Disappointment – The only thing certain about life is uncertainty

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope (Martin Luther King, Jr.) We all make plans, have dreams, and set goals. Will our plans materialize or end in complete failure? The only thing certain about life is uncertainty. So, our frail attempts may end in glorious victory or frustrating defeat. Such is the nature of life. We are …

Decisions without action are preparations for living without living

When all is said and done, more is said than done (Lou Holtz) Three frogs were sitting on a log. One decided to jump into the pond. How many were left? Did you answer two? Think again. You see, I didn’t say one jumped in; I just said one DECIDED to jump in. It’s not a technical point that I’m …

Ambiguity, vagueness, and uncertainty are not to be dreaded, but relished

Life is about not knowing… Delicious ambiguity! (Gilda Radner) Some people are uncomfortable with ambiguity. They have a need for precision. In their eyes, the world is clearly defined. Things are good or bad, right or wrong, virtuous or sinful. The problem is, the only time that is true is while we dream. Of what value is life if we …

Criminal Mind – “I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

We consider ourselves tolerant and compassionate. But where is our tolerance and compassion when it comes to prisoners? Christ had something to say about them, “Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from [the] world’s foundation: for I hungered, and ye gave me to eat; I thirsted, and ye gave me to drink; I was a …

To become aware of our power is a cause of joy

The best way to predict the future is to create it (Peter Drucker) Imagine being a wizard. If you were, you would have the powers of creation and transformation. You would be able to bring things into existence and transform what you dislike into something you do like. If you had such powers, what would you create? What would you …

Guilt upon the conscience is like rust upon iron

Seventeenth-century British Bishop, Robert South, wrote: “Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal.” More recently, American Psychotherapist Dr. Albert Ellis wrote, “The more sinful and guilty a person tends to feel, the less …

Death, taxes, and change

It’s often said that nothing is certain in life other than death and taxes. And after paying taxes, all that is left are two kinds of change. The change we carry in our purse and the unstoppable transformation of everything we experience. As change occurs at a dizzying pace, we cling to straws in the hope of finding stability. But …

Don’t mope, cope while there’s still hope

What is meant by coping? In the broad psychological sense it is the way we respond to our environment and the people we live and work with. However, this article is based on the common use of the term. That is, coping is making the best of a situation; it is coming to terms with or successfully dealing with whatever …

Conversations – Do you know why I talk to myself?

Why do I talk to myself? It’s the only way I can guarantee the conversation will be intelligent! When others join in, I often sprinkle the conversation with quotations from myself because everyone appreciates the wisdom I have to share. My detractors, however, claim that I don’t hold a conversation at all. Instead, they say, all I do is deliver …

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 …