What Does Finding Your Life Purpose Mean?

What Does Finding Your Life Purpose Mean?

Religious leaders tell us we were not created by accident, for we came into this world with a purpose the world needs. So, does this mean you have some special job or assignment given to you to fulfill? If so, are your life circumstances and fate aligning to get you to perform that incredible mission that will save the world? Or, is your life purpose the ability to find and pursue your passions and do good with them, whatever they may be?

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Sometimes I Miss My Old Self

Sometimes I Miss My Old Self

There was a time when I was certain I had it all together. My ego ruled over my life with what appeared to be a reliable set of rules and beliefs forged out of my many experiences. My life worked pretty well then, and I loved and revered my ego’s beliefs. They were welcoming, reassuring and reliable, until one day when they were not.

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Trust Your Journey of Self Fulfillment

Trust Your Journey of Self Fulfillment

I have never been comfortable letting go of control. I want what I want when I want it and don’t want to leave it up to chance. Trusting a Higher Power is very intimidating, and it takes great effort for me to let go and wait for the openings the Universe gives me. What if it is something I didn’t want?

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Life is not a Battle Between Good vs Evil

Life is not a Battle Between Good vs Evil

Over the years, a majority of political, religious, government, and education leaders have insisted that forces of good and evil are forever battling for supremacy over the world. They encouraged us to adopt a large inventory of things moral and immoral, strong and weak, positive and negative, winners and losers, etc. Our life experiences propelled us to add to this list. Those things that caused pain are bad, and those that gave us pleasure are good. As we learned to judge and compare ourselves to others, we added names to the list’s winner and loser category, often using these people as a standard to gage our level of success in the game of life.

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You Cannot Find Fulfillment by Ignoring Your Highest Self

You Cannot Find Fulfillment by Ignoring Your Highest Self

Until a few years ago, I believed being patient was for losers; winners made their own way. The proverb, “where there is a will, there is a way” had me convinced that—if I wanted something bad enough—I had to rely on my willpower to make things happen exactly as I wanted and in my timing. From my vantage point, this is what successful people did, they made things happen, obstacles be damned.

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Pain Infuses Us to Make Changes

Pain Infuses Us to Make Changes

As I looked further for the existence of a Higher Power guiding me, I was not satisfied with the idea that choosing good thoughts would lead me to a greater connection with my highest, most authentic self. This seemed such a nebulous and unconvincing way to start a new path. If there truly was a Higher Power, then surely He/She would reach out to me in a way that left no doubt. I became the modern version of Thomas in the Bible who would not believe in Christ’s resurrection until he touched the nail wounds in Jesus’ hands. Such was the beginning of my search for personal messages from a Higher Power in the form of mystical experiences.

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Do this Daily to Create Greater Joy in Your Life

Do this Daily to Create Greater Joy in Your Life

I will not experience again the same level of emotional pain I suffered the day I saw my parents disappear into the horizon as the plane I was on sped towards Miami from Havana, Cuba. Starting my American life as an orphan in a Colorado orphanage was rough. Yet, these events catapulted my life into the miracle of hope and opportunity it is today. When I reflect on my life, the proof is irrefutable; even the most painful events taught me lessons that helped shape me into a better man. 

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Is It Necessary to Have a Love Partner to Live a Successful Life?

Is It Necessary to Have a Love Partner to Live a Successful Life?

There was a time when propagating was our species’ highest priority. To comply, one needed a mate of the opposite sex to create offspring. As the concept of family developed, having an exclusive love partner became very important. Today, propagating humans is not as necessary as it used to be, for we can all see we have bred humans to beat the band.

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Making Peace with an Unrepentant Abuser

Making Peace with an Unrepentant Abuser

Whenever I remember my father and mother, I am reminded of the thorny relationship I shared with both of them. Physical and emotional abuse played such an enormous part of our time together. It is not my intent to tarnish their memory, I bring it up because, fortunately, I have been able to reach a level of understanding and acceptance that they were, in their own way, doing the best they could. This allowed me to absolve what they did or failed to do, but it wasn’t easy.

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Your Time for Rebirth is Near When these Seven Signs Are Present

Your Time for Rebirth is Near When these Seven Signs Are Present

Life transitions often catch us by surprise. They can demoralize and disorient us, especially if we thought we were doing the right things all along. Suddenly, it becomes difficult to explain why that dream job you got five years ago has become empty and lackluster. Or the ideal mate that you married has inexplicably become aloof and you wonder if the marriage will last. During times like these, we can become so afraid of the changes we may need to make, that we often chose the road of denial to sidestep the emptiness and dissatisfaction we are experiencing. But disavowing reality will not allow you to escape the inevitable shift that is coming into your life.

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Every Person is Doing the Best They Know How

Every Person is Doing the Best They Know How

One of the toughest concepts to understand about life is that people—no matter how evil or unethical you think they are—are doing the best they can. Yet, it is factually true. Just like us, the environment they were born into and the people and experiences that came into their lives shaped them.

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Every Ending Marks a New Beginning

Every Ending Marks a New Beginning

Spring and summer remind me of the emerging human spirit. Watching a new plant powering through the barren ground into the light of the sun is a metaphor for the incredible resurgent powers that every person possesses. Just like a plant, we are often called to fight through the darkness of our lives so that we may reach the light.

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To Live Authentically You Must Embrace What You Hide 

To Live Authentically You Must Embrace What You Hide 

Our fears initiated our negative self-beliefs into existence. They could have been triggered by a terrible childhood event, or one that caused a painful loss. Perhaps it is a personality trait that people around you judge negatively. Whatever it is, this hidden part of ourselves keeps us living a limited life and prevents us from being our authentic selves.

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You Have More in Common with a House Plant than You Think

You Have More in Common with a House Plant than You Think

Whenever people around me talk to each other as though I wasn’t there, I use a line to get their attention I learned long ago, “What am I? A Potted Plant?”. Brendan V. Sullivan, attorney for Marine Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver North during the Iran-Contra hearings is credited with using the first version of this line. I love using this quip as a humorous way of reminding friends they are ignoring me like they do potted plants. But the truth is that we should not be ignoring them, for we share a lot more things with these plants than we realize.

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If It is a Maybe, then the Answer is NO

If It is a Maybe, then the Answer is NO

Many people settle for unsatisfactory choices in the major areas of their lives, like career or relationships. There is a good reason for this if you are from my generation, the Baby Boomers.  We grew up being told to be logical, to choose things that will please our parents, or to rely on the opinion of friends and family before making any decisions. We learned that our most profound wishes were pipe dreams and that it made no sense to pursue them. 

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Have You Lost Your Way? 

Have You Lost Your Way? 

We know where to get our problems fixed. A toothache we take to a dentist, a cold to a doctor, a sore back to a chiropractor. Masseuses help us loosen up and relax. Dieticians give us advice on what to eat. Many have ready lists ranging from plumbers to mechanics to deal with the myriad of external problems that become present in our lives. We act fast to get these things repaired, but we ignore the spiritual signs that tell us we have lost ourselves.

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The Law of Attraction at Work in Your Life

The Law of Attraction at Work in Your Life

While in search for spiritual direction, I came across one of the main tenets of spiritual thought called “the Law of Attraction”. This law is a theory from Quantum Physics, the branch of science that deals with nature at small scales and low energy of atoms and subatomic particles.

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You as an Instrument of Peace

You as an Instrument of Peace

There is an adage claiming terrible things come in threes. There is no data to back this up because perception is subjective, what some judge as awful, others don’t. This adage amounts to nothing is more than a person trying to find logic in the random events that happen in their life. But the combinational effects of three events, a pandemic, the economic turmoil left in its aftermath, and the unrest triggered by the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of police seem to add credence to this old belief concerning challenging events. These past few months highlight some of the toughest periods in our nation’s history. People are genuinely frightened by them and are questioning the ability of our nation to survive them.

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You Find Fulfillment When You Learn to Live Beyond Your Fears

You Find Fulfillment When You Learn to Live Beyond Your Fears

We have become a fear-based culture. We fear not being properly insured, missing out on an activity, not having the best car or living in the right neighborhood, not having enough money. One need only look at our nightly news to understand that we lust for a regular dosage of fear-mongering to get us through the day. Worrisome topics rule our conversations with friends and family where we warn them of the oncoming doom and fill them with the precautionary actions they must immediately take.

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Every Life Has Meaning and Purpose

Every Life Has Meaning and Purpose

When I consider the events going on in our world today, it is easy for me to judge and segregate between the people I like and those I don’t. Up to now, this has been an unconscious reflex, but now I am aware of it and I cannot accept this trait enhances the greater good I am trying to create. This is because I judge some lives more valuable than others. If I truly believe we are all made in God’s image and likeness, then I must accept that every life comes from the same source. This can only lead to one conclusion; every life matters.

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Something Much Greater than You is in Charge

Something Much Greater than You is in Charge

Think about it, if your ego was in charge, then everything you ever wanted would be yours. You would be rich, living in a big house with all the latest gizmos, driving the latest German luxury car. Unquestionably, you would be in charge of a successful business or be a famous movie star. If it was my ego in charge, I would be a professional basketball player who could jump so high I could dunk the ball with my feet.   

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More Unites than Divides Us, But We Have to Look for It

More Unites than Divides Us, But We Have to Look for It

Media pundits and politicians continue to promote the idea we are a divided nation. This is true. There are many areas of conflict, in particular, we seem most divided among political and religious lines. But I don’t believe we are all that divided. The media thrives on reporting on conflict and fear because they know that will keep people tuning in. They are helping to create this illusion of separateness with reports that support a sense of tribalism.

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Constructive Things One Can Do When Things Don’t Work Out as Planned

Constructive Things One Can Do When Things Don’t Work Out as Planned

Just the other day, while taking a walk, I ran into a big turtle (the size of a basketball) laying on its back. Don’t know how it got there, but it was frantically trying to turn over so it could get out from under the hot sun. Ironically, the hard shell the turtle relies on for protection was killing him/her. It would have died had I not turned him/her over upright. The incident reminded me of an old life lesson; tomorrow is not promised to anyone, we can never do enough to protect ourselves from everything life throws at us. 

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We Are Ageless Spirits with Unlimited Possibilities

We Are Ageless Spirits with Unlimited Possibilities

Scientists know that Quantum math incorporates many possibilities for the outcomes of all measurements. They also know that Quantum Physics promotes this idea of unlimited possibilities because of the theory that all material structures are the actualization of invisible forms. In other words, all ideas come from an invisible source of unlimited intelligence therefore, if you can think it, you can create it.

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Paying Attention to Your Soul’s Warnings

Paying Attention to Your Soul’s Warnings

The Universe/God/Higher Power never stops teaching us. While it is easy to feel aligned with this Power’s influence when times are easy, it is much more difficult to see the Universe at work when we are amid stormy waters. However, the fearful feelings that overwhelm us during times like these are important messages from our soul. This is the lesson I am learning under the tutelage of CORVID-19.

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Sometimes, a Lizard is Just a Lizard 

Sometimes, a Lizard is Just a Lizard 

Society defines the term delusion of grandeur as the false belief in one’s own superiority, greatness and intelligence. I have never met a person (myself included) who does not suffer from this affliction. This is particularly visible when we act as though we are the center of the Universe. Perhaps, technically speaking, each one of us is the center of our own world, but that does not make us superior to anyone.  

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Why Do We Stay in Relationships We Know We Should Leave?

Why Do We Stay in Relationships We Know We Should Leave?

What makes less sense, beating a dead horse or watering a dead plant? Does it matter what time of year you do this? This is how nonsensical the logic behind our excuses to stay in dysfunctional relationships sounds like. What good does it do for two people in a bad relationship to wait until they have the right amount of money in the bank, or for the kids to grow up, etc. before they consider ending it?

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Is COVID-19 Part of a Karmic Payback?

Is COVID-19 Part of a Karmic Payback?

The common explanation for Karma has always bothered me. Maybe I have interpreted the teachings incorrectly, but I cannot accept there is some kind of heavenly score board that keeps tabs on the bad things a person has done and then smacks him/her down later in their life with some sort of payback. Hard to accept karma is like what John Lennon describes in the lyrics in his song Instant Karma;

                    “Instant Karma’s gonna get you

                      Gonna knock you off your feet”

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There Will Always Be Things that Disrupt Your Peaceful Life Balance  

There Will Always Be Things that Disrupt Your Peaceful Life Balance  

There are people already insinuating the coronavirus is some kind of sign the end of days is coming. This is like a few years ago when there was an increase in the number of natural disasters happened and some claimed the death and destruction they caused was a sign of God’s displeasure with us “sinners”. This is bull crap! However, I remember a time when I too believed that the bad things that happened to me were proof of God’s displeasure for something I did or failed to do. Today, I know better. The fact is that “shit happens” in every person’s life. There is no escaping hard times, for they are a necessary part of the human experience.    

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Self-Reflection 101

Self-Reflection 101

Life is finite, but many live mindlessly convinced we own plenty of time to spare. Every moment lost is one you cannot get back. Although this is intuitive knowledge, very few possess the presence of mind to ensure they are living life to their fullest capacity. If you are tired of the way your life is going, then it is important during this life time out we are experiencing to do some self-reflecting.

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Our Love and Service to One Another Will Get Us Through This 

Our Love and Service to One Another Will Get Us Through This 

The future seems more uncertain than ever before. Will life return to what we once understood to be normal? Will the things important before this contagion-imposed purgatory began still mean the same? Life has taught me the answer to both questions is no. One can never go back to the way things were before the transformation began.  

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We Can Create What We Fear

We Can Create What We Fear

Seems like everywhere you look today, there is reason to feel scared. Listening to the daily press conferences by our elected officials, followed by the second guessing that happens afterwards, it is easy to feel frightened and depressed. But you don’t have to project your expectation of worse things to come into this fear-full situation when the potential of good things happening is just as likely.

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This is the Perfect Time to Develop a Spiritual Practice 

This is the Perfect Time to Develop a Spiritual Practice 

There are so many people who are petrified of the confinement our city, state and federal leaders have mandated to contain the outbreak of coronavirus. The thought of living without the daily hustle and bustle is intimidating. This is not unexpected. We have grown so accustomed to filling our time with an endless bevy of activity that we lost our ability to differentiate between what we need and the superfluous.

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Seven Things You Can Do Today to Help You Recover Successfully from Difficult Times

Seven Things You Can Do Today to Help You Recover Successfully from Difficult Times

We spend our lives chasing after money, power, fame, status and power thinking this will make us happy. A few achieve a certain amount of these things and discover they didn’t make them happy at all. It took me a while to learn this about life, but now I know I understand the concept that lasting happiness comes from within. While material gains may give you a temporary high, they don’t make life better in the long run.

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Turning Points Are Essential Parts of Our Lives

Turning Points Are Essential Parts of Our Lives

With the threat of the Coronavirus hovering over our heads, I am reminded of how life’s turning points come without warning. Whether an individual, community, organization or, as it is happening today, for nations and the world, turning points offer the opportunity to become better, more enlightened. They can also turn us to our dark side. That fate depends on the choices we make. I am not trying to minimize the pain and suffering that life’s turning points can bring. Undoubtedly, the Coronavirus is a threat many of us have not seen in our lifetimes. There will be a great loss of people, businesses and financial stability, However, our best bet to deal with this situation is to remain as positive and optimistic as we can. 

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Sometimes, All You Can Do is Walk Beside Someone Who is Suffering

Sometimes, All You Can Do is Walk Beside Someone Who is Suffering

I don’t understand what it is in me that causes me to want to solve other people’s problems. This is a bad habit because so often I am giving advice without listening to the pain within the person. I am not alone in this, for it is common for people to blurt out their solution to another’s travails.

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A Litmus Test for Leaders; Are You Helping to Create a Greater Good?

A Litmus Test for Leaders; Are You Helping to Create a Greater Good?

Doing the right thing is not a default position for great leaders, it is their only option. While it is important to pay attention to a person’s behavior and words, comportment alone is not enough to determine the level of his/her leadership ability. The quality of their decisions must also be part of this evaluation.

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Become the Person You Want Others to Be

Become the Person You Want Others to Be

In the heat of our many discussions, a friend of mine would often scold me with these words, “Guillermo, opinions are like assholes, everybody has one.” This was his good-natured way of pointing out my tendency to share an opinion on everything under the sun, whether or not I know anything about the subject.

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Feeling Stressed? Get Out of the Driver’s Seat

Feeling Stressed? Get Out of the Driver’s Seat

We have grown accustomed to have stress rule our lives. Many mistakenly believe stress is natural. Some think being under stress is a sign of an active, productive life. i was taught that, if you are not feeling stressed or struggling to accomplish something, then you are wasting time. Actor Robert De Niro depicted this thought when he said,

“You will have time to rest when you are dead.”

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What Scientists Say About the Existence of a Higher Being

What Scientists Say About the Existence of a Higher Being

Educated as a civil engineer, I have relied on the hard and fast rules of force, physics, math and mechanics of materials to guide my view of the Universe. Yet, no amount of scientific facts and mathematical equations could ever explain the inner movements of my soul. It took the times of painful endings to open the door to my spiritual world.

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My Top Ten Tips for Aging Well

My Top Ten Tips for Aging Well

Aging is a natural part of life. Whether a newborn or a sexagenarian, you are growing older by the second. But aging does not have to be passive or unconscious, you can determine the quality of the way you age. It is a matter of mastering what life gives you in a way that fulfills you and simultaneously helps create a greater good.

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Eight Signs that Define True Love 

Eight Signs that Define True Love 

Ask anyone how they define love and they will give you their version of romantic love. This is not surprising, as our culture bombards us with a plethora of stories by which to base our definition for love.

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Five Key Qualities of an Inspirational Person

Five Key Qualities of an Inspirational Person

Everyone needs someone to inspire them now and again. It is a fact of life that sometimes it takes more than coffee to lift us out of our doldrums. I often rely on inspirational authors to give my soul spiritual CPR when I am feeling low. Fortunately, there are many wonderful writer who blog and publish books that provide the inspiration many of us need. Sometimes a good friend or family member can provide this kind of stimulus and it is important to determine who they are.

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Want More Joy in Your Life? Stop Judging Others

Want More Joy in Your Life? Stop Judging Others

Even with the best intentions not to do it, I often pass judgement on people, situations and myself. This is an old habit that has been hard to break and whose net result often leads me to self-loathing and discouragement.

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You Can See the Presence of a Higher Power in Your Life

You Can See the Presence of a Higher Power in Your Life

There was a time when I didn’t believe in anything except my willpower to succeed, but all that came tumbling down five years ago and I felt disoriented and disenchanted. Things are different for me now. I am living the best years of my life and I am the most comfortable I have ever been inside my skin. It took a while, but I finally learned there are times when you have to be shaken away from everything you rely on so you can be set free to go to the place you were meant to be. Seeing this for the first time helped me realize there is a Higher Power at work in my life.

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Ten Characteristics that Identify the People Who Love You

Ten Characteristics that Identify the People Who Love You

Unless you have been living in isolation in some monastery hidden deep in Nepal, you know there are people in this world we don’t belong with. Nobody warned us about this when we were young. In fact, we were taught the opposite. My parents, for example, taught me as a child to respect and obey all adults and I relied on this value indiscriminately throughout the years. I didn’t take into account that not all of them behaved honorably, in fact, some were toxic and I should have avoided.

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Five Keys to Aging Well 

Five Keys to Aging Well 

Growing older is a fact of life. We see it in our children as they change from babies to adulthood. Our face wrinkles and greying hair become the signs that the years are traveling past us, yet few of us give thought to the aging process while our lives fly by. If you remain unconscious to how you are aging, you may wake up someday and begrudge being older. But, if you stick to these five key things, you will discover that aging well is within your power.

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Socks Disappearing in the Laundry and Other Life Mysteries

Socks Disappearing in the Laundry and Other Life Mysteries

We are not even at the end of January and I have already lost my third sock in the laundry. Now, every time I open the sock drawer, I am reminded of this mishap by the three lone sock soldiers sitting idly waiting to hear news about their missing mates.

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What If Your Greatest Fears Came True?

What If Your Greatest Fears Came True?

Nothing stirs up your fears more than taking a risk. Any option challenging you to leave your zone of comfort and security can seem like a threat to your survival. Although I know this reluctance to change comes from the ego, that is not enough to keep me from freezing up from making life decisions that call for new beginnings. I can easily talk myself out of new and necessary course corrections by my what-iffing them to death.

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Next One Up!

Next One Up!

We make it hard to let go of situations that are bad for us. This is particularly true when it comes to love relationships. Even when the evidence is in front of us, we analyze and rationalize another’s behavior in a way that postpones our responsibility to take action and allows us to stay in an unhealthy setting.

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Do You Project Your Fears onto Someone Else When Giving Advice?

Do You Project Your Fears onto Someone Else When Giving Advice?

For some strange reason, I always tried to scare the crap out of my children when I wanted them to stop doing something. “You will get sick if you eat all of that candy.” Funny advice coming from me considering I am the one who got them the candy in the first place. “Get down from that tree before you get hurt.” Nonsensical advice I gave them after lifting them up to a branch. But I realize I am not alone giving children this kind of advice. Some might consider this good parenting, but now I am not so sure.

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Which You Are You Promising to Be in 2020?

Which You Are You Promising to Be in 2020?

Ringing in the New Year with a plethora of resolutions is a well-known aspect of this annual celebration. The will to adhere to them is always strong in the new year’s first days, but come the second week in January, the desire to change has gone as if they were visiting family members.  

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Negative Emotions are Signs You Need to Take Action

Negative Emotions are Signs You Need to Take Action

Nothing is permanent in life. Yet, we assign permanency to many situations, like having good health, or being with one partner in a long term romantic union. When these things diminish or go away, we find ourselves caught in a quagmire of negative emotions.

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Irritability and Bad Moods Are Rooted in Your Faulty Thinking

Irritability and Bad Moods Are Rooted in Your Faulty Thinking

The other day, I was driving late on my way to meet friends and play tennis. There was no one else to blame for my belatedness but me, as I had over-scheduled myself with too many activities. This is something I often do. But I took no responsibility. From the moment I got in my car, I was already demanding from the sea of traffic I would encounter to clear a path along the way.

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Every Decision Has Consequences

Every Decision Has Consequences

One predictable thing about life is that all roads lead to our individual development. There will be lessons for us no matter what path we chose. Therefore, it is so important not to judge the decisions we make as proper or improper, correct or incorrect.

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Trust Your Journey of Self Fulfillment

Trust Your Journey of Self Fulfillment

I have never been comfortable letting go of control. I want what I want when I want it, don’t want to leave it up to chance. Trusting a Higher Power is very intimidating and it takes great effort for me to let go and wait for the things the Universe gives me. What if it is something I don’t want?

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Your Greatest Power is in the Now

Your Greatest Power is in the Now

How to prepare for the future was a big part of what my parents taught me. I adhered to their advice for decades on the assumption I could create a future I could plan for today. Little did I stop to reflect on the fact that I could never predict what will happen in the next fifteen minutes, except maybe that I will eat my next meal.

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Living Comfortably Inside Your Skin

Living Comfortably Inside Your Skin

Life is a journey we take alone. This is not a complaint; it is a fact. There is no one else in there with you, so you might as well work to be comfortable while your finite body houses your spirit. The great news is that you are in command and you can choose any direction you want.

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Self Fulfillment – An Invitation to Greatness

Self Fulfillment – An Invitation to Greatness

Have you ever reached a point in your life when you wondered what on earth you were doing here? I have, several times in fact. Loss and failure have usually ushered this questioning into my wounded thoughts.

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Your Ego Wants Bring Pain and Disappointment 

Your Ego Wants Bring Pain and Disappointment 

Everything I have ever done rooted in self-seeking has never amounted to much. The same goes for the things I longed for in the material world. Having a bigger home, a new car, latest styles and most modern gadgets filled my inner emptiness for just a little while. It didn’t take long after to place my sights on new desires.

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Life Becomes Better When You Focus on What You Have

Life Becomes Better When You Focus on What You Have

I loved the series Mad Men. It was a crazy and entertaining reminder of how we are suckers for glib and flashy ads. While this show was enjoyable TV watching, it also reminded me that the premise of sales is to make us believe we are lacking joy, comfort or ease because we don’t own what they are selling.

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You Can Live a Fulfilling Life Being Selfish, But There is a Catch

You Can Live a Fulfilling Life Being Selfish, But There is a Catch

No matter how you slice it, everything we do is for our personal benefit. We love someone because we get something from them; we do a job because we profit from the rewards, we buy showy things to be seen as cool. Even our play is done for our pleasure. This is how we are wired, it is natural and it makes us selfish.

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Relationship Escape Clauses and What They Mean

Relationship Escape Clauses and What They Mean

It is very normal for relationships, even those that started with great joy and optimism, to wither and die. No one can promise to love another forever, for we cannot foresee the future. But it is necessary to understand what a relationship’s dynamics are when one partner wants out of the union and the other does not.

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Becoming Your Best Self – You Are a Force to Be Reckoned With

Becoming Your Best Self – You Are a Force to Be Reckoned With

How many nights have you spent whining and whimpering about the things that didn’t work out, like the promotion you didn’t get or the lover who got away? How many hours have you wasted afraid of making an important decision or worrying that the decision you made may be the wrong one? I wasted a good part of my life doing these stupid things. 

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Would You Trade for Another’s Life If You Had the Chance? 

Would You Trade for Another’s Life If You Had the Chance? 

Jim Nolan, my best friend from college died in his early fifties from cancer of the esophagus. Jim was a dear friend and the two of us shared many experiences that brought us closer. We graduated from the same civil Engineering Class at the University of Colorado and moved together to Los Angeles to work for the same engineering company. Within a year, we returned to Colorado to work for another. After several years, Jim left the company to work for the Colorado Department of Transportation. I followed him there six months later. We even moved to the same neighborhood and carpooled to work.

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Nothing in the Universe Goes Backward, You Included 

Nothing in the Universe Goes Backward, You Included 

Historians credit author Thomas Wolfe for coming up with the expression, “You can’t go home again”. Although this was the title of his book, many people have used this idiom to describe the notion that you cannot return to the way things were.

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Friends Are like Family Members You Get to Choose

Friends Are like Family Members You Get to Choose

Our society teaches us that family always comes first. This is so ingrained in us we are shocked when some of the people next to us behave like scumbags. Unfortunately, this is a fact of life, for we didn’t get to choose our family members. As author Harper Lee aptly stated in To Kill a Mockingbird,
“You can choose your friends, but you sho’ can’t choose your family” 

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You Were Not Meant for Everybody Nor Was Everyone Meant for You 

You Were Not Meant for Everybody Nor Was Everyone Meant for You 

It is very difficult for people pleasers, like me, to accept the concept we were not meant for everyone nor was everyone meant for us. The reason for this is that people pleasers get our sense of worth from the approval of others. I learned, however, that, no matter how hard I try, there are people who dislike me simply for taking my share of oxygen from the planet.

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Your Purpose is Not Defined by Titles and Achievements

Your Purpose is Not Defined by Titles and Achievements

Even if you assume we are just one of countless microcosms in the Universe, nature shows you daily that even the smallest organism has a purpose. Let’s take the human body as an example. Scientist have proven that your body replaces every cell roughly every seven years.

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How Negativity Makes Your Life Suck

How Negativity Makes Your Life Suck

One of my all-time favorite characters on Saturday Night Live was Debbie Downer. Comedian Rachel Dratch played this fictional character in several SNL skits and she was hilarious.

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Are Humans Here in Search of a Corporeal or Spiritual Experience?

Are Humans Here in Search of a Corporeal or Spiritual Experience?

Not too long ago, a movie came out based on a book by Garth Stein titled, The Art of Racing in the Rain. The story’s main character, a dog named Enzo, narrates the story. According to Enzo, the canine existence is an apprenticeship to becoming human. If the dog finishes their years having evolved enough, they will return to a new life as humans.

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To Cherish Life, One Must Feel Gratitude for All of It

To Cherish Life, One Must Feel Gratitude for All of It

It is rare to find a person who does not wish to go back in time and change events that happened. They must already know what has taken me a lifetime to learn; it would not do much good, for if we changed our experiences, we would not be the persons we are today.

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In Order to Overcome Our Challenges, Having Courage is Overrated

In Order to Overcome Our Challenges, Having Courage is Overrated

Hurricane season in Florida is always nervy, especially when the expected development of a mounting storm becomes the centerpiece of media reports. Make no mistake, hurricanes need to be taken seriously. The devastation they leave in their wake is often beyond human understanding. Puerto Rico and the Bahamas are recent examples of the kind of horrible devastation a hurricane leaves behind. These areas deserve our help and attention, for it will take decades for these wonderful places to fully recover. However, hurricanes can teach us a lot about life.

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Life Purpose Becomes More Powerful as You Mature

Life Purpose Becomes More Powerful as You Mature

It is common to believe we were all wired to be something special, but is it just one thing for every lifetime? Is this special something connected to career or accumulating worth? These two questions are worth pondering, especially since as parents, teachers and mentors, we will teach new minds who come after us about how to find their life’s meaning. 

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Don’t Let Anyone Douse Your Passion for Life

Don’t Let Anyone Douse Your Passion for Life

Ok, maybe my headline is a little over the top, but I know we all have love hate relationship with our doctors. They are the bearers of bad news, for we all know they will deliver the news we are going to die someday. My real purpose was to get to divert your attention to this important message; we should focus our lives on living, not on dying.

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It is Useless to Work Against the Speed the Universe Gives You

It is Useless to Work Against the Speed the Universe Gives You

Until a few years ago, I believed being patient was for losers; winners made their own way. The proverb, “where there is a will, there is a way” had me convinced that—if I wanted something bad enough—I had to rely on my willpower to make things happen exactly as I wanted and in my timing. From my vantage point, this is what successful people did, they made things happen, obstacles be damned.

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Is it Too Late to Find Love After 50 and Beyond?

Is it Too Late to Find Love After 50 and Beyond?

It is a sign of the times that divorce continues to be at the highest rates ever. Some perceive this as a bad thing, as the end of a long-term relationship can leave a person feeling alone and discouraged. But, like every life challenge that crosses each path, the end of one love can lead to the beginning of an even fuller and more fulfilling relationship.

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Anger is too Bulky and Ugly a Load to Carry Well 

Anger is too Bulky and Ugly a Load to Carry Well 

We hear a lot about how everyone being angry about something these days. This is hard to disagree with when you consider all the instances of violence, fear-mongering and destructive political discord manifesting themselves in our society.

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Any Action Made with Intention is Better Than no Action

Any Action Made with Intention is Better Than no Action

Every decision we make in life has its own consequences. Every action we take or avoid taking brings its own challenges and struggles. If you deem procrastinating has no consequences, you are mistaken. The best step on the road to achieving your goals is to take action, no matter how small, to make them come true.

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As you Grow, You Become a More Beautiful Expression of Life

As you Grow, You Become a More Beautiful Expression of Life

We use the phrase “you are perfect just as you are” as a way to express appreciation for others. But it is wrong to think we are perfect. Perfection is an illusion, it has no definition, it is not an image fixed in time. The fact is we are always changing and evolving. Telling someone they are perfect just as they are belittles the self-reflection they need to continue seeking their most authentic self.

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Do You Need a Love Partner to Live a Successful and Meaningful Life?

Do You Need a Love Partner to Live a Successful and Meaningful Life?

There was a time when propagating our species was the highest priority. To do so, one needed a mate to create families, which made having a love partner very important. That may not be the case today, for we can all see we have bred humans to beat the band. Although some would argue this, I believe our human species today must adopt a new priority; that of self-actualization. This has been coming since enlightened humans (Christ, Buddha, Muhammed, to name a few) opened our minds to life’s spiritual realm and changed the world as much as science and technology.

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Make Pleasing Yourself Your Highest Priority

Make Pleasing Yourself Your Highest Priority

In his book, An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake, Srinivas Rao states,“Work for an audience of one. When the only person you are trying to please is yourself, judgements vanish, and in that process we become more present.”

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You Are Everything You Think You Are

You Are Everything You Think You Are

We misunderstand the power of the mind to create our reality. This is apparent from the way people use affirmations as though they were wishes someone out there can fulfill. I think the use of affirmations is important, but I don’t trust repeating them daily can get you a million dollars or a date with Halle Berry. Mind you, believing you can get these things is better than not, but I don’t think just wishing for them provides any guarantee.

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You Are Always on the Verge of Greatness

You Are Always on the Verge of Greatness

There is a myriad of sayings about age that are frequently used in American culture. Their seeming purpose is to make us feel better about growing older. Here is a small sampling;

“You are only as old as you feel.”

“Age is just a number.”

“Wrinkles are traces of where our smiles have been.”

“Old age is a lot better than the alternative.”

“He/she is —– years young.”

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Dating Advice for People Over Fifty

Dating Advice for People Over Fifty

A few days ago, a friend and I were reminiscing about our lives when our conversation turned to our dating adventures. After some heartfelt belly laughs, we both delineated the many mistakes we have made in search for a romantic partner. I wanted to share them with you. Although I present my perspective from the male point of view, I think this advice is good for women, at least it will help shed some light on the pressures we all face.  

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We Can Find Contentment in How We Manage Adversity

We Can Find Contentment in How We Manage Adversity

A news show I was listening to proposed the idea that the nation needs a particular candidate as president because he knows loss and pain. Perhaps I misunderstood what they meant, but I don’t think this is correct. By all means, we need leaders who struggled in life and have suffered, but that is not enough. While we all suffer different degrees of stress and anxiety in life, we don’t need a consoler-in chief; we need someone who can help bring us together. This cannot be achieved by someone reminding us of what pain and suffering is like, leaders who envision what the triumph over suffering will be like for all of us are the ones who can unite us.

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It May Seem Like It, But the World is not Really Ending

It May Seem Like It, But the World is not Really Ending

Another mass shooting, missile launched, high profile controversy, along with all the assorted bad news we hear so often and it is easy to believe we are spiraling the world into oblivion. As an immigrant child who was separated from my parents by Castro”s Revolution when I was ten, news about raids on immigrants, the crisis in the southern border and the separation of children from their families leave me feeling depressed. My heart aches every time I see pictures and videos of the empty and sad faces of children in American internment camps. This experience of family separation that saw me start life over in an orphanage in a country where I didn’t know the language is by far the greatest trauma I have ever survived.

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You Don’t Have Any Birthdays to Waste

You Don’t Have Any Birthdays to Waste

A few weeks have gone by since two of my greatest childhood idols, John Havlicek and Bart Starr, passed away. I mourn their losses and thank them both for the thrills they brought into my life. Who can ever forget Bart Starr leading his Green Bay Packers to victory against Dallas in the “Ice Bowl”, one of the greatest football games of all times? John Havlicek won eight NBA championships during his sixteen-year career with the Boston Celtics.

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Six Perplexing Things You Must Understand About life

Six Perplexing Things You Must Understand About life

My parents were batshit crazy. It wasn’t so much that they had faults, every human has them, it was that their marital union blended their failings into a cocktail of emotional and psychological poison. As you read this article, make no mistake, I am grateful for them and how they helped shape the person I am today, but it was no picnic. 

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What to do When a Family Member Betrays You

What to do When a Family Member Betrays You

Game of Thrones and human history have one thing in common; life is just one damn thing after another. But there is one other thing that may not seem so obvious; they both contain a lot of episodes about family members betraying one another. The fact is that “blood is not thicker than water” as the adage proclaims. Being related by blood is not the strongest human bond there is. 

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Living a Happy Life Amidst the Negativity Surrounding You

Living a Happy Life Amidst the Negativity Surrounding You

Although you may not know of it, you are being influenced by many negative forces. This is more prevalent than you think. It is in books, TV Programs, the workplace, church, your favorite sporting venue, etc. It is even there when you engage in gossip about others.

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You Cannot Make Another Love You

You Cannot Make Another Love You

Nothing in life is guaranteed, especially when it comes to being loved by someone else. This can apply to anyone who surrounds you, be it mother, father, sibling or lover, their love for you is not automatic. For that matter, it may never be.

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Easy to Love Our Desired Outcomes, but not the Process to Get Them

Easy to Love Our Desired Outcomes, but not the Process to Get Them

The day we stop having dreams is the day we stop living. Dreams can motivate us to become better people or to accomplish greater things. Having a vision for the future separates the human species from the rest of the animal kingdom. Dreaming, therefore, is an essential gift a Higher Consciousness gave us as part of our creation.

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What Dancing Salsa is Teaching Me About Life

What Dancing Salsa is Teaching Me About Life

Some of the best salseros (salsa dancers) in the world come from the Caribbean Island I call home, Cuba. During my two return visits to Cuba—in 2001 and 2016, forty years after my parents sent me fleeing Castro’s Revolution to the United States—this joyful and sensuous type of dancing was still front and center in Cuban culture. Like baseball (beisbol), salsa rhythms are part of every Cuban’s DNA (or so I am told).

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Reconfiguring Life After a Major Loss

Reconfiguring Life After a Major Loss

Major losses spare no one in this world.  I am reminded of this by my children who lost their mother to Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease a few days ago.

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Unsolicited “Constructive Criticism” is Pretty Worthless

Unsolicited “Constructive Criticism” is Pretty Worthless

Most people believe we can always do better. This may seem like an honorable and humble attitude to have, but it is a pronouncement that is too open-ended by which to judge our efforts. We can be better according to whom, or based on what standard? Unfortunately, there are many people willing to define better for us, and we make the mistake of letting them affect our actions.

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One Thing You Can Do Daily to Guarantee Greater Joy in Your Life

One Thing You Can Do Daily to Guarantee Greater Joy in Your Life

When I reflect on my life, the proof is irrefutable; even the most painful events introduced a benefit that helped shape me into who I truly am. I will not experience again the same level of emotional pain I suffered the day I saw my parents disappear into the horizon as the plane I was on sped towards Miami from Havana, Cuba. Starting my American life as an orphan in a Colorado orphanage was rough. Yet, this event catapulted my life into the miracle of hope and opportunity it is today.

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It is What You Do in the Meantime that Matters

It is What You Do in the Meantime that Matters

I’ve seen enough to have lost my fear of death. This wasn’t always the case. During my twenties and thirties, I thought I would live forever, but losing loved ones along the way changed all of that. I began realizing my mortality then, but not embracing it. That has taken me till now to do.

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Finding Love in all the Right Places

Finding Love in all the Right Places

It did not take me long to find inspirational topics to write about during my recent visit to Spain. The first thing that caught my eye was a sign in the corner of a small tapas restaurant in Madrid. It contained this quote from Mexican painter Frida Kahlo,

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Creating a Reality You Want Does not Mean You Get Everything Desired

Creating a Reality You Want Does not Mean You Get Everything Desired

Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak just became the 24th candidate in the crowded field of those seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. This large number of candidates has become the fodder for ridicule, especially by late night show comedians, but this is a serious matter. Deciding to run a national campaign for president is no easy task, and you can bet all 24 candidates will put all of their heart, soul and sweat into this effort.

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Does Failing Mean You Were Not Trying Hard Enough?

Does Failing Mean You Were Not Trying Hard Enough?

There is probably no single person alive in America today (and perhaps the world) who has not heard the advice, “whatever you do, always give it your best.” I grew up convinced of this. It sounded like good advice, even noble and admirable. We should always give our best effort, I figured, but this was easier said than done, for there is no real definition for “best effort”.

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What Does it Mean to Find Your Life Purpose?

What Does it Mean to Find Your Life Purpose?

We hear from many sources (myself included) that we were not created by accident, for we came into this world with a purpose the world needs. So, does this mean you have some special job or assignment someone gave you to fulfill? Are your life circumstances and fate aligning to get you to that incredible mission that will save the world? Or, is your life purpose the ability to find your find and pursue your passions and do good with them, whatever they may be?

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When Was the Last time You Did Something Scary? 

When Was the Last time You Did Something Scary? 

Society encourages to use caution at the expense of curiosity. Our teachers, parents and mentors were not trying to do us harm with these instructions, this is what someone taught them. But these directives convinced us it is bad to make a mistake or to get lost wondering what to do next. Yet, this is a necessary aspect of the human condition. It is through facing challenges we grow.

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Eight Signs that It is Time to Make Changes in Your Life

Eight Signs that It is Time to Make Changes in Your Life

If you have been around the block a few times, like I have, then you have experienced some form of spiritual restlessness. I remember how scared I got the first time I experienced this kind of anxiety because it came so unexpectedly. For years I had been tailoring my life to the expectations of my mentors, but the emptiness began to feel inside slowly overtook my consciousness. 

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Every Failure Brings You Closer to Your Dreams

Every Failure Brings You Closer to Your Dreams

The National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs has kept me glued to the television these past few weeks. While watching my Denver Nuggets lose to Portland in a seventh game of a seven-game series, I witnessed an interesting commercial with Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors which offered the inspiration for this blog.

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What Groundhog Day (the Movie) Says About Life

What Groundhog Day (the Movie) Says About Life

I believe life is a series of lessons we are to learn before we leave our earthly existence. We repeat them until they enlighten us with a new wisdom that allows us to move to the next level.

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Mystical Experiences, Orbs, Apparitions and Me

Mystical Experiences, Orbs, Apparitions and Me

The dove pictured here showed up on the deck outside my office and lingered for such a long time I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a spiritual message involved with his/her appearance. Dutifully, I googled the symbolism for this creature. The consensus among various authors was that they equated doves with heavenly visitations. 

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Is Today’s Evil in the World Justified by a Higher Power?

Is Today’s Evil in the World Justified by a Higher Power?

Some friends challenged my spiritual beliefs at a recent get-together. Their point was this; if every experience has purpose—as I claim—then it is implied a Higher Power justifies evil with his/her desire to use it to develop our species.

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The Real Power Bootlickers Are After

The Real Power Bootlickers Are After

The presence of bullies in our culture has become an epidemic. No matter where you look, whether in government, business, schools, religion, social media and even in families, there are examples of someone who feels powerful by habitually seeking to harm or intimidate those he/she perceives as vulnerable. 

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I Hate to Admit it, but Sometimes it is Hard for Me to Follow My Advice

I Hate to Admit it, but Sometimes it is Hard for Me to Follow My Advice

It sucks to have to wait for an outcome you desire to materialize. No amount of belief in the Law of Attraction can make something appear in your preferred timing. When things don’t happen for me in the timing I desire, I waver on my belief we connected with the Higher Consciousness/God/Universe that is a part of all creation.

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Before I Die, I Want To……..

Before I Die, I Want To……..

Making a bucket list is a popular and necessary thing to do. It is important to have goals and dreams in life for, no matter your age, there is a limit to our time on earth. Many put these lists together, but the items don’t get done. The usual excuses for postponing action are, being too busy, waiting for a better time, needing more money. But the real excuse is fear. It petrifies us to live boldly, to operate in the present moment because we might disappoint those we want to impress.

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The Power of Saying Yes

The Power of Saying Yes

It is important in life to take risks and explore new ways of thinking and feeling. This is especially true when you are beginning on a new leg of your life journey. During these kinds of periods in my life, I adopted a policy of saying “yes” to all invitations. I call accepting all invitations as doing the Desperado, a name I confiscated from my friend Suzanne who uses it to describe saying yes to everything. 

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You Have to Buy a Ticket

You Have to Buy a Ticket

There is a story about a man who—for twenty years and counting—prayed daily to win the lottery. He asked God on his hands and knees before every...

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Men Are not Emasculated When Embracing Their Female Side  

Men Are not Emasculated When Embracing Their Female Side  

Men seem afraid of their female side. We seem to have a cultural aversion to being seen as wimpy or gay if you embrace the side that has traits associated with women. My good friend expresses this apprehension in the way he jokes about being in touch with his feminine side. He likes to say;“I embrace the woman inside of me and, thankfully, she is a lesbian.”

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Is It Safe to Reveal Your True Self to Others?

Is It Safe to Reveal Your True Self to Others?

I have been pondering this question ever since an old memory of a warning my father had given me long ago came up during my meditation time. His words of caution were thus;“Never reveal who you are to others for they will use that information against you.”

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People Are Doing the Best They Know How

People Are Doing the Best They Know How

One of the most difficult concepts to understand is that people—no matter how evil or unethical you think they are—are doing the best they can. Yet, it is factually true, because, just like us, they have been shaped by the environment they were born into and the people and experiences that have come into their lives.

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We Have the Right to Do What We Want, but It is not Always Easy to Do

We Have the Right to Do What We Want, but It is not Always Easy to Do

A muscular young man at my gym the other day gave me the inspiration for this blog. He was wearing a muscle shirt that allowed him to display the carpet tattoos covering both arms. They were beautiful, intricate and colorful. The combination of good looks and tattoos elicited the attention of most gym rats in the place.

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Putting a Label on Another is the Same as Rejecting Them

Putting a Label on Another is the Same as Rejecting Them

What is your favorite label to put on people? Epithets like redneck, communist, socialist, asshole, lowlife, uneducated, high-maintenance and loudmouthed are common ones I hear. There are others that don’t seem so offensive but put boundaries around the targeted person’s character; blue collar, conservative, liberal, progressive or overly religious. When we label others, we unfairly restrict them to this description.

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The Hidden Danger in Asking Others for Advice 

The Hidden Danger in Asking Others for Advice 

To seek advice from experts is a necessary part of learning new skills or information. It would not be very prudent to ignore the advice of a doctor, carpenter, architect, nutritionist, etc. if you need to get something done in any of these areas. But it is a different story altogether when you are seeking life advice for, depending on who you ask, you may not get something useful.

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Pain and Hopelessness Open the Way for Your Authentic Self

Pain and Hopelessness Open the Way for Your Authentic Self

The worst day of my life happened on September 29, 1961. I can still remember it like it was yesterday. This was the day my parents put my brothers and I on an airplane from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida as part of a program called Operation Peter Pan.  

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Explain How You Came to that Opinion

Explain How You Came to that Opinion

Have you lost hope we can bridge our country’s divide that is pitting political ideologies with one another? I have not, but I believe we need to do something different to create unity; we must listen and understand what those who differ have to say. 

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The More Minds Unite, the More They Create the Intended Purpose

The More Minds Unite, the More They Create the Intended Purpose

Just like negative thinking can create undesirable outcomes, positive thinking can create optimistic ones. Our thoughts do matter, and we can use them to create the reality we want. However, we were not taught to believe we could make the life we wanted. We were told instead that our talents limited us or that we belonged in some world pecking order. We were taught to conform to the norms of society and limit ourselves to what our five senses perceive.  But that is too restrictive for there is a real world of thought, spirit and of creation.

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Is Lying Ever Acceptable?

Is Lying Ever Acceptable?

The most important aspect of building a solid house is how you construct the foundation. Educated as a structural engineer, I learned that a house...

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The Wisdom in Indiana Jones’ Search for the Holy Grail 

The Wisdom in Indiana Jones’ Search for the Holy Grail 

Of all the great Indiana Jones movies made, my favorite one is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The plot has Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) racing to rescue his father, Doctor Henry Jones (Sean Connery) from the Nazis to find the Holy Grail, the cup Christ used during the Last Supper.

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Why Take on a Creative Endeavor if it Doesn’t Make Money? 

Why Take on a Creative Endeavor if it Doesn’t Make Money? 

Our efforts to make money and become financially independent correspond to the most important societal value of American society. We often conclude that efforts that don’t make money belong to adolescents or retired people. If doesn’t pay, then it must be play!

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Life Lessons I Learned from the Itsy-Bitsy Spider 

Life Lessons I Learned from the Itsy-Bitsy Spider 

While walking on the boardwalk that connects my townhome with nine others, I stopped to watch a spider busily building a magnificent web. Then the wind picked up and blew the web back and forth like it was a trampoline. A few minutes later, I saw the web blown into oblivion and I was sure the spider had flown with it. The next day, I was amazed me to see the spider reconstructing a new masterpiece.

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Sometimes I Miss My Old Self

Sometimes I Miss My Old Self

There was a time when I was certain I had it all together. My old self, or ego, ruled my life with what appeared to be a reliable set of rules and beliefs forged out of my many experiences. My life worked pretty well then, and I loved and revered my ego’s beliefs. They were welcoming, reassuring and reliable, until one day when they were not.

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Is Your Higher Calling Hidden from You?

Is Your Higher Calling Hidden from You?

Serving as manager of public works for the City of Denver was one of the most challenging jobs I ever held. Among the myriad of responsibilities, I was in charge of the Waste Management Branch. These are the folks who picked up the trash and recycling citywide.

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Four Signs Pointing to the End of a Life Transition

Four Signs Pointing to the End of a Life Transition

People who provide wisdom about getting through life’s challenges focus on how to endure the pain of loss and change. This is valuable advice, but there is not much out there about reaching the end of a difficult life transition. Knowing you are near the end is important because it gives you hope life is not only normalizing, but actually getting better.

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So What if You Never Have a Romantic Partner Again

So What if You Never Have a Romantic Partner Again

Anyone who has survived a breakup, divorce or lost a loved one has wondered if they will ever again have a romantic partner. The confusion, self-doubt and lack of clarity for the future experienced during these times generates a lot of anxiety about our ability to attract a partner.

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When Someone is Shooting Arrows, Don’t Catch Them and Stick Them in Yourself

When Someone is Shooting Arrows, Don’t Catch Them and Stick Them in Yourself

I learned throughout my thirty-seven-year stint in government service there are people walking around with pent up rage ready to explode at any moment. They sling their verbal arrows at any target. You catch these words and stick them into yourself when you take them personally and react. If you can detach, you can see these words were never meant for you.

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Overcoming the Damage of a Troubled Childhood

Overcoming the Damage of a Troubled Childhood

I could have titled this piece “How to forgive your abusers”, but I think surviving a troubled childhood is about a lot more than forgiving those who made you suffer. It is about understanding how a troubled childhood has affected your life and kept you from becoming the best you were meant to be.

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Where Does One Go to Find Ourselves?

Where Does One Go to Find Ourselves?

We know where to get our problems fixed. You take a toothache to a dentist, cold to a doctor, sore back to a chiropractor. We get a massage to help us loosen up and relax. Dieticians give us advice on what to eat. Many have ready lists ranging from plumbers to mechanics to deal with the myriad of external problems that can be present in our lives. It is interesting to see how decidedly we act to fix a leaky faucet yet ignore the spiritual signs we lost ourselves. 

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When Surrounded by Darkness, You Must Learn to Shine Your Light

When Surrounded by Darkness, You Must Learn to Shine Your Light

Light and darkness struggle with each other throughout our lives. We can see this battle played out in family relationships, romantic partnerships, the workplace, community, nation and the world. Sometimes this fight can be so fierce that it can leave you feeling powerless and overwhelmed. But, even in the difficulty of living through oppressive and abusive times, we must choose the path of light so that the darkness does not crush our spirit.

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Does “Fake it Until You Make it” Really Work?

Does “Fake it Until You Make it” Really Work?

Neuroscientists have discovered that your thoughts create your reality. This is easy to understand when you realize that you created your current life based on what you believe about yourself and the world.

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Stop People Pleasing Your Life Away into Oblivion

Stop People Pleasing Your Life Away into Oblivion

We often think of an addiction as an illness related to substance dependency, but it is much more than that. A type of behavior can also be an addictive, like a sexual addiction or being a workaholic. In simple terms, an addiction is a coping mechanism your ego helped you establish so you could feel better or to handle stress or suffering.

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You Can Manifest the Reality You Want

You Can Manifest the Reality You Want

I love the stories about genies and magic lamps. Imagine having the ability to rub a magic lamp and have a genie appear to grant all of your wishes. This great fantasy has a ring of truth to it, except there are no magic lamps to rub; you are the genie with the power to grant your wishes.

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It is our Moral Duty to Make Things Better

It is our Moral Duty to Make Things Better

These are the words of the fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg who has been protesting on the steps of the Swedish parliament building for the past month. She is demanding a radical change of government policy to help reverse the trends of climate change.

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Why It is Important to Follow Your Heart Wherever It Takes You

Why It is Important to Follow Your Heart Wherever It Takes You

Although we have been getting heart messages from the time we were born, it is difficult for most of us to understand it means to follow your heart. We are so accustomed to getting our cues to happiness from external sources we have lost touch with our inner urgings.

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How to Roll with Life’s Punches

How to Roll with Life’s Punches

This phrase is a boxing term used to explain how a fighter can angle themselves in a way that takes the sting out of the opponent’s blow. In...

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How to Delight in the Wrinkles on Your Face

How to Delight in the Wrinkles on Your Face

Botox and cosmetic fillers are all the rage these days to get rid of wrinkles. This is the inevitable outcome of our societal definition of beauty. Youth is beautiful and showing your age is not. Middle-aged people spend billions to fight back the ravages of growing old. 

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The American Dream You are Chasing is a Hoax

The American Dream You are Chasing is a Hoax

From the moment you were born, the surrounding people—parents, siblings, teachers, extended family—have been helping to mold you into a member of society. This is not a bad thing, for had our ancestors from the Stone Age not formed societies, our species would not have survived. These early efforts proved that the good of the whole was greater than the sum of the good of individual parts.

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The Media is not the Enemy of the People, but Here is How It is Failing Us

The Media is not the Enemy of the People, but Here is How It is Failing Us

Early in my thirty-six plus years career in government, my bosses sent an intensive training class on how to deal with the media. One lesson from this course still resonates with me today because it is so relevant to the state of media affairs. The instructors presented this lesson in the form of a metaphor to help illustrate how news outlets decide whether to report on a story. 

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Repeating Lies Does not Make them True

Repeating Lies Does not Make them True

We have all grown up with certain negative beliefs about ourselves. Some of us think we are flawed, unworthy of love and never good enough. Life has reinforced these opinions until they convinced us they are true, but they are not. They are self lies we mindlessly repeat, and they became the foundational pillars where we base our current lives. Although they are not real, these lies have taken you away from your true center and they are sabotaging the joy right out of your life.  

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If Your Life has Become an Unthinking Routine, it is Time to Make Changes

If Your Life has Become an Unthinking Routine, it is Time to Make Changes

I am all set to move to from my current home to another town all the way across Florida. For as far back as I can remember, I have dreaded moving, for it can resurface the feelings of fear and abandonment I experienced on the day my parents put me on a plane bound for the USA seeking political asylum. I was a ten-years-old then, but the memories still linger as though this happened an hour ago. 

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An Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth is the Dumbest Advice I Ever Got

An Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth is the Dumbest Advice I Ever Got

Nothing damages our psyche more profoundly than the betrayal, abuse, humiliation, larceny and abandonment from the people in our lives. These can be life changing traumas that can affect us for years. The unbearable pain you feel can lead you to anger and to want to get even with those who hurt you, but I have found that it is not wise to pursue revenge.

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Five Things You Can do Today to Help You Live Your Best Life

Five Things You Can do Today to Help You Live Your Best Life

Are you living your best life today or are you waiting for some miracle to make that happen? Chances are you are reading this because you are traveling on a life path you never picked. This is not uncommon, for most people are living an unconscious life where they don’t know what they want.

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Life Changes are Inevitable. Here are Five Ways to Help the Accompanying Fear and Pain Transform You

Life Changes are Inevitable. Here are Five Ways to Help the Accompanying Fear and Pain Transform You

I am a sucker for scary shows. I’m not talking about the gore fest like in The Saw movies, I am referring to the mind-bending stories you think imitate real life. One of these movies is Silence of the Lambs. Actor Anthony Hopkins is terrifying as Hannibal Lecter. I have watched this movie more than a dozen times and every viewing has given me the same chills as the first time (I have no explanation as to why I continue to frighten myself watching this movie).

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How You Answer this Question Can Help You Determine Your Level of Crazy.

How You Answer this Question Can Help You Determine Your Level of Crazy.

They credit Albert Einstein for saying,

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Although perhaps this is too simple a definition for such a serious mental illness, it describes the irrational trap we humans fall into when confronted with life challenges.

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How I Lost My Life but Lived to Tell the Story

How I Lost My Life but Lived to Tell the Story

From the day we entered this earth, we have all been taking part in our life’s cycle of death and rebirth. Several weeks ago, Dr. Christine Bradstreet, a blogging friend, showed this universal phenomenon when she wrote about how she rose from the ashes of a difficult childhood to discover God, true love and a life purpose of giving others the love and support missed out on as a child. She challenged a few of us to do the same so that our readers might see how the loss of our old lives plants the seeds of our resurrection. It is true, you can survive an ending and live to tell the story.

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It Makes no Sense to Rush Armageddon, Work Instead to Create a Better World

It Makes no Sense to Rush Armageddon, Work Instead to Create a Better World

Apocalyptic stories are all the rage again in our culture. The popularity of shows like The Walking Dead and The Handmaid’s Tale provide ample proof. There have always been stories about the world’s end. I grew up in the sixties with novels like On the Beach and Fail Safe that were popular when the fear of nuclear annihilation was at its zenith. A few years ago, movies 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow projected what could happen if humans do nothing about global warming. The Terminator movies (my favorites! Home of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s immortal line, “come with me if you want to live!”) take a fatal bent on our reliance on technology.

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Being Alone Does Not Mean You Have to Be Lonely 

Being Alone Does Not Mean You Have to Be Lonely 

Having spent these past three years living alone, I have come to terms with the difference between being alone and being lonely. Although they can be related, they are not the same. While we are unable to control or change the factors that led to us being alone, we don’t have to choose feeling lonely when people are not around. This is an important distinction to make if you want to live a fulfilling life even when you find yourself alone.

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I Was Forcibly Separated From my Parents as a Child, Here is How This Impacted My Life

I Was Forcibly Separated From my Parents as a Child, Here is How This Impacted My Life

Every parent dreams of giving their children a better life. This desire is not just based on love for our offspring, if you have experienced setbacks—who hasn’t—you know life can bring you to your knees, so you want to spare your children from experiencing a similar fate. Yet, no matter how hard we try, we cannot protect our kids from the pain that comes from trauma.

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The Four Characteristics that Assure the Quality of a Leader

The Four Characteristics that Assure the Quality of a Leader

No matter how much we wish it, power, fame, money, status or an important title do not make leaders. Since I have never heard of an instance where god descended from heaven to anoint a leader, at least not in my lifetime, then we must have a way we can use to identify them ourselves. Looking for these four characteristics do that for me.

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I Am Not Afraid of Dying, but I do Fear not Living as I Was Meant To Live

I Am Not Afraid of Dying, but I do Fear not Living as I Was Meant To Live

My mother was the last remaining member of my family from her generation. Her death a year ago Christmas Eve was another reminder that my turn is coming. I know no one will survive this journey, but that doesn’t bother me anymore, for I made peace long ago with the fact that my days will end (hopefully not for quite a while yet).

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The Older I Get, the Stronger the Desire to Find My Tribe. Here Are Eleven Signs to Help You Discover Yours

The Older I Get, the Stronger the Desire to Find My Tribe. Here Are Eleven Signs to Help You Discover Yours

Unless you have been living in isolation from people in some monastery hidden in Nepal, the rest of us know there are people in this world we don’t belong with. Nobody warned us about this when we were young. In fact, someone taught us the opposite. My parents taught me as a child to respect and obey adults and I took this value with me throughout the years.

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Why You Should Do What You Love Even if Money and Fame Do not Follow.

Why You Should Do What You Love Even if Money and Fame Do not Follow.

I have lost count of how many versions of “do what you love, and the money will follow” I have seen. Many modern self-help gurus make this promise to convince us to do what we love to do. Some insist that we take daily steps in that direction, like writing your goals on a journal, repeating affirmations and praying to god to grant our desires.

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Love is the Mightiest Force in the World, Here Are Five Ways to Experience Its Power

Love is the Mightiest Force in the World, Here Are Five Ways to Experience Its Power

Love is the most overused word in our language. We use love with the same reckless abandon we reserve for other four-letter words. Because love has been used to describe how we feel about everything, we lessened its meaning; to sense a strong or constant affection for another person or group. Here are some examples, we love a television show, or tacos or our hometown football team. We love our home, our car, and our office. We love sunsets, the mountains and the beach. We even love beer and hotdogs.

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Yes, You Too Can Be a Superhero

Yes, You Too Can Be a Superhero

The rising popularity of superheroes in our culture caused me to wonder if every individual possesses a super power of their own. Although Batman and Wonder Woman will only recruit a handful to join the Justice League, the rest of us possess a powerful talent that is worth noting.

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Five Surefire Ways that Will Rekindle Your Compassion Towards Those Less Fortunate. 

Five Surefire Ways that Will Rekindle Your Compassion Towards Those Less Fortunate. 

One of the greatest qualities we possess as human beings is our concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. They call this compassion and it motivates us to help those who are experiencing physical, mental or emotional pains. Compassion is the fuel for generosity, kindness and love of our neighbor. It has also kept us from destroying one another (so far, anyway).

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