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Tables & Enemies

God prepares tables in the presence of enemies. This is one of the benefits that comes with being a Christian. When Jesus is your friend, he takes his white tux and wraps it around you, right in front of your enemies, just to tick them off.

It might sound insensitive to be so insensitive to mean, cruel, oppressive—well, to enemies. But, flaunting a little lack of concern for people who want to do you harm comforts the soul. Nothing is as reassuring as the Almighty setting up tables topped with white linens and fancy banquets all ready to eat.

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Fears Feed on Fear

Many evil deeds are impossible against those who do not fear whatever harm evil might do.

Evil, wicked men plot and plan terrible things, but those things cannot begin unless people fall into panic. And, let us not forget that part of the war against evil is against spirits and demons who literally feed on fear and grow larger and more powerful in size the more people are afraid of what has not yet happened.

Next time terrors and fears come knocking on your door, treat them as an alien sentience: Ignore them. Focus your planning on paths of love.

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Love Cures Crazy

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Mental conditions originate from many sources, whether medical or emotional-physical abuse or a learning style ignored or a type of autism wrongly reacted to. Situations like these get worse and worse, spiraling around a self-smothering cocoon of crazy. Once cocooned up in the crazy tree, no one can help that person more than that person is willing.

Everyone feels the pull to climb crazy trees at times. The only thing that pulls us down from climbing crazy is love from other people. Knowing that someone on the ground loves us and calls out to us can call us back down.

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Axe Your Packs

Moving forward often requires placing our favored pet projects on the chopping block to move forward without them.

It's easy to see which projects need the axe, but accepting so proves more difficult. Right away, we know what costs more and can't carry its own weight—which projects don't sow "good karma" (so to speak) and which ones generate the necessary buzz of a "freemium" business model.

The keepers stay afloat, being able to generate and lift. Some things need carrying in their beginnings, but you can only carry so much baggage. Axe whatever weighs more than you can carry.

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Visit People

Take time out of your business to travel, sit, and talk face to face with people. Cancel important things. Cut your business profits. Ax. Hack. Chop off something you are doing that needs to be done. Make the sacrifice that won't kill you so that other people can encounter you in the flesh.

Sometimes it is rejuvenating and your own work list actually gets more items checked-off after a personal encounter. You need that encounter as much as other people do.

Some face-to-face time helps relationships because it's the right thing to do, costing everyone less time in the end.

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Pride or Principle

Most matters gridlocked by personal pride are cloaked as matters of "principle". They're not.

It seems like a matter of principle when you're mad as an angry bull and can only see the color red. "I can't let him get away with doing that to me," the attitude goes. "It's about the principle!"

Principles are important. Without them society breaks down entirely. So, look at the deeper principles truly at stake—much ado about little, mountains grown from ant hills, grown adults squabbling over matters so silly, children can't notice the difference. Being petty is also a matter of principle.

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Call Crazy Crazy

Don't be numb to crazy. People who drive people crazy are probably crazy people. Review the personality disorders and a handful of the top complexes.

"Mental health" means living a productive life, maintaining happy friendships, ability to adapt, and being able to deal with adversity—not melting down or throwing a tantrum because of an opponent. One of the sure signs that someone needs professional intervention is an inability to take responsibility and be a Good Samaritan when circumstance obviously dictates.

Anyone can learn about mental health. When you see crazy, don't fret and snowball your angry, recommend professional help.

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Why It’s All Predictable

Almost everything is predictable and for good reason. Some things don't change. If you understand those things, fewer things will catch you off guard. Those things that don't change are timeless principles.

Usually, it is an indication of antisocial tendency when someone can't anticipate what consequences will follow certain choices and actions. If someone can't tell where their choices will lead, they may not understand timeless principles either. In this sense, everyone suffers from antisocial tendencies on some level.

Learn wisdom, moral principles, timeless truths, and others' pasts. The more you understand history, the less the future will surprise you.

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Talk in Person

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If you can address a conflict in person, do it. Handling problems in public or in groups always makes things easier. Courts don't allow evidence to be used without first being inspected by both the defendant and plaintiff. This is for good reason.

The cost of public humiliation doesn't only humiliate the humiliated, it humiliates the public. Everyone has problems. Everyone knows everyone has problems. Those who deny their own problems stir the public into lynching others. But, that's when the public accidentally lynches the Hunchback.

Publicity trump cards come at a cost: They make matters worse. Talk in person.

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Talk in Person

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If you can address a conflict in person, do it. Handling problems in public or in groups always makes things easier. Courts don't allow evidence to be used without first being inspected by both the defendant and plaintiff. This is for good reason.

The cost of public humiliation doesn't only humiliate the humiliated, it humiliates the public. Everyone has problems. Everyone knows everyone has problems. Those who deny their own problems stir the public into lynching others. But, that's when the public accidentally lynches the Hunchback.

Publicity trump cards come at a cost: They make matters worse. Talk in person.

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Take the Patient Road

Everyone, everywhere has been told and has learned that hard work pays off. So, take the road with the hardest work. Choose the paths that pay.

Shortcuts can be useful in developing areas, but neither as permanent routs nor long term strategies. Cutting the soap consumption, reducing towel waste by 10%, downsizing 2% of the labor force, and buying up brands that only the selling founders understand might improve figures for the month or even the quarter, but they are no framework of an ongoing strategy.

As with art, body building, and innovation, the champion's secret ingredient is elbow grease.

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Move Forward

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Life has it's changes, ups, and downs. People make mistakes, companies change their policies as they learn with the tide of markets and deviants, such as spammers. Hold your course. Keep your heading.

Move forward.

It is said that the best revenge is massive amounts of success. Let your success speak for itself. Once you have pushed past the waves, whoever and whatever besought your defeat won't matter anymore. It won't keep you awake at night once you're through the storm. So, it shouldn't keep you awake during the storm.

By pushing through the winds and the waves, you'll win.

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Unforeseen Dependence

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Don't count on anything. The moment you craft for yourself any reliance on what the future might bring, you're locked into the unknown and render yourself a leaf in the breeze.

Abandon old structures. Drop shame. Withdraw perfectionism. Be your best, be yourself, and march onward.

We can't know what the future might bring. Making oneself dependent on any outcome—when such dependence is anything but necessary—is lifestyle Russian roulette. The way through the future is agile strength and adaptive readiness, not stock planning nor course plotting.

Usually, dependence on the future stems from immaturely prioritizing wants above needs.

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Presentable Presentation

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A kid handed me a paper with a Bible verse written on it. The way he handed it to me didn't make sense. It drooped down to the floor. His hand was closer to me than the actual paper. The side of the paper facing me was blank.

I honestly didn't know what he was handing me, if it was a joke or he just didn't understand presentation.

He needed the talk on giving something to someone: so the recipient knows what it is.

Rather than ranting about marketing, I'll merely mention both marketing and precious diamonds in their rough.

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