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We’re all in this together

“Here in America, we don’t let our differences tear us apart,” Michelle Obama once said. “Not here. Because we know that our greatness comes from when we appreciate each other’s strengths, when we learn from each other, when we lean on each other, because, in this country, it’s never been each person for himself or […]

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Things that matter

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” Martin Luther King once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the “With Liberty and Justice for All” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit. –Joy

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A light within

“People are like stained glass windows,” Elisabeth Kubler Ross once said. “They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Kubler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist and author.

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Nothing to prove

“There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect,” says Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest and author. “I am who I am and it’s enough.”

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Becoming

“There is a lot I still don’t know about America, about life, about what the future might bring,” Michelle Obama says in her book Becoming. “But I do know myself. My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often and keep my word. “My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and […]

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What was right for the country

Lyndon Johnson pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress. It made segregation illegal in most public accommodations—including restaurants and bus stations. LBJ knew what he was doing was right for Americans—but he also knew that it wasn’t a good political move for him or the Democratic Party. “I think we’ve just delivered the […]

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Three attributes of leaders

Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times, says that a president needs three attributes: • Humility—the understanding of your limitations • Empathy—the ability to understand other people—people from other races, backgrounds and classes • Resilience—character developed through a past history of failure and success “People don’t change fundamentally,” Goodwin said. “Everyone is broken […]

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