The smart know what to say, the wise know whether to say it

Words are powerful. The words we use can heal or hurt. They can arouse enthusiasm, evoke joy, and unleash passion. But they can also provoke anger, inflict sorrow, and crush with despair. When speaking to others, we can use our words as daggers to kill their spirits or we can use them as music to lift their spirits. The choice …

SMALL differences can make BIG differences

What’s the difference between one second and 4/10th’s of a second? Not very much. It’s just 6/10th’s of a second. Wouldn’t you agree that’s a SMALL difference? Yet, that small difference was all it took to change our beliefs on what is possible. You see, until 54 years ago, all the experts believed it was not possible for a human …

That’s terrible! That’s wonderful! That’s Life

The following is an ancient Chinese parable that is told to this day because of the wisdom it contains. Once upon a time, a poor farmer was dismayed to learn his horse had died during the night. “That’s terrible,” his neighbors said, “how will you till this rocky soil without your horse?” “That’s life,” said the farmer to his friends. …

God helps those who help themselves. God help those who don’t!

According to the eminent psychologist, professor, author, and philosopher, William James (1842 ~ 1910), “Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses power of various sorts …

Dogs bark at people they do not know

The title of this article comes from a saying of Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher (540?- 475? BC). He wasn’t talking about dogs, but our tendency to fear and suspect strangers. When this fear solidifies, it is known as bigotry, prejudice, and intolerance, and it is the source of many problems in the world. I’ve written about tolerance in the past, …

What’s the best way to satisfy our need for recognition?

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? (Confucius) Rodney Dangerfield is always complaining, “I don’t get no respect.” He isn’t alone. For great numbers of people are also craving respect. They want to validate their existence. They want to find a reason for living. So they chase after trophies, medals, plaques, awards, prizes, and fame. …

Surrender isn’t a dirty word

Surrender sounds like a dirty word. It conjures up an image of someone standing with arms held high, perhaps with a white flag, giving up to the enemy. In spiritual terms, however, surrender means to stand with arms outstretched, embracing the world. It is unconditional acceptance of what is. It is not mere toleration of any unpleasant circumstances or events …

Attitude: Your Key to Success

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude We all would like to be successful. Yet, many have thousands of reasons why they cannot succeed. In truth, all we need is one reason why we can. That one reason is attitude. Nothing is more important: not education, aptitude, health, wealth, or opportunity. Great men and women share this opinion. …

Are you stuck in a rut… stuck in a rut… stuck in a rut…?

Are you dissatisfied with the status quo? Do you need a change in your life? Are you repeating the same routine over and over, like a broken record? Are you stuck in a rut and can’t get out? If so, you need to ask yourself how can your life change if you are not willing to make changes in your …

Life is not a struggle, but understanding that, is

Words do more than define ideas, for they also define our beliefs and the actions that spring from them. Words and thoughts are also magical, for whatever I say is true. That is, whatever I say is true for ME at the time I say it. For example, as long as I say and believe life is boring, it is, …