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” God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.”  – J.G. Holland

Nebulous adj. 1. Lacking definition or definite content. 2. Lacking definite form or limits; vague. “The test results were nebulous and determined to be unusable.”

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“People know you for what you’ve done, not for what you plan to do.” – Author Unknown

Exacerbate transitive verb.  To make more violent, bitter, or severe; to irritate or make worse. “The continued delays were greatly exacerbatedby the lack of workers on the project.”

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“About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.” – Gloria Pitzer

Temporal adj.  Relating to, or limited by time. Lasting only for a time; not eternal.  Also: fleeting, passing, momentary, temporary, transient, short-lived. “The beneficial effects of the loan were temporal.”

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“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher

Pragmatic adj.  More concerned with practical results than with theories and principles. “The CEO used a pragmatic approach to making his business a success.”

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“It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don’t have to.”  – Walter Linn

Diminutive adj. Extremely small in size; tiny. A very small person or thing. “Although diminutive in stature, they were a formidable opponent;” “A diminutive report.”

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“Yes, to be a good parent, you have to sacrifice, but this is not a requirement of parenting, it is a requirement of being good at something. ” – Robert Brault

Laborious adj.  Hard-working; industrious. Marked by or requiring long, hard work. “It was a laborious project, but they still kept it under budget.”

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“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

 – Sam Ewing

Altruism n.  Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.  (also ‘Altruistic’).

 

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“If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Copious adj.  Large in quantity; abundant. Abounding in matter, thoughts, or words; wordy.  “He took copious notes during the business meeting.”

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“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success”. ~Swami Sivananda

Ambiguous adj.  Open to more than one interpretation: “An ambiguous reply.” Doubtful or uncertain. “Ambiguous results.”

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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” -Thomas Edison

Austere adj. 1. Markedly simple without adornment or ornamentation. “An austere office;” “An austere writing style.” 2. Strict or stern in appearance or manner. “He was an austere movie critic.

 

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