Avoiding Big Words, But Not Big Ideas, or Relationships

We can live alone on an island in the ocean, or an island of isolation of our own creation.  But is that truly living or is it just surviving.  Great workplace cultures are great because of relationships and the energy, creativity and enlightenment that is inherent in them.

I have long admired the writings and wisdom of author C.S. Lewis who is most widely known for his authoring of the “Chronicles of Narnia”.  He actually wrote many wonderful books. For a complete list click here http://www.iblist.com/author349.htm

Here are 3 favorite quotes that offer just the slightest glimpse into his wisdom.

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.  ~ C. S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.  ~ C. S. Lewis

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.  ~ C. S. Lewis

In summary then we might say “take some time in the future to be courageous as you speak virtue without exaggeration”.  (Dang it, I am certainly no CS Lewis!)

I suggest that the future he speaks of, the future everyone reaches at the same rate of 60 minutes an hour…  isn’t far off,  in fact it isn’t even just  moments away…in fact it starts right now.  Only you can predict it, only you can shape it, and like a relationship only you can choose to create it, and improve it.

Let’s make this a greater week, by becoming greater people.

Kirk Out

PS (4 more personal favs)





  1. Gered A Brown

    Hi Kirk,

    My manager suggested I look up information on you – I really respect your stance and credibility. I work at PG&E in Sacramento, and unofficially I’ve taken on this role of “morale officer” in my office. Morale has been very low in our office culture the last few years due to changes, budget cuts, turnover, ect. Each day and week I try to lead by example to my peer with simple tasks like baking cookies for the different teams with a hand written encouraging note or facilitating “speak up” meetings so they can reciprocate feedback up to our leadership.

    I’m glad I found your site, and I plan on reading further into your messages and techniques. Its empowering to know that there is a movement of positive change and leading by example because sometimes I feel like I’m doing it all by myself.


    -Gered “G-Man” Brown

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