cultivating Your Network for Future Harvests

    - by Joseph Paris

    In my last article, “Strings of the Universe… How are You Connected,” I discussed the book The Elegant Universe, by Brian Green, and how the fabric of the universe, “String Theory,” and the “Theory of Everything (TOE)” can be applied to the social dynamics of the human endeavor and how we are all connected like some omnipotent game of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” on steroids (I am three and now you are at least four). I spoke of the need and importance for each of us to develop and tend to our own personal “fabric” to ensure its…

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    Strings of the Universe… How are You Connected?

    - by Joseph Paris

    A few years ago, a good friend of mine loaned me a book entitled “The Elegant Universe,” by Brian Greene. He warned me that there were a lot of physics in it, and that it pertained to the essence of the universe, but that I might be interested in reading it. When I inquired as to why on Earth would it be of interest to me (physics not being a subject matter in which I was fascinated), he responded that he thought that some of the concepts and theories could be adapted to society in general, and business in particular,…

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    Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Run

    - by Joseph Paris

    Kenny Rogers Had It Right…. “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, Know when to walk away and know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.” – Kenny Rogers, The Gambler This was a very popular song back in the 1980’s when Kenny Rogers was at the pinnacle of his career. I always liked it because the refrain (quoted above) resonated with me as being a perfect truth. And not just a truth that was applicable to…

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