Love As Much As You Can From Wherever You Are

May 24th, 2017

The world is a horror story full of hate, violence, terrorism and war. Turning swords into plowshares isn’t going to happen quite yet. But if it is a good idea and if it is ever going to happen, it needs to start with each of us trying to extend our love to others as much as possible and without exceptions. When we find it too difficult to do, consider what Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.” This is the path to inner peace and world peace. As the song goes, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, not just for some but for everyone.”

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Don’t Be A Victim Of A Predator. Pay Attention.

May 23rd, 2017

It is traumatic and terrible to be victimized. What adds insult to injury, so to speak, is when, out of a lack of situational awareness, we put ourselves in the path of predators. Best we be extremely vigilant when in new, unfamiliar surroundings, when we are around strangers and acquaintances we don’t know well, and even, perhaps, when we are around people we presume to be our friends. The world is a more dangerous place than ever before, with predators everywhere, many of them smiling at us and offering us good things and good times. We must have our radar up and pay attention, and at the first sign of something that is off or odd, best we extricate ourselves from the situation for our safety. It’s always best to err on the side of caution and self-preservation.

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Stop Complaining. It’s Abusive and Draining

May 22nd, 2017

Let me clarify that complaining has its place. It has its purpose. It has value. However, many of us complain to a much greater degree than is necessary or helpful. It becomes our default response to difficult people and circumstances in our lives, to the point where there is barely anything else we talk about. When this happens and complaining becomes a never-ending story with us, we become very negative and unpleasant to be around. We become emotionally abusive. Not healthy for us. Not healthy for our relationships. Best we use complaining as a steppingstone to action, and not simply an opportunity to vent our frustration and vomit our rage all over those we come in contact with.

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Don’t Assume Anything. Check It Out For Yourself

May 21st, 2017

Oftentimes we make assumptions based on our knowledge and past experience, and they prove to be correct. But there are times when our conclusions are not correct, and by assuming they are without actually examining the facts on a case by case basis, the consequences may prove to be devastating. Best we not take anything for granted. If we wish to trust our beliefs and intuition, that’s fine. But it behooves us to verify with facts before opening our mouth and/or taking action.

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Without Critical Thinking, We, The People, Become Fake News

May 19th, 2017

The lack of critical thinking is verbal abuse. It’s the distortion of facts. It’s the disregard of logic. It’s false assumptions and disinformation. It leads to distrust, misunderstandings, disagreements, resentments and rage. We need to choose our words wisely. We need to say what we mean without bias and prejudice. Objectivity matters. If we want our relationships to be healthy and our world to be healthy, we need to inject critical thinking into the fabric of our lives on all levels. We need to demand it of ourselves, our leaders and our media. Truth works. Lies, distortions and hypocrisies, in the long run, do not.

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Judge People As They Are Now. Not Thru The Eyes Of The Past

May 18th, 2017

When people in our lives make an effort to change, oftentimes we don’t see those efforts because all of our resentments and anger distort our vision, and we only see them as they were in all their unpleasant glory. This is understandable but it isn’t fair to them or to us. We need to judge them not as they were but as they are now.

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Body Language Can Be Very Revealing

May 17th, 2017

Body language, including facial expressions, can be powerful cues as to what people are thinking and feeling, independent of what they are saying and doing. When we pay attention and recognize these cues, they can put us at an advantage in any communication exchange, whether it be business or personal.

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Optimism vs Pessimism – What You Think Is What You Get

May 14th, 2017

Some people think being pessimistic is being realistic and practical in response to situations that seem hopeless. This is not true. People can be realistic and practical about the nightmares they are facing and still have an optimistic outlook. When we do choose optimism over pessimism, we tend to be less anxious, less depressed, less angry, less reactive. We tend to think out of the box and generate solutions that being negative and pessimistic would not afford us. It’s always best to look for the blessings in disguise, to look for the silver linings, to see the glass as half full rather than half empty, and to make lemonade out of lemons.

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Cherish Those You Love. At Any Moment They Could Be Gone

May 10th, 2017

We assume our friends and family are going to be here tomorrow. But, as we get older, this scenario becomes much less likely. They could go in a blink of an eye. And so could we for that matter. So it’s best we don’t take our loved ones for granted. It’s best we love them, support them, hug them, perhaps as if it were the last time we will see them. You never know.

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Cherish Your Loved Ones. At Any Moment They Could Be Gone

May 10th, 2017

We assume our friends and family are going to be here tomorrow. But, as we get older, this scenario becomes much less likely. They could go in a blink of an eye. And so could we for that matter. So it’s best we don’t take our loved ones for granted. It’s best we love them, support them, hug them, perhaps as if it were the last time we will see them. You never know.

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