There is a relationship between knowledge and integrity. Both are important. It is when the two get out of balance that we see problems and difficulties. For example, if you have integrity you will resist pressure to do the wrong thing. Your conscience will not let you go along with something that you know in… Continue reading Integrity


So what is the difference between making a living and making a life? My opinion is that making a living equates to keeping yourself alive, while making a life is more like enjoying the things that you have. To live is to survive. In order to survive, you need to have a lot of resources,… Continue reading Living


This should not, of course, be taken too literally. I can live in an arctic environment just as well as I can a desert , or a tropical rain forest. What the author means, of course, is that the attitudes we have determine how we feel. My thoughts and beliefs may change over time as… Continue reading Environment


This is more of a paraphrase of something she said rather than a direct quote. Be that as it may, it does seem like something that can be fairly easily accepted. After all, if you feel inferior, uncertain, or nervous, it does not take much to reinforce those negative feelings. What is much harder is… Continue reading Inferiority

Face the Sunshine

There seems some doubt as to whether Helen Keller is really the author of this quote. Regardless, it is still a profound idea. Light, of course, is often equated with goodness and happiness, while darkness and shadow are regarded as negative things. Facing the light of the sun we can see clearly our way forward,… Continue reading Face the Sunshine

The Power of Forgiveness

This is another quote that seems to run counter to our intuition. But if you look at examples from life, it is interesting to to observe how people with similar experiences can end up with completely different results or outlooks. I am sure, for example, that the typical reaction to the death of a loved… Continue reading The Power of Forgiveness

True Joy

And following on from the previous thought, Shaw  voices a very similar idea. After all, if you are prepared to do nothing more than complain that not enough is being done for you, what use are you? Ironically, even though such behavior does not lead to lasting satisfaction, the opposite is true for those who… Continue reading True Joy

Sharing Talents

This certainly provokes thought. It almost seems counter-intuitive to think that it is by serving others that we find our own greatest satisfaction. But really, what Chopra is saying here is that it is the blending of our talents with others that brings satisfaction in life. It is the lack of selfishness which leads to… Continue reading Sharing Talents

Rearranging Prejudices

Thinking implies more than simply flitting from one idea to the next. To really think, you need an open mind. And an open mind implies one which can be persuaded if needs be, or which looks reflectively on what you have learned (or been taught). I find, for example, that I have a more balanced… Continue reading Rearranging Prejudices