You can have or be anything you want, but . . .

Most “pop psychology” and self-help books teach that you can be, do, or have anything you want. They deliver this message for a good reason. It’s true! However, while we can be or have anything we want, the same is not true for EVERYTHING we want. There are two reasons for this. First, our resources are limited. After all, we …

Curiosity is the mother of philosophy, religion, and science

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning (William A. Ward) The miraculous power that will drive man to the far reaches of the universe isn’t anything tangible, such as rocket fuel or time travel. The power that will get him there comes from within. It is his insatiable appetite to explore. It is called curiosity. Just as infants …

The right train of thought can take you to a better station in life

I’d like to introduce you to your own best friend and worst enemy, your mind. It is an instrument capable of creating a magnificent life. As long as you remain in control, it will act as your best friend. However, if you don’t remain at the wheel, in control, it will run on autopilot. Without direction from you, it will …

You must pre-live the future, not re-live the past

Stan is twenty-three, a university graduate, and employed by a reputable firm. His high school ‘romance’ fizzled out while he was going to the university. In his senior year, he met someone else, and soon they become a couple. Recently, however, his girlfriend ended the relationship. Stan feels devastated. He can’t get her out of his mind and finds it …

How do we develop character?

Character is to man what carbon is to steel – (Napoleon Hill) Character: A snapshot We are born as diamonds in the rough, uncut but with the potential of great value. Over the years we cut away at our undesirable traits, exposing many facets of our goodness. The brilliant diamond that we are shaping is our character. Our final creation …

Make the rest of your life the best of your life

Make the rest of your life the best of your life. Does that make sense to you? It should because if we fail to make it better, it simply means we make it worse. Some may be tempted to say. “Wait a minute! How can I MAKE my life better? I can’t wave a magic wand and make everything better. …

Ambition is a noble tradition

Is ambition a noble tradition or a contemptible trait? How can the natural yearning to excel be anything but noble? That would explain why Thomas Dunn English (1469 ~ 1527) wrote, “Ambition is the germ (seed) from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.” Yet, ambition is neither noble nor contemptuous, neither negative nor positive. Rather, it is the object of …

What is the essence of man? It is happiness

Only from the heart can you touch the sky (Rumi) All objects, however large or small, have an essence (nature) and act (do things). If objects did not act, there would be nothing to distinguish them from nonexistent objects. The essence of the sun, for instance, is that of a nuclear furnace and among its actions, it sends a stream …

It rains so the dead have something to complain about

“How are things going?” I ask. “Oh, I can’t complain.” they reply. Yet, after telling me they “can’t complain,” they immediately start doing so. On and on with whining, grumbling, griping, and bellyaching. Some people complain so much that I’m sure they continue doing so after they die. That must be why God created rain, so the dead would have …

Open-mindedness versus Gullibility

Friends often don’t agree on a particular subject, especially if that subject is politics or religion. But that’s the way it should be. We need to hear as many opinions as possible to continually refine and improve our own. Besides, as unique individuals, we have different experiences, so it’s hardly surprising that each of us arrives at different conclusions. Also, …