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What’s the Benefit of the Doubt?

Posted by on August 31st, 2012 under Uncategorized • No Comments


[A shorter version of the post below just became my Facebook page’s most popular post.  I hope you enjoy it.] If you can and when you can, give other people the benefit of the doubt. Everybody you know has the same condition, the human condition. This means that, at best, they all wrestle with life. […]

How Can You Help a Friend?

Posted by on August 7th, 2012 under Uncategorized • No Comments


The difference between a friendly acquaintance and an actual friend is that, in an actual friendship, you both stand ready to help the other. Sometimes the help is physical, as in “Please, take me to the medical procedure.” Other times it is emotional, as in “Please, listen to me as I describe my broken heart.” […]

How to Turn Losses into Gains

Posted by on July 19th, 2012 under Uncategorized • No Comments


Everyone has wins and losses. Losing does not render one a loser, because having such losses is inevitable. In this way, it is not one of our choices to avoid it. Instead, we will choose whether to learn from our losses or not. Consequently, in the context of losses, we will be choosing whether to […]

Three Ways that We Understand Life Better at the Movies

Posted by on May 30th, 2012 under Uncategorized • 1 Comment


If you enjoy watching films, you can use the experience to achieve more wisdom in how you approach your life. We understand life better when we watch a movie. First we understand the importance of the challenging mix of life within the motion picture, that the difficulties, struggles and even suffering all determine the meaning […]

Accept and Except

Posted by on May 2nd, 2012 under Uncategorized • 2 Comments


Do you think that thinking about the past is a waste of time, or perhaps that it is self-indulgent? I often hear, as you may have, that “dwelling on the past” is a way of avoiding responsibility for the present. Like many other examples of “pendulemia” avoiding versus dwelling on the past is a false […]

One of the Most Useful 10 Minutes You’ll Ever Spend

Posted by on April 12th, 2012 under Uncategorized • No Comments


This blog expands a bit on a recent Facebook post that I think you’ll enjoy. It consists of an exercise in reflection, which usually brings  people to a new, useful, and enjoyable perspective. Please go through the following steps one at a time, moving onto the next step only once you are fully satisfied with […]

Refusing Confusion

Posted by on April 4th, 2012 under Uncategorized • No Comments


Are you ever confused? Confusion is a kind of psychological paralysis that produces an inability to make decisions and act on them. It has at least three varieties. Sometimes people feel confused because they lack essential information. If we try to make a decision without adequate knowledge of a situation and our options, we will […]

Every Day Can Truly Be a Good One

Posted by on March 19th, 2012 under Uncategorized • 2 Comments


What do you say when people ask how you are? More important, what’s the actual answer? Finally, what would you like the answer to be? You can direct your life so that most days are truly good ones. Since your days are your most precious possessions, this would be a nice direction to take. It […]

Getting What You Deserve

Posted by on February 16th, 2012 under Uncategorized • No Comments


[This weeks blog is the same as my most recent Facebook post.  Though it is short, it has become so popular that I couldn’t resist repeating it here.]   When life is painful, especially when this pain persists, people start to think that they somehow are unworthy of better circumstances. If there can be any […]

The Meaning of Life, Part Two

Posted by on February 6th, 2012 under Uncategorized • 2 Comments


Do the events in your life have meaning, or are they random? Some people believe that there are no coincidences, that everything happens for a reason, whether or not that reason is apparent.  This leads them to the life-changing conclusion that everything happens for the best. Other people consider this belief to be wishful thinking […]