The True Cause of Unhappiness

Is something disturbing, bothering, irritating, or annoying you? If so, what is troubling you? Is it a boss that is too demanding, a coworker that is too careless, or your children that are too noisy? Does the lack of civility, the increase in crime, or the apathy of young people upset you? Perhaps it is poor health, little money, or …

Helping the Dying to Live

One day we will all have to visit, help, or comfort a dying person. How should we treat someone with a terminal illness? Shouldn’t we treat them the same way we treat anyone else? Why should we treat them differently when there is no difference between us. After all, aren’t we all dying? Yes, we are all dying, but until …

It is not the criminal we should hate but the causes of crime

Growing numbers of Canadians are suggesting that capital punishment should be reinstated. It is not because they are vicious, but because they are fearful. Afraid that violent crime is on the rise, they hope to stamp it out by sending a message to criminals. Why do they think killing people that kill people will teach others that killing people is …

Action is our teacher, for we learn by doing

You will never win if you never begin (Robert H. Schuller) According to Michael Landon, “Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many …

Without trust all you can be in life is alone

Imagine trying to survive without trust. How could you drive anywhere unless you trusted the other drivers to follow traffic rules? Would you go to work if you didn’t have faith in your employer to pay your salary? Or, if you are the employer, would you hire anyone without the faith that they would carry out their responsibilities? It is …

Building Self-Esteem

A Question of Self-Esteem A local reader asked over coffee a few questions about self-esteem. Since the information is worth sharing, I present it here in Question and Answer form. Q: “What is self-esteem? Is it another word for self-confidence? A: No, they are different. SELF-ESTEEM deals with the image we have of ourselves. It is about how we see …

Major characteristics of the resilient

That which does not kill us makes us stronger (Friedrich Nietzsche) Who doesn’t admire the resiliency of the people of New York City? Those who have survived the most ferocious terrorist attack ever, have showed how, in a few short months, they could bounce back and get on with life. True, the world changed after September 11th. But so did …

Enthusiasm: Source of Boundless Energy

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, …

Confidence – Freeing ourselves from the mire of inertia

Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia. –Alexis Carrel (1873 ~ 1944) Today’s article is in answer to an e-mail from Neale Higgins (not his real name). “I am a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for nearly two years now. But I always saw myself as afraid of living life. I still do. …

Brokenhearted? Take heart; you will not die

A reader is his early 30’s is distressed because his girlfriend, who is eleven years younger, ended their two-year relationship. Our reader writes, “I am going through a life crisis, it may not seem a big thing but I am finding it very hard to cope. She is on my mind all the time. Can you suggest any ways in …