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 …

Breaking Bad Habits – We are what we repeatedly do

Aristotle taught, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Good habits are our best friends. Because we perform them unconsciously, they free us to concentrate on other useful endeavors. On the other hand, the opposite is true for bad habits. They encumber us, enslave us, and ensnare us, preventing us from moving …

Break Free – They can because they think they can

You have probably heard or read Henry Ford’s (1863 ~ 1947) famous quote, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” This powerful truth is hardly a new idea. About 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Virgil expressed the same thought when he wrote, “They can because they think they can.” Both men were simply …

Boundaries don’t separate us from life; they enrich it

The doors of my house have locks. I not only have the right to lock my doors, but I have the duty to protect my family from thieves and dangerous people. Yet, even with the doors locked, my home is occasionally invaded by telemarketers who interrupt whatever I’m doing with the hope of making a sale. At other times, an …

Time Management – It’s about time!

What’s this article about? It’s about TIME! It’s about time I wrote about time again. After all, it’s our most precious commodity. As Ben Franklin wrote, it’s the stuff life is made of. And because it’s a nonrenewable resource, it has unlimited value. Yet, don’t we sometimes kill time? When we do so, aren’t we murdering life? When we waste …