There Are No Jerks, Only People

What would everyone you know say if you were to ask them, Did you ever meet a jerk? Wouldn’t they all reply yes? If so, that must mean there are a lot of jerks! Where do they all come from, and why is this an important question? Lets begin by analyzing where jerks come from. 1. MISUNDERSTANDING. Where do jerks …

It’s all UP to you

A few days ago I got an interesting e-mail. It was a Christian message made up of seven brief paragraphs. Each paragraph consisted of a heading, a one-sentence explanation, and a biblical quotation. The seven headings were: Wake Up!, Dress Up!, Shut Up!, Stand Up!, Look Up!, Reach Up!, Lift Up! I thought it was a great idea and decided …

Infidelity: It’s not whom you lie with. It’s whom you lie to

A woman reader asks, “How do you react when you find out that your mate has been unfaithful to you?” A question like this is fraught with difficulties. First, the degree to which infidelity, adultery, or unfaithfulness is condemned varies from culture to culture. In much of the world, for example, polygamy is still practiced. Second, the person posing the …

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Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd

Which of these two sayings is true? “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” or “Out of sight, out of mind.” The answer is that both are true. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” is true over the short term and “Out of sight, out of mind” is true over the long term. For example, when Charlie’s girlfriend, Betty, is gone …

Me, Myself, and I

As a kid, when I was asked who I went out to play with, I would reply, “Me, Myself, and I.” I thought it was a cute answer. Little did I realize then how profoundly true my statement was. You see, we are not one person, but three people. The first is the person we were born as. That is, …

There is no right way to do something wrong

About the time of Christ, the Panchatantra was used in India to teach worldly wisdom. In it, it is written, “The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.” So, since ancient times, the problems caused by deception have been recognized. It was understood that deceit severs the bonds of trust. Yet, since then, how …

Our imagination surpasses our gifts of reasoning and logic

The man who has no imagination has no wings (Muhammad Ali) The man who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, Muhammad Ali, praised the value of imagination when he said, “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” After all, how can we rise to towering heights, other than by the power of our imagination? Our …

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 …