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Apology Is the First Step in Correcting a Wrong

No one likes to be caught in a storm. However, it may be worth it if it results in a wondrous rainbow. Life is full of storms and rainbows. Many of the storms are of our own making, and if we look about, we may discover a trail of devastation that we have left behind. Our unwarranted outbursts, cruel criticisms, …

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The Problem of Compulsive Shopping and what to Do about It

About 28 million Americans are addicted to shopping. Like gambling addicts, they experience a “rush” whenever they give in to their passion, but when it comes time to pay the bills, they feel remorseful and depressed. Let’s compare shopaholics with overeaters for a moment. Overeating encompasses a broad range. At one end of the scale we have the morbidly obese, …

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A Guide to Thinking

Part 1: A Beginner’s Guide to Thinking What do you think about thinking? Most of us probably think we do a lot of it, but we don’t. True, for most of us, there is an endless stream of chatter drifting through our consciousness. But self-talk isn’t thinking. It’s just commentary. It’s just an automatic regurgitation of opinions and beliefs. And …

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Nothing Great Was Achieved Without Enthusiasm

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,” according to Henry Ford, “is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, …

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Thoughts and Emotions. Are They Really Different?

A reader asks, “Which comes first, our thoughts or our feelings?” So, let’s consider this question, as well as how an understanding of our thoughts and feelings can help us lead better lives. But before we begin, let me clarify what I mean by “feelings.” The word has two meanings. First, our bodily sensations. Second, it is commonly used to …

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Are You an Optimist or Pessimist?

Optimists and pessimists. We’ve all met both. On awakening, optimists open the window and say with a smile, “Good morning, God!” Pessimists? They rub their eyes; clear their throat; look out the window and say with a frown, “Good god, morning!” Pessimists always see the dark side of clouds. Optimists? They don’t see the clouds at all because they’re walking …

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The Power of Journaling

Did you ever dream of becoming an author? Well, guess what? You are! You are the author of your life. It’s exciting to realize how much power you have. But there’s a price for that power. The price is called responsibility. Here’s what I mean. If I’m unhappy with my present situation, I have no one to blame but myself. …

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Harnessing the Power of Your Intuition

This article is prompted by a 44-year-old Egyptian computer professional (Lead Technical Applications Engineer), working in Qatar, where he is joined by his wife and three children. Our reader asked me to write about intuition. As it is important subject, I welcome the opportunity to do so. Tom (an imagery person) was offered a better paying job in another company. …

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The simple G.R.O.W.T.H. formula

We are all interested in personal development, aren’t we? Well, it is about growth and progress, for without it, personal development would have no meaning. The journey to self-improvement isn’t always smooth. Tom complained to the leader of his personal development group, saying, “I have worked hard and long, and yet I haven’t improved. I am still an ordinary person …

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Let’s Talk about CHANGE for a Change

It’s often said that nothing is certain in life other than death and taxes. And after paying taxes, all that is left are two kinds of change. The change we carry in our purse and the unstoppable transformation of everything we experience. As change occurs at a dizzying pace, we cling to straws in the hope of finding stability. But …