Category Archives: Character

White-knuckle sailing

For me, one of life’s great pleasures is sailing, and I always hope for a steady ten to fifteen knot wind. Five to ten knots of wind is pleasant, less than five knots is boring; but the one thing I … Continue reading

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Personality is a bit like soup

Henry Wingblade used to say that Christian personality is hidden deep inside us. It is unseen, like the soup carried in a tureen high over a waiter’s head. No one knows what’s inside the tureen, unless the waiter is bumped … Continue reading

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Growing great simply

Impresario Sol Hurok said that Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated opera singers of the century, hadn’t simply grown great, she’d grown great simply. He said: ‘A few years ago a reporter asked her to name the greatest moment … Continue reading

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The only thing we should fear

When I was in the army our instructors used to tell us that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Anthony de Mello, similarly, tells the … Continue reading

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Success is what you are

There’s never been a time in history when so called ‘successful’ people have been so idolised and admired. For most of us success is judged by the accumulation of wealth, prestige and power. But when judged by their level of … Continue reading

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Do it anyway

The famous English preacher John Stott was a great advocate of the importance of practicing virtue even when the consequences work against you. He said: ‘Some People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people … Continue reading

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Insults never hurt unless you let them.

A renowned Greek philosopher told one of his students that if he wanted to learn to be wise, he should give money to everyone who insulted him for a period of three years. And that’s what he did. When the … Continue reading

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