Category Archives: Spiritual Growth

Keeping Perspective: When Bad Things Happen That Are Not Life Threatening

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Look for the good and let the bad things come on their own.
(Spanish Proverb)

The very first thing to question is how important is this in the overall scheme of life? Compared to all of the things that have happened, are happening, and could happen in my life – how bad is this? Is it something that will impact the rest of my life? Is it temporary? Although the pain may not feel like it’s temporary, it usually is. It’s important to get a perspective. If your car has been stolen, that’s a major nuisance that will cost you time and money to replace, but how does that compare to a diagnosis of cancer? If your marriage is ending, it can be extremely painful, but your life will continue no matter how bleak circumstances may seem. So wouldn’t it be easier to find a way to transcend the pain and move on, let go, and take away the power from the negativity? Wouldn’t it be more pleasant to look at the ‘bright side’? and yes! There always is a flip side! Continue reading

Hey Me! Get Out Of My Way

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If you don’t keep a pace with your companions, perhaps it is 

because you hear a different drummer. Let yourself step

 to the music you hear,  however measured  or far away. 

How often it is we give up wanting to do something even before we give ourselves an honest chance of succeeding…

Perhaps, we begin writing our autobiography. We get the table of contents and the introduction written, then we let it sit because we don’t think anyone will care.

We begin a diet over a weekend. Within a couple of days, we are back to our normal habits because we didn’t see any immediate results.

Maybe we want to start a desktop publishing business. We get it started and the clients start coming in sooner than we expected. Because of our past experiences where we have been so good at what we did, we only remember getting bombarded with more and more work when we wish we could have taken a break. We may see how this can end up, so we slack off and let the business of our dreams fade away. Continue reading

A few Ways to Fight Pessimism

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Is your glass half-full or half-empty? 

Some people are naturally pessimistic and are happy being so. They view themselves as pragmatic and as having a better sense of reality. Then there are those of us who feel weighed down by negativity and wish that we could be more optimistic. This is completely possible. It all lies in the way we perceive things… Continue reading

Rebirth from the Ashes

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The court official in one life has seven rebirths as a beggar.      (Chinese Proverb)

The legend of the phoenix can actually be found in several belief systems. It can be traced back to ancient Egypt when it was then known as “Bennu” or Bynw”, a symbol of the sun god Osiris. Osiris was resurrected to life from serving as ruler of the underworld.

Whether this mystical bird is attributed to the Chinese “Feng-huang”, the Jewish “Milcham” or even an emblem of Christ, the legend remains the same?After serving its life cycle, the phoenix builds a nest and then by the sun and the friction of its own wings, is consumed by fire. It is inevitably reborn from the very ashes. The phoenix is therefore symbolic of resurrection, immortality, and my personal favourite – triumph over adversity. I has been said repeatedly that there are two types of people in this world: “marathoners” and “sprinters”. Both are ambitious at heart. They set a goal and will pursue it zealously. Continue reading