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Calvin and Hobbes

Many of you are familiar with the cartoon strip, Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin is a little boy with an overactive imagination and a stuffed tiger, Hobbes, who comes to life as his imaginary friend. In one cartoon strip, Calvin turns to his friend Hobbes and says, "I feel bad I called Susie names and hurt her feelings. I'm sorry I did that."

Hobbes replies, "Maybe you should apologize to her."

Calvin thinks about it for a moment and then responds, "I keep hoping there's a less obvious solution."

Many of us keep looking for a less obvious solution. We know we've done something to hurt someone around us. But we are so hesitant to say, "I'm sorry." I'm convinced that while those two words are some of the hardest words for us to say, they are...

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The airline pilot announced over the intercom, “Folks, I've got good news and bad news for you. The bad news is...we’re lost. The good news is...we’re making great time!”

It’s too easy to live our lives like that, isn't it? Making great time, but not sure if we’re heading in the right direction.

It’s been provocatively said, “Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” The problem is...they know they would like to accomplish something...

Read more: Four Important Questions

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Leith Anderson, a minister, shared this experience: As a boy, he grew up outside of New York City and was an avid fan of the old Brooklyn Dodgers. One day his father took him to a World Series game between the Dodgers and the Yankees. He was so excited, and he just knew the Dodgers would trounce the Yankees. Unfortunately, the Dodgers never got on base, and his excitement was shattered.

Years later, he was engrossed in a conversation with a man who was a walking sports almanac. Leith told him...

Read more: The Bigger Picture