Problems? Come to God for a faith lift

Although South Africa is a beautiful country with enormous potential, some believe it is in a state of disarray. Violent crime, political corruption, and rising friction among the races are commonplace. Many white and non-African residents have emigrated to other parts of the world in search of peace, security, and opportunity. It is not the purpose of this article to …

Egotism is the glue with which people get stuck on themselves

Have you ever met people who could only be described as self-centered, boastful, conceited, or vain? What makes them so egotistical? And what is egotism anyway? That’s what a Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty (618 ~ 907AD) wanted to know, so he asked an acclaimed Zen master, “What is egotism?” The famous monk slowly turned his head to face …

Awaken your inner giant

Have you been to the circus lately? Yes, I know it’s an odd question to ask in a self-development article – but please hang on with me. In the circus you’ve got clowns, gymnasts and animals of all sorts. These might include snakes and monkeys, but there is one animal that you’re almost guaranteed to find there. It’s the Elephant. …

We all have received the gift of power of choice

Happiness and love are just a choice away (Leo Buscaglia, 1924 ~ 1998) As I write this, Christmas is right around the corner, so it is only natural that I started to think about gifts. Since I already completed my Christmas shopping, I began to think of gifts I have already received. The major one is the gift of life. …

Self-pity doesn’t help, overcoming it does

The modern plague is one that kills the spirit, not one that destroys the body. It is experienced by millions, and the symptoms are feelings of fear, self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, helplessness, and resignation. The victims of this ailment lack self-confidence and are filled with self- doubt. One such person lives in England and is just 16 years old. …

I’m Going to Study Time Management as soon as I Can Find the Time

Do you feel mired in projects, overwhelmed by responsibilities, and crushed by the lack of time to do everything you want to? If so, you’re not alone. A growing number of people feel cheated. They feel their life is out of control because there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. More and more people are saying, …

Challenges in trusting people

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship (Francesco Petrarch, 1204 ~ 1274) A Reader, whom I’ll call “Tom” writes, “In my 45 years of living on this planet life experience and living has much more frequently than not taught me that people are not to be trusted and that sooner or later you will be hurt by whomever it is you …

Suggestions for Coping With Loneliness

There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-discipline (Count Leo Tolstoy, 1828 ~ 1910) Today’s article is in a Question and Answer format. The questions are raised by a third year Asian college student and are followed by my answers. Q: “I found your article on loneliness interesting, because I felt like one of those people …

Seven Simple Steps to Discovering Who, What, and Why You Are

What am I? Who am I? Why am I here? These are questions we sometimes ask ourselves. When we answer these questions to our satisfaction, we lead happy, fulfilling, and rewarding lives. That being so, wouldn’t it help if they taught us the answers in school? Well, life itself is the most important school we will ever attend, and the …

If we don’t seek new solutions, we will find new problems

We live in a changing world. Change is a characteristic of life. The only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that all things will change. This being so, we must be creatures of change if we wish to succeed. That is, we must learn how to adapt to the changing circumstances in which we live. All too often, however, …