You are no greater than your thoughts

Imagine rummaging through the attic and coming across an old, wooden chest. Not recognizing it, you pry open the heavy lid. After clouds of dust scatter, you peer into the chest. You’re puzzled by what you see: seeds. Thousands and thousands of seeds of every imaginable type. Some smaller than a grain of sand, others larger than a coconut. Seeds …

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Anger is the weak person’s imitation of strength

A good reason not to get angry is anger broadcasts our own weakness. When we vent our anger, we are effectively shouting, “I’m scared! I’m frustrated! I’m hurt!.” That’s another way of saying, “I’m weak!” After all, we are only as big as the things that make us angry. The following are examples of frustration: becoming angry when someone takes …

Desire-I wish I were rich instead of exceedingly handsome

All right, I admit it. I was only joking. Actually, I’m perfectly content with just being extraordinarily good-looking. I just wanted to give an example of one of the thousands of wishes, yearnings, desires, cravings, longings, and wants that pop into our minds during the day. Desire is part of life. Among the things hoped for are riches, power, fame, …

It’s okay to pick your friends, but don’t pick them to pieces

What do you think of people who descend on their friends like vultures, criticizing, maligning, ridiculing, scorning, blaming, insulting, and belittling them? Actual vultures feed on carrion, but these human vultures pick their friends apart while they are still alive. Our family members are supposed to be our closest friends, yet even they may engage in the same malicious tactics. …

What to do when your kid’s shoes cost more than yours

What do you tell your children when they say they need expensive shoes so they can be “popular” at school? If their shoes cost more than yours, isn’t something wrong? Children are afraid they won’t be “loved” by their peers if they wear cheap clothes. And parents are afraid they won’t be “loved” by their children if they don’t give …

Self-Esteem – Why I know I am perfect

How do I know I’m perfect? Everyone tells me I am! Well, maybe they don’t directly say so, but they certainly suggest it. What they really say is, “Chuck, you’re nobody!” And as you know, nobody is perfect, so if I’m nobody, I’m perfect! Despite my less than perfect humor, I, like you, was born perfect. We all were. Anyone …

Tips to changing our attitude or the way we view the world

If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress (David Rockerfeller) You say you’re not satisfied? Things could be better? Great! You’re well on the road to moving forward. For the seed of progress is the need for improvement. According to Eugene V. Debs, “If it had not been for the discontent of a few fellows …

You don’t have to be disagreeable when you disagree

When a friend makes a remark about the weather that you disagree with, it’s easy to dismiss such a trivial matter without getting upset. However, if the subject changes to politics, religion, or other sensitive subjects, a simple misunderstanding can become a disagreement, which then leads to a quarrel, which, in turn, could end in bitterness and a breakup. Friendships …

The True Cause of Unhappiness

Is something disturbing, bothering, irritating, or annoying you? If so, what is troubling you? Is it a boss that is too demanding, a coworker that is too careless, or your children that are too noisy? Does the lack of civility, the increase in crime, or the apathy of young people upset you? Perhaps it is poor health, little money, or …

Helping the Dying to Live

One day we will all have to visit, help, or comfort a dying person. How should we treat someone with a terminal illness? Shouldn’t we treat them the same way we treat anyone else? Why should we treat them differently when there is no difference between us. After all, aren’t we all dying? Yes, we are all dying, but until …