Not living your dreams because you’re living your fears?

When you were a child, did you believe in ghosts? Were you frightened by ‘strange’ sounds in the night? If so, the fear you experienced was real. So were the physical effects: a dry mouth, a racing heart, and perspiration. Yet, your fear owed its existence to something unreal. Your fear, like the ghost you were frightened of, was nothing …

We communicate our love by showing or proving it

They do not love who do not show their love (William Shakespeare) Are you in love? Perhaps you have a sweetheart, are engaged or married. If so, how do you express your love? In the United States, partners do not hesitate to say “I love you.” Not only is it common to exchange these words daily, but sometimes they are …

Do you want to experience yourself? Well, then, experience nature

Earth laughs in flowers (Ralph Waldo Emerson) I was lying alone under a tree in a lush forest. A moss-covered stone served as my pillow. Above me, dark green leaves were slowly painted crimson by the setting sun. The warbling of birds and fragrance of blossoms mingled. My outstretched hands stroked the cool, soft grass. I felt at peace. My …

They are like clouds and wind that bring no rain

If you lived in an arid land, imagine your disappointment when the dark clouds you saw and howling wind your felt brought no rain. Is the disappointment no less when the people in our lives fail to live up to their promises? That’s why it is written in the Book of Proverbs, “People who promise things they never give are …

The strange case of ETs and the theory of evolution

One day an alien spacecraft landed in a remote region of North America. Two extraterrestrials left the craft to explore the area. Completely unlike us, everything they saw was new and unfamiliar. The following is a translation of the conversation they had when they came upon an abandoned log cabin. “Look at this structure. It has a geometric shape. Nature …

Envy is the mud that failures throw at success

To be envious is to regret one’s failure to achieve good fortune or to regret the successes of others. It is often accompanied by a false sense of entitlement. Instead of working for what they want, envious people may believe they deserve it merely because they want it. Also, in their twisted perspective, they may imagine that the gains of …

Enjoy yourself – it’s later than you think

Enjoy yourself – it’s later than you think. Does that sound like a frivolous statement or the title of a whimsical song? Not to Socrates (BC 469 – 399), for that was one of his teachings. Although life was shorter then, his words are equally valid today. He wasn’t suggesting that we should party all day or avoid pain and …

Stop being manipulated

A reader writes, “I read your article on manipulation (http://www.personal-development.com/chuck/manipulation.htm) and wonder if you have other suggestions for someone in my position. You see, besides raising my daughter, my husband and I adopted her three-year-old special-needs child and raised her as our own. Both girls are now adults. Yet, my daughter continues to depend on us for help. She acts …

Embryonic stem cell research: profanity or panacea? 

Why is Embryonic stem cell research in the news? Because it promises breakthroughs in the fight against disease. With continuing research, treatment and cures for many diseases may be realized. Diseases benefiting from this research include: Parkinson’s disease, cystic fibrosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Huntington’s, muscular dystrophy, AIDS, Down Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, heart disease, hepatitis, diabetes, lymphoma, leukemia, lupus, some …

Taking life lightly doesn’t mean living without passion

Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave (Quentin Crisp) 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 …