Month: March 2016

Go for it while You Still Have the Chance

The Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier

It’s not uncommon to hear people making excuses about why they didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that life sent their way. You’ll hear them say things like, “I could have done this or that….”  Then come the excuses: “…but at the time my kids were little,” or “but we had just bought a new…

The Simple Truth about Happiness

I came across an interesting quote made by a psychologist named Theodor Reik more than 50 years ago. “In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.” He went on to say, “The secret to human happiness is not in self-seeking, but in self-forgetting.” What Dr. Reik…

Do you want to be Right or Happy?

This has to be one of the strangest questions I’ve ever heard.  It implies that you can only be one or the other–right or happy.  In reality, you can be both pretty much all the time unless you’re being right is tied to your having to prove to someone else that they’re wrong.  Now you’ve…

How to Break out of a Personal Slump

Stressing out.

Like many professional athletes, most of us have fallen into an occasional slump where we’re not performing at our usual level of effectiveness.  A slump usually takes the form of a lengthy drought between successes.  And, like professional athletes, many of us try to break out of our slump by working harder and longer.  What…

A Great Example of how to Live

Last week I attended the most amazing memorial service ever. The deceased person’s name was Joe. I had only known him for a few years and right after I met him he was diagnosed with cancer. He underwent numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He was unable to eat or drink and had to…