As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly

What do you suppose King Solomon thought when he said in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” Wasn’t he trying to teach us that constantly regurgitating (repeating) bad habits is as disgusting as a dog returning to its own vomit? He used a strong image to make a point, but …

To bear misfortune is to overcome it

We may not agree with everything that happens in life, but what should we do when we are embroiled in events that we would not willingly choose? Should we fight them or accept them as the inevitable cost of being alive? Ah, that is the question! The key is balance between ACCEPTING what is unavoidable and STRUGGLING to change things …

The courageous don’t live forever, but the timid don’t live at all

When you read about someone rescuing a passenger from a burning car, what are your thoughts? Many people believe that they could never do the same because they would be too frightened to act. The implication is that courageous people are fearless. However, that is not the case. The brave act despite their fear, not because of its absence. That’s …

He who lives without discipline dies without honor

If we are to be the master of our destiny, we need self-discipline, self-control, willpower, or self-mastery. Although it’s known by many names, I’ll call it WILLPOWER in most of this article. We are born to rule or be ruled. If we do not rule ourselves, we will be ruled by our emotions, bad habits, or others. All the other …

Destiny is a river; free will, a paddle

Do you believe in destiny? Do you believe we are puppets controlled by the hands of fate? Is what happens to us preordained? Are we helpless victims hurled about by arbitrary and chaotic circumstances? Do I believe in preordination? Sure, I do! If I thrust my arm into a boiling kettle of oil, it is “preordained” that I will get …

What you can do to improve yourself

The importance of doing well in life cannot be denied. Everyone has been given a life and everyone exists but the main difference between the way you live your life and the way others do it is to live a fulfilling and content life. At the end of the day, when you look back at your life, you should be …

This Journey Called Life

(Material for this essay comes from the books “Love” and “Personhood” by Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D., “The Road Less Traveled” By M. Scott Peck M.D. “How Good Do We Have To Be?” by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner) Welcome to this journey called life. On this journey, we meet individuals from all walks of life who have found the secret to …

Tsunami of despair followed by tsunami of hope

After picking up the newspaper, turning on the radio, or watching TV, it is easy to become depressed. After all, our ears and eyes are assaulted with news of political, religious, racial, and ethnic strife. Add to this, global warming, blizzards, hurricanes, floods, landslides, forest fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, drought, plagues of locusts, and famine. As if that were not …

Every path has its puddle; every life, its suffering

You may know or be a person in the midst of extreme hardship such as poverty, illness, pain, loneliness, unemployment, disability, homelessness, depression, or addiction. What shall we do when that is our lot? Well, we have three choices. First, we can struggle, resist, and do everything in our power to escape. Second, we can accept it. Third, we can …

Dealing with Rude Behavior

If you can’t fight, and you can’t flee, flow (Robert Eliot) Perhaps you or a friend may have said, “I don’t like it when.” or “I become angry whenever.” or “I can’t stand it if.” You can fill in the blanks. Here are some examples: “I can’t stand it when someone interrupts me while I’m speaking. I don’t like it …