“…Many people walk in and out of your life, but only love will leave footprints in your heart…”

The Cab Ride . . I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. . . The door opened. A small woman in her 90′s stood before […]

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“…Some of us have allowed ourselves to be CHAINED to the past, because they either don’t understand, or refuse to accept…”

Focusing on the past closely predicts your future.  I have a dear friend that I’ve known since the 7th grade…. About 1953.  He lives, totally, in the 50’s and 60’s.  I don’t criticize him…no way, as he is wise, loyal, and a committed friend… what more could you ask for?  Never the less; he focuses […]

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“…A good listener doesn’t necessarily make a good leader, but a good leader will almost always be a good listener….”

How would you rate your listening skills?  I’m better today in that department than I’ve been in many years. As a senior leader, I didn’t focus on me listening, rather I was concerned only with my peers, or subordinates listening to me. Old, and bad, habits are hard to break….right? Well, just listening is really […]

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“… Telling us also, that he never went past the 3rd grade, not because he was dumb, but because his daddy was in the 4th grade, and he didn’t want to pass him…”

My step-Father…. the late Henry Schenke Brooks, was a Master at not letting anyone take his joy and happiness. Sure there were a few exceptions.  In the nine years that I lived under his roof, I learned the basic core-values of life. Dad Brooks learned early on, in his life that JOY was a gift […]

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“…if you have to resort to profanity to express yourself, then, you’re only proving that you have a limited vocabulary….”

What will we be known for?  What will people remember about us?  That, down the road, they can tell stories about.  No, I’m not talking in terms of LEGACY; rather those lasting impressions we leave on some, of whom, paths we crossed. I run across people all the time, who tell me something (I’ve long […]

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“…But, “before you think that I think,” that I’m Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes,” consider this…”

I ABSOLUTELY refuse to take a drink of any type of alcohol, even beer, wine, or champagne. I refuse to smoke, use profanity, or drink coffee. I’ve NEVER taken or used any type of illegal drug. Some of my friends make fun of me regarding my quirky nature regarding these rather mundane issues. Here’s why […]

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“…Why not pay more attention to doing Preventive Maintenance on our Marriages….”

  PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE: A procedure of inspecting, testing, and reconditioning a SYSTEM at regular intervals according to specific instructions, intended to prevent failures in service or to retard deterioration. So, then, what are we talking about? Buildings, plants, equipment, landscaping, tools and mechanical equipment. Local streets, Interstate Highway Systems, swimming pools, personal residences, and vegetable […]

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“…Many of you may recall that this idea was hatched on LINKEDIN, and I’m forever grateful for the platform that their website allowed me….”

Today is a celebration of sorts…. I have completed 365 daily postings, which was a personal commitment that I made to myself, and to God, when I started this adventure on the internet, now known as BrOOKS-of-WISDOM.  Many of you may recall that this idea was hatched on LINKEDIN, and I’m forever grateful for the […]

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“…Remember: satan and his gang… they all buy their clothes at the same store that we do….”

Don’t judge a book by its cover. You don’t know who is sitting next to you, most of the time; or likely, you don’t even know your neighbor….very well. Often, we associate “greatness” with wealth and social stature. They are, and should be, totally unrelated. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing some fairly rich people […]

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“…You’re probably thinking that I’ve run out of “good topics” to write about, but please….. Hold the applause….”

Resentment is a condition that if allowed to go un-checked, will ultimately affect our disposition, well-being, self-respect, and potentially, our career.  Resentment is a form of anger, and one in which we should develop abilities to modify our own behavior, so that we don’t let resentment turn into a full-fledged case of anger.  Resentment is […]

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