February 12


Without belief, we have no focus…
    We are drifters.
Without belief, we have no values…
     We are irrelevant.
Without belief, we have no commitments…
     We are meaningless.
Without belief, we have no passion…
     We are dead.
Without belief, it is as if…
     We are not even here today;
     Nor will we be remembered tomorrow;
     Neither will our legacy of service beyond the grave.
Belief is life and the afterlife.
Belief is our contribution to the ages.
Belief is eternal.
Larry Minnix

February 3

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”


February 1

“What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void. “What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his life?” said the voice. “Or when you paid for that young couple in that restaurant? Or when you saved that dog in traffic? Or when you tied your father’s shoes for him?

Your problem is that you equate purpose with goal-based achievement. God or the Universe or morality isn’t interested in your achievements… just your heart. When you choose to act out of kindness, compassion and love, you are already aligned with your true purpose. No need to look any further.”

– Tao & Zen

January 29

“The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So, the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.”
-Hank Aaron

January 27

“Failure is part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.”
Hank Aaron

January 25

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do is keep swinging.”
Hank Aaron

January 18

The first rule of leadership is to tell the truth.”
Jeh Johnson

January 11

“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

November 19

Perseverance produces character; character, hope; and hope never disappoints us.

November 9

Credit – Mother Teresa

November 3

“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.”

–Will Rogers

June 29

“Any fight worth fighting is worth fighting again and again.”

-John Gardner

June 23

“This life therefore
is not righteousness
but growth in righteousness.
Not health but healing.
Not being but becoming.
Not rest but exercise.

We are not yet what we shall be,
but we are working toward it,
the process is not yet finished,
but it is going on,
this is not the end,
but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory,
but all is being purified.”
– Martin Luther

June 19

“What do I require of thee, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God?”


June 4

“Hard things are hard.”

-A plaque on the desk of President Obama in the Oval Office

June 1

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships- the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world, at peace.”

– FDR, in a never delivered speech drafted in Warm Springs just before his death

May 21

“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.”

-Peter Drucker

May 17


A rabbit was hopping through the forest and encountered a crow sitting several limbs up a large tree. The rabbit stopped, looked up at the crow, and inquired, “What are you doing, Mr. Crow?”

“Just sitting here doing nothing,” Crow replied. “Mind if I join you for a while?” asked Rabbit. “Be my guest,” replied Crow.

Unbeknownst to Rabbit a fox was lurking behind the tree and suddenly attacked rabbit, devouring him on the spot.

And the moral of that story is this: If you are sitting around doing nothing, you better be pretty high up.


May 11

“Endurance builds character, character, hope. And hope never disappoints us.”

May 7

“Help us to reach our best future fast enough to matter.”
– Paul Winkler

“I am neither a pessimist nor an optimist – I am a prisoner of hope.”

-Desmond Tutu

April 30

” Evil is allowed to survive when good people do nothing.”– Anon

April 27

“Leadership matters.”

– Jim Collins

April 23

“It wasn’t a disaster to be wrong- it was a disaster to make a decision that wasn’t properly based.”

-Anon, LeadingAge Member Trustee

April 20

“But we must reject the belief that America must choose between caring for past generations that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”
-President Obama

April 17

“The worst decisions I ever made were the ones I didn’t make soon enough.”

-Jim Emerson

April 13

“A paradox of leadership: when things are going well, people at the top often get too much credit. When things are not going well, leaders don’t really get the blame they deserve.”

-Larry Minnix

March 9

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”


March 6

“Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”

-Eli Feldman

April 3

“I’ve decided to get up  every morning, tuck my titties in my pantyhose and keep on moving!”

-Virginia, a senior community resident going through a hard time

March 31

“Perseverance produces character; character, hope; and hope never disappoints us.”

-St. Paul in Romans

March 26

“Washington is NOT your problem. It’s where you send your problems when you elect them.”
-Larry Minnix

March 23

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
-Hopi prophesy

March 19

“You’ve no doubt heard it said the first criterion of leadership is: is there anybody following? I have come to believe that the question is the second criterion. The real first criterion of leadership is: Is there anybody actually leading”

-Larry Minnix

March 16

“Have courage for the great sorrows, and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
-Victor Hugo

March 12

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”

-Hubert H. Humphrey

March 9

“In- breedin’ don’t work. It don’t work in horses. It don’t work in cows. It don’t work in huntin’ dawgs. And it ain’t worked in our family, and that’s what’s wrong with some of ’em. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that!”— Cuzzin Bubba (died at 94 just two weeks ago)

…. think about this wisdom– fitting in professional as well as personal situations.

March 2

  • “This would be a great time in the world for some man {or woman} to come along that knew something.”- Will Rogers
  • “The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the ax. For the ax was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was wood, he was one of them.”- Turkish Fable
Enjoy – Larry Minnix


When I retired from LeadingAge in 2015, they named the LeadingAge Leadership Academy in my honor – the greatest professional honor that I could imagine. Several hundred emerging leaders have completed the year-long fellowship program. The inaugural class gave me a gift – a leather-bound blank journal book to record reflections in it. It now reflects 15 years of quotes from others as well as my own ponderings. I tend to be folksy, so many of them begin with, “Like my late Uncle Clarence used to say …” or “Like my cousin Bubba always says…” I plan to put one or two a week on my web site.

I hope you take a look from time to time and find the “wisdom” meaningful– and encourage you to write down your own as they come to you. Some times I will offer brief commentary or context, but most often will let the pieces stand on their own.

Jehyun Sung