Be Thou My Vision

Ancient Irish Poem – 8th Century

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

naught be all else to me, save that thou art – 

thou my best thought by day or by night,

walking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou my great Father, I thy true son;

thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;

be thou my dignity, thou my soul’s shelter,

thou my high tow’r; raise thou me heavenward,

O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,

thou my inheritance, now and always: 

thou and thou only, first in my heart,

High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won, 

may I reach heaven’s joy, O bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


Key West, FL – Kindness

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”

Aesop (620-564 BC)

Greek philosopher

If you adhere to the ancient thought that nothing is accidental or random but everything has a purpose, then you will definitely agree with this quote from Aesop.

We are living in the world of Big Data and Quantum computing today. The algorithm of life’s complexity is proving that everything is affected by cause and effect. If we have a large enough blockchain we will know that nothing happens without modifying the future. Noodle on that for a few minutes.



The Similarity Effect

West Palm Beach, FL – The Similarity Effect

The Similarity Effect – “People surround themselves with people much like themselves”

This social rule has repeatedly been proven over and over. It takes effort and patience to change and migrate toward a different tribe of like-minded social animals.

This is true whether someone wants to climb up the social, economic or political class ladder or descend toward the lower classes.

You become what you think about most of the time. When you have a choice, you also assimilate with others that you feel comfortable with and want to emulate.  This was proven true in Henry David Thoreau’s life and still accurate today.



Winston Churchill quote

Key West, FL – Great quote from Winston Churchill 

“I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.” 

Winston Churchill

A great quote from an English gentleman who experienced a lot from his political perch in 20th century Britain during a time of great stress and upheaval. Two world wars within 25 years makes our political environment today seem tame in comparison. 

Continue to do what you must to promote good and not just with words but with ACTION. Oh, and looting buildings and setting someone else’s car on fire isn’t doing good, just so you know. Wink, Nod.



Benjamin Franklin quote

Key West, FL – Ben Franklin quote

“Speak ill of no man but speak all the good you know of everybody.” 

Ben Franklin 

We could all do well to remember these words of wisdom from an old man. I learned very early in my career to praise others publicly but only be critical in private. A good manager never airs dirty laundry in front of staff. 



John Donne quote

West Palm Beach, FL – Quote by John Donne

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

John Donne (1572-1631)

Well said John. We are social animals that need each other to live fully. Our relationships determine our environment and sphere of influence. Our connections reflect our impact.

We become exceptional when we cooperate to achieve a better world for our future society.