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It’s almost 2020! Is Your Life Vision 2020?

A new year is about to begin. 2020 is around the corner. The year may be 2020, but what about your life vision? Is it 2020? Can you clearly see where you are headed? Often, we get so caught up in the mundane activities of life that we don’t see which way we are moving. What’s the point of traveling …

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Forgiveness

“They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.” (-Josiah Bailey) “To err is human, to forgive, divine” The quote above is a profound statement made by Alexander Pope. It points out that it is normal to make mistakes, including the type that hurts others. We probably have all made mistakes. And when we did so, we may have dismissed our …

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Logical Fallacies Hamper Clear Thinking

How much of what is going on around us do we understand? Surprisingly little. If not completely blind, our vision is obscured by the cobwebs of our mind, which include false assumptions, beliefs, and expectations. How can we think straight and make intelligent decisions if our mind can easily lead us astray? The answer is awareness. We must be conscious …

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Stop Doing What Doesn’t Work

“Doctor, doctor, you’ve got to help me. Every time I bang my head against the wall, it hurts.” “Well, stop banging your head against the wall!” Why do some people make life unnecessarily complex? It doesn’t require a PhD to get the most enjoyment from life; all that’s needed is a little common sense. If it hurts when you bang …

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The Mysteries of Life and Death

Believe it or not, my life is based on a true story. Come to think of it, so is yours. And so was Quentin Crisp‘s. One of the lines he left with us before his death at age 90 was, “Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.” When we can joke about …

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A Primer on Guilt and Shame

Introduction Imagine seeing people trudging through life carrying a heavy backpack. When you ask them what is in it, they reply, “I don’t know.” “Well, then, why are you carrying it?” you ask. They give the same answer, “I don’t know.” You see, they have been carrying it so long, they don’t recall how it got on their back, what’s …

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The Real Secret to Success Is Enthusiasm

“The Real Secret to Success Is Enthusiasm.” (−Walter Chrysler, Founder of Chrysler Motors) Enthusiasm: A little thing that makes a BIG difference. The word ‘enthusiasm’ comes from Greek and means God within (entheos). It refers to a divine spark or fire that burns within the breast of those with a passion for a cause, job, or life in general. “Enthusiasm,” …

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Who and What Are You?

The most important question of all Many people are on a quest seeking to discover whether God exists, what happens to us after death, and what the purpose of humanity is. Few people, however, are asking the most important question of all: “Who or what am I?” What good are the answers to the other questions if we don’t even …

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Is Opportunity Nowhere, Everywhere, or Now Here?

What did you see when you read the traffic signs in the photo? Did you see OPPORTUNITY IS NOWHERE or OPPORTUNITY IS NOW HERE? Whether opportunity is nowhere, everywhere, or now here is a matter of perspective. Like the signs in the photo, it depends on how we view it or life. Everything good that happens to us is an …

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Thinking that Problems Are Problems Is a Problem

Few people think what they think they think. Do you know what you think about? The answer is revealed by the life you lead. If you are happy and successful, you are thinking thoughts of happiness and success. If you are wading through an endless stream of problems and finding life painful to bear, it is caused by thoughts of …