Archive for February, 2013

February 28, 2013

What You Do Is What You’ll Get

What You Do Is What You’ll Get
By Michael Josephson of Character Counts (784.1)

If you want to help your children do well in life,
there are a few things you can do. A high proportion of
high achievers had two things in common:

First, there were lots of books in their homes and a
great emphasis on reading; second, there was a family
tradition of regularly eating dinner together.
Filling a house with books surrounds children with
endless and varied opportunities and challenges to
explore and learn. Books provide knowledge and the
seeds of wisdom and great stories teach about morality
and character.

Eating dinner together assures that parents have an
opportunity to participate in their kids’ day-to-day
lives and help shape the way they think and react.
Coordinating schedules so that the family eats together
often requires a conscious effort to elevate family
time above other things, and the effort itself instills
in children a sense of belonging.

But we can do more than promote reading and family
discussions to offset all the bad influences our kids
are exposed to. Remember, everything we do to, or in
front of, our children matters; what we allow, what we
encourage, and what we do ourselves teaches our
children how to live and conveys powerful messages
about values.

So, be sensitive as to what you say and how you say it,
what you read and what you watch on TV. Be especially
careful in the way you handle relationships and deal
with emotions like disappointment, anger and
frustration because what you do is what you’ll get.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character

(c) 2013 Josephson Institute of Ethics; reprinted with
permission. Michael Josephson, one of the nation’s
leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson
Institute of Ethics and the premier youth character
education program, CHARACTER COUNTS! For further
information visit

February 28, 2013

Pure Love

Everyone says that love hurts, but that’s not true.
Loneliness hurts. Rejections hurts. Losing someone hurts.
Everyone confuses these things with love, but in reality,
LOVE is the only thing in this world that covers up all the pain and makes us feel wonderful again.

from The Mountain:
and guess who is pure love?

Thank you for inviting MountainWings into your mailbox.
Change a life, give a friend MountainWings.
See you tomorrow.
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February 26, 2013


ONE is the smallest whole number, yet the most significant.

We often think of the big numbers; hundreds, thousands, and millions. Life really boils down to ONE.
One aspect of ONE, I am divinely commanded to help at least ONE person, each day.

That does two things.

First, it helps the other person. Whether it is just a
compliment, a dollar given to a homeless person, or even
something so small as holding the door open for someone, it is help. It helps ease the burden of life for someone.

Second, it makes me focus on someone other than myself. This world is geared to make us self-centered.
After all, we have enough stuff of our own to deal with without trying to solve someone else’s problems.
We don’t have enough money for us so we focus on the two outside letters of "money" instead on the three inside letters.

We don’t have enough time for us.
We don’t have enough joy, peace, and happiness for us.
We need our relationships improved.
We need a compliment and an uplift.
We need help.
We often don’t have time to think of helping someone else.

There is a funny thing about helping some"one" else.
When you are helping someone else, for that moment in time, your own problems are diminished.
I will tell you to do as I try to do,
"Help someone every day."

If you don’t have anything to give them or to spare,
give them this.

Give them MountainWings.
Suppose you asked, or emailed, or called ONE person and got them to join MountainWings?

It won’t cost you one penny.
It will only take a few minutes, probably less than three.
During those three minutes, your problems will diminish.
Maybe you will have to call three people to get ONE to join.

That’s nine minutes.

As I write this, I think to myself, "When was the last time
I personally got anyone to join MountainWings?"

It has been so long, I can’t remember. I meet a lot of people.

Most of them need help in one form or another.
Most of them would be greatly helped by MountainWings.
Today, I will get at least ONE. I will help at least ONE.
Will it change the world if you get ONE person to join?
It will change THAT person’s world.

Everyday. What a gift!

Jesus said, "I tell you there is more joy in heaven over ONE sinner who changes his heart and life, than over ninety-nine good people who don’t need to change." (Luke 15:7 NCV)
Help ONE person today.
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February 26, 2013

When We Hate Our Enemies

"When we hate our enemies we give them power over
us–power over our sleep, our appetites, our happiness.
They would dance with joy if they knew how much they
were worrying us. Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but it is turning our days and our nights into hellish
turmoil." — Dale Carnegie

February 24, 2013


We crawl before we walk.
We learn arithmetic before algebra.
We must fix ourselves before we can fix others.
If you want to make a change in another person’s life,
the place to begin is with yourself, not with your
parents or your boyfriend or girlfriend or your
professor or your boss.
All change begins with you.
It’s inside out; not outside in.

— Sean Covey

February 23, 2013

Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Business without ethics
Science without humanity
Religion without sacrifice
Politics without principle.

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