Commentary

January 10, 2014

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

- Take time to reflect on this quote from pastor and speaker Paul Tripp. “When I was a child I overheard a drunken man saying perverse things about the women around him. Later my mother said to me, ‘There is nothing that comes out of the mouth of a drunk that wasn’t there in the first place.’ Her point was that the alcohol did not cause that man to say those evil things. He was thinking perverse things in his heart while he was sober. The alcohol loosened his lips and out came his heart!”  So what is in your heart in the first place?

Through our prayers – an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community

- Ask God to help you work on your heart before it is revealed in troubling ways.




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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

- As stated last week, the Atlantic Monthly ran an article contrasting two sets of virtues: “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” The goal of the article was to provide motivation for others in order to create a “counterculture” to our power, wealth and achievement culture. In the author’s words, we need to become people who...
 
 

My journey as a victim advocate

When I was a teenager, I saw a movie about a college student who was raped by her brother’s fraternity brother at a party. I remember being saddened by what happened to her; not only by the act of sexual assault, but by how the school’s administrators and students treated her when she decided to...
 
 

Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter who had had...
 

 

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community - This past year the Atlantic Monthly ran an article contrasting two sets of virtues: “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” The article explained that resume virtues are oriented toward “accumulating power, wealth, and professional achievements.” Eulogy virtues on th...
 
 

Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus†repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and execute scheduled maintenance events. The goal is to maximize...
 
 

To innovate, we can’t be afraid to fail

“Throughout history, people with new ideas – who think differently and try to change things – have always been called troublemakers.” - Richelle Mead, author. The Air Force is pushing hard for us to innovate. You hear it when our senior leaders give speeches or post articles imploring us to improve. Examples include the AFSO21...
 




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