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45 Attributes of Growth

This year our organization celebrates 45 years in business. These are the attributes that made it possible for us to grow, exhibited in the lives of owners, Al and Sue Boenker. I add additional attributes each week so check back in as we go along.


This weekend I hope you'll have the opportunity to celebrate the past 365 days and welcome the New Year, moreover, I hope you have time to reflect.

One of our 45 attributes of growth is SOLITUDE.

Philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662) wrote,

"All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone."

Solitude permits us to focus on life, work, family, friends, self and God without distraction. If these are things we care about and we want to improve upon, then we must have solitude: time to think, read, meditate, and pray.

Our lives today are filled with noise.

"Technology is taking away our privacy and our concentration, but it is also taking away our ability to be alone. Though I shouldn't say taking away. We are doing this to ourselves; we are discarding these riches as fast as we can," writes author William Deresciewicz, "The End of Solitude".

John Piper, chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis has stated we may be the first culture to entertain ourselves to death. We have the ability to distract ourselves every minute of every day to the point we lose touch with what is important or reality itself.

In 2017, be intentional about solitude. There should be a moment each day when you turn off the noise and are alone. Use this time to read, pray, wrestle with yourself, talk out an issue, or just be quiet. As the French Philosopher Albert Camus wrote,

"In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion."


We all prefer the company of enthusiastic people. They bring up our spirits, encourage us to press on, and generally give us a greater sense of purpose.

Enthusiastic people are positive, optimistic, and joyful. In addition, they show commitment to others and their craft.

The Apostle Paul in 77 AD wrote, “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart.” In essence, if you chose to do something, go at it whole-heartedly - enthusiastically.

If you want to grow, knowledge and time are key elements, but enthusiasm can take you across the finish line. Exhibiting enthusiasm will excite others and gain their help in achieving shared and individual goals.

I’ve seen successful business people, celebrities, and politicians that want to spend time with our chairman Al Boenker. The main reason - his enthusiasm is contagious.


If you lived in 350 BC, 70 AD, or 1200 AD the discussion of self and the attitude toward others was always a part of philosophical debate. How others are treaty is exhibited differently from the views of Stoics, religions, Humanism, modern and post-modern philosophy.

Putting the needs of others before one’s self was not a cultural practice until Chr