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 …

The Many Benefits of Laughter

Angels fly because they take themselves lightly (G.K. Chesterton) Plato’s remark that “Even the gods love jokes.” must be correct, for the value of laughter is recorded in sacred scripture. For example, the Koran states that “He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.” By the fourteenth century, the healing power of humor was recognized by the medical community. An …

Are you dead right?

You’re a human and so am I. There’s no argument there. The sky is blue and the grass is green. There’s no argument there either. After all, they’re FACTS, and we’re all in agreement with them. But why do so many of us have a need to ‘right’ regarding OPINIONS? A man driving in LA is outraged by another driver …

Being Open Minded – You Can Rise No Higher Than Your Lowest Opinion of Another

Children need food and water. Their survival depends on that. But they also need recognition, acceptance, and love. Their emotional health depends on that. Just as plants that are insufficiently watered wither and die or have their growth stunted, children who are denied sufficient love grow up wounded. Their wounds hurt. Unless they learn how to heal themselves, they will …

Becoming Better – We have within ourselves an innate need to grow

He who stops being better stops being good (Oliver Cromwell, 1599 ~ 1658) We have within ourselves an innate need to grow. We want to become more than we are today. Simply put, we want to become BETTER human beings. When we are confused about how to become better, we may find ourselves wanting to own more possessions or earn …

When we appreciate beauty we can create it

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror (Kahlil Gibran) It’s the end of a long day and you step into a hot bath. Suddenly your mind and body tingle with pleasure. Doesn’t it feel great to be alive? Sure it does, but why wait until the end of the day to cleanse and refresh yourself? We live in …

Awakening to God-Fish are unaware of the ocean in which they live

There was once a wise and holy fish who preached to the others, saying, “We live in an Ocean of Love. Behold how it protects and sustains us!” At first the fish were thankful, but soon they took their good fortune for granted. For whether they remembered or not, they still were cared for. Although their eyes were always open, …