Suggestions for Coping With Loneliness

There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-discipline (Count Leo Tolstoy, 1828 ~ 1910) Today’s article is in a Question and Answer format. The questions are raised by a third year Asian college student and are followed by my answers. Q: “I found your article on loneliness interesting, because I felt like one of those people …

Seven Simple Steps to Discovering Who, What, and Why You Are

What am I? Who am I? Why am I here? These are questions we sometimes ask ourselves. When we answer these questions to our satisfaction, we lead happy, fulfilling, and rewarding lives. That being so, wouldn’t it help if they taught us the answers in school? Well, life itself is the most important school we will ever attend, and the …

If we don’t seek new solutions, we will find new problems

We live in a changing world. Change is a characteristic of life. The only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that all things will change. This being so, we must be creatures of change if we wish to succeed. That is, we must learn how to adapt to the changing circumstances in which we live. All too often, however, …

Life’s heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry

Many people feel that they are weighed down by duties, obligations, and responsibilities. To them, the title of this article seems strange. They don’t realize that complaining about carrying out one’s duties, is like complaining about having to eat! Most people realize that eating is not only necessary, but can be a source of great pleasure. The same is true …

Put your faith in the unshakable truth that your body can heal itself

(Medical) Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is The proof was there, staring at Brady Matthews in the face. One photograph showed the patient grimacing in pain; the other photo showed her completely at peace, and it was taken only minutes after she took the new pill. Brady was impressed by the seemingly miraculous power of …

Don’t Worry; Be Happy

Why did the song Don’t worry; be happy become such a hit? Isn’t it because its simple message resonated within us? Deep down, we realize that we arent supposed to worry. Yet, the worry habit is hard to shake. Not that its surprising; after all, people continue to lose jobs because of downsizing, their children may not be doing well …

Do the right things and the right things will happen

Life is not meant to be complicated. It is straightforward. It’s simply a matter of doing the right things. And when we do so, the right things will happen. The reward for doing the right things is success, happiness, and fulfillment. But when we do the wrong things, we reap failure, misery, and regret. So, what are the wrong things? …

If we blame God for evil, shall we blame the sun for darkness?

For the last 5,000 years, the problem of evil has been discussed in spiritual literature. Throughout the ages man has asked how can an all-loving God and evil coexist. Why do innocent people drown in floods, die of starvation, perish in accidents, and die of illness? Why are blameless people raped, murdered, and crippled? The problem has troubled many, including …

Self-Discipline is a key to self mastery

Will is character in action (William Mcdougall) When British psychologist William Mcdougall (1871 ~ 1938) said, “Will is character in action,” what did he mean? Simply that willpower is the source of our action, and, therefore, the source of our character. For when we will to do good, and do so, we have good character, but when we will to …

A Man without passion is a fire without light

A person without passion has no more value than a candle without a flame or fire without light. By passion I mean zeal, enthusiasm, or fervor. It is the force that relentlessly drives one forward. Passion is a burning desire that creates commitment to a person, project, or life. A world without passion is a world without Mother Teresa, Mozart, …