“…To exercise REASON, is not something that we humans do well…as we, seemingly, are too emotional…”

Image result for caricature of :go ahead...make my day."REASON: Ok…so… Let’s be reasonable.  This is one of my favorite phrases…It’s so… “All-encompassing.” The thing about being “reasonable,” is that it is a wonderful attribute, for ANYONE, be they in business, social setting, a family circumstance…or even a religious situation. Being able to “exercise reasonableness,” is a SKILL that we all should emulate.

Even God thought it was worthwhile, so He included it in the Bible. ISAIAH 1:18 – “Come now, let us REASON together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

But… to exercise REASON, is not something that we humans do well…as we, seemingly, are too emotional; especially about half of us. Which half is up for speculation? But for those who do well, in reasoning, are much more logical; more grounded, and, I believe, more intellectual; which is a trait of successful leaders, and one that will sustain their leadership status for an extended period of time.

Ask yourself….”Am I being reasonable?” Some 40 years ago, my eldest son was told to be home by 11PM. He was about 10 minutes late, and I took away his car privileges for 30 days. He took it on the chin, because he knew I was a “strong disciplinarian.”

” But… the next morning, he “calmly” told me that he “felt that I was being a bit unreasonable,” as the crime didn’t seem to fit the punishment. I agreed with him, and lifted the punishment to “time served.” I was proud of him for coming to his own defense; not just because he was “more right than I was,” but because he handled it as a seasoned adult.

My son, at age 16, taught me one of the more important lessons I’ve ever learned… to exercise REASON.


About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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