"Notes" of An Elder

The actual use of our time, talent, and treasure speaks volumes about what we truly value.

Nothing in life is of any value unless it is shared with others.

"Notes" of An Elder is a depository of pertinent information, knowledge and wisdom. Available weekly will be an elder's "thinking menu" for your use. Enjoy this bounty.

  • Silence is a form of approval.

  • Be more of a leader who is fighting for something, not against something.

  • What’s going on in your head isn’t the same as what’s going on in someone else’s head.

  • Culture describes the shared beliefs, behavioral patterns, and social norms of group members.

  • Knowledge is God’s gift to the mind.

  • “Reappraise the past, re-evaluate where we’ve been, clarify where we are, and predict or anticipate where we are headed.” — Toni Cade Bambara

  • Goal: To become an expert in some aspect of life.

  • The price of winning can be greater than the pain of losing.

  • Intellectually spend time in highly positive environments that will invigorate and feed your optimism.


  • The language of love and hate

  • The language of truth and happy

  • The language of humor and hope

  • The language of unity and courage

  • The language of profanity and street

  • The language of understanding and optimism

  • When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, and others build windmills.

  • Some people want you to think with them while others want you to think for them.

  • Always allow a person to be wrong safely and with respect.

  • No one thinks they are the problem, and that’s the problem.

  • To stay relevant and indispensable, you have to consistently upgrade and reinvent yourself.

  • You don’t convince people. People convince themselves.

  • Respect knowledge that is superior to your own.

  • During hard times you may be one of the few bright spots in someone’s life.

  • The actual use of our time, talent, and treasure speaks volumes about what we truly value.

Magic Question

What does justice look like?

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