Friday, October 31, 2008

Thought of the Day

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
Yiddish Proverb

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thought of the Day

The real contest is always between what you’ve done and what you are capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.
Geoffrey Gaberino

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thought of the Day

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thought of the Day

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Thought of the Day

People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it.
-- Ogden Nash

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thought of the Day

Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbons.
--Ann Ruth Schabader

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Thought of the Day

It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thought of the Day

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
-Mohandas Gandhi

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thought of the Day

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thought of the Day

I don’t know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we
fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest a while.
Max Eastman

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thought of the Day

We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.
Kurt Vonnegut

Monday, October 20, 2008

Thought of the Day

A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year.
Polish Proverb

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Thought of the Day

Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail--as you surely will--adjust your lives, not the standards.
Ted Koppel

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thought of the Day

The pillar of the world is hope.
- Nigerian Proverb

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thoughts on Hiring the Best M.P. for Perth-Wellington

While for some of us, the election date has been permanently stamped in our brains. For others, it could easily be forgotten. Don't forget to vote this Tuesday, October 14th.

I have heard from individuals wondering about strategic voting. I want to be the MP for Perth-Wellington. That being said, I want people to vote for me, not against someone else. I see the NDP platform as strong and myself as a strong candidate. I encourage you to encourage family and friends to check out and for more info.

Time is running out and while I know there's lots of support, your help could make the difference in who becomes the MP in Perth-Wellington.

Please help make sure everyone has the information they need on me and the NDP. Specifically, please consider emailing and/or talking to family and friends; inviting your friends to the facebook group - Elect Kerry McManus MP Perth/Wellington and changing your profile pic to the 'Elect Kerry McManus' sign for two days.

The percentage of eligible voters who normally don't vote is huge. I believe that if we could reach more of the voters in our riding, we could see a huge voter turn-out and win this election.

Please help. You'll be glad you did :)

Thought Of The Day

"The gatekeepers for our culture are not the heroes or the supermen, but the common person. The individuals who represent the ideal inspire masses to pursue the values and virtues of their people; but it is the common person within each society who establishes the boundaries that are required to remain a part of the clan. It is not the extraordinary standard but the minimum standard that is the critical boundary in shaping a culture...It's easy to confuse the minimum with the extraordinary. We do it all the time. In fact, organizations continuously face that crisis. Whenever someone fails to live up to an understood expectation, we are forced to make some kind of reevaluation. Either our standard should change or our actions have to change. When we live below a standard, it is simply human nature to redefine the standard as unreasonable and establish standards that our patterns are already accomplishing. We keep lowering the bar until we clear it."

Erwin McManus, from An Unstoppable Force

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela

Friday, October 10, 2008

Thought For Today

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

Maya Angelou

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Thomas Edison

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"You manage things; you lead people."

Grace Murray Hopper, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."

Warren Bennis

Monday, October 6, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"Character is power."

Booker T. Washington

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"Imposing limitations on yourself is cowardly because it protects you from having to try, and perhaps failing."

Vladimir Zworykin

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Late night thoughts...

Earlier this week I met with Eugene Sidler's grade five class at Arthur Public School. We had a lively discussion about why I have chosen to enter the political arena and the key issues I hope to address.

I told them about how when I was eight I entered a church and saw a large box announcing there was a famine in Africa and a need for clothes to be donated. Despite being young, I recognized that more than used clothing was needed and I recruited my next-door neighbour and off we went caroling to raise money to send to Africa.

While this event happened about thirty years ago, it reflects how I live. Learning changes me. When I understand an issue that is leaving individuals in a precarious position, I look for ways to help.

Today one student asked whether I had wanted to be a politician when I was young. That was one of the easiest questions I've had so far in this campaign. No, the political arena has not been a dream of mine. I chose to enter because I recognize that right now we are at a crossroads. The scientists have told us that our lifestyles need to change. We need to pursue a sustainable vision for Perth-Wellington, Canada and the world.

What is sustainability? The best definition I have heard came from Chuck Hopkins of UNESCO – enough for everyone forever. As we meet our needs and desires, we need to be sure that we are not impacting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

The New Democrats have a strong sustainable vision. We recognize that there are immediate concerns –the loss of jobs and health crises - that must be addressed while building a long-term vision that protects its citizens – universal health care, fair trade, restoring foreign relations, supporting education and training, reducing our carbon footprint, protecting food sovereignty and food security.

We are all in this together. While I am not a farmer, a nurse or a police officer, I respect that there are challenges faced that could be improved by a change in governmental policy. I may not know the details of your concerns but I welcome your valued opinion and expertise as we work together to address your concerns in Ottawa.

Thought Of The Day

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."

Peter Drucker

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."

Chinese proverb

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Thought Of The Day

"Men are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they differ."