"The mirror tells only the facts, never the poetry." ~ May Sarton.
"We all write poems; it is simply that poets write them in words." ~ John Fowles.
great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry
stream; but a greater thing is to fight life through, and say at the
end, 'The dream is true.'" ~ Edwin Markham.
"Trust yourself. This is your dream." ~ Hugh Prather
Brian Tracy, Sharpening Your Conversation Skills There
are three aims and purposes of conversation. The first is the plain
enjoyment and pleasure of self-expression and interaction with other
people. One of the most enjoyable things we ever do is to spend time
with people we like and whose company we find stimulating. This
potential pleasure is the driving force behind all of our social
activities Read more...>
Jon Rhodes, How to Stay Calm In Any Situation It
is often said that how we react when under pressure is the true measure
of character. It is all so easy to be calm and efficient when things
are going the way we want them to. However it is not always so easy
when things are going against us. Read more...
Life Weekly Writers:
Guy Finley, Step Up and Away from Punishing Feelings No
one really wants to talk about it, but the truth is there is a kind of
evil spell hanging over each of us, and our world as well. In fact,
part of this global spell is our denial of its existence. It is called
suffering. Everyone does it -- believing that their suffering somehow
benefits them. Read more...
Chuck Gallozzi, Thinking about “Thinking about Thinking” We
all think about a lot of things, but most of it is driftwood, so to
speak. Thoughts drift in and out of our minds with little conscious
input or direction from us. Yet, at times, we do take control and
consciously direct our thoughts. But do you ever think about thinking? Read more...
Beca Lewis, Programmed For Joy Most
of the time I stand on my feet, or at least my head is pointing upOnce in a while, using a nifty piece of gym equipment, I stand on my
shoulders, and my head is pointing down. Read more...
Steve Wickham, Becoming Invisible Busy
people sometimes feel bereft of themselves; sliced and diced between
people, roles and the duties of life. Sensations of being squashed or
pulled from pillar to post - that's their lot. Their greatest enemy is
the void-of-space. They take their responsibilities seriously, perhaps
too sincerely. But if they don't, who will? Read more...
Jeff Beals, Healthy Living Is a Prerequisite for Success Nearly
300 years ago, a British physician, preacher and intellectual by the
name of Thomas Fuller said, "Health is not valued till sickness comes." Such
sage historical wisdom still holds true today. Those who hope to
achieve the highest heights in the 21st Century economy need to take
care of something as simple as personal health. Read more...
Veronica, Kid Characteristics That Make Us Healthy Later in Life It
has long been accepted that children with a happy childhood grow up to
be happier adults, but now a new study has revealed that specific
characteristics evident in childhood are likely to cause positive or
negative emotions and influence biological and behavioral responses to
stress. Read more...
Karen Wright, Truth or Consequences? Have
you stopped listening to and reading the daily news yet? Have you
stopped allowing pundits and critics and in-the-know commentators you
don't know from filling your head with their truths and their fears?
Democrats, Republicans, Tea-Partiers, liberals, moderates,
traditionalists, conservatives, fundamentalists, Wall Street analysts,
even TV celebrities, for God sake - everyone has an opinion and an
agenda. Read more...
Joan Angarano, Discerning Truth There
is a vast amount of information throughout the Internet claiming to be
the TRUTH about Reality, Life - its meaning and purpose. Understanding
all of this information is daunting enough, but we also must decipher
the truth within it. Read more...
Leo Babauta, The Art of Handling Criticism Gracefully If
you’re going to do anything interesting in the world, criticism is an
unavoidable fact. You’ll be criticized, because you’ll make mistakes,
because some will be jealous, because people have opinions about
anything interesting, because people want to help you, because some
want to drag down those doing anything different. Read more...
Roberta Chinsky Matuson, How to Confront Without Conflict Most
people are reluctant to address problems they are having with an
employee, co-worker or even their boss. Yet, pretending everything is
fine certainly won't improve the situation. Here is just one example of
why this isn't in the best interest of the employee or yourself. Read more...
Miles Murphy, If You Don't Know Where You're Going... I
went to see a movie with a friend last weekend... "Uncle Boonmee Who
can Recall his Past Lives", a film by the Thai director, Apichatpong
Weerasethakul. The film received very favourable reviews and was
awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Read more...
Stephanie Marston, Slow Down You Move Too Fast For
those of you boomers or for those of you who have seen Dream Girls,
you'll remember the back up singers who sang Do-Be-Do-Be-Do-Be-Do. I
know this was what the Shirelles, the Crystals and the Supremes sang in
the '50s, but it's also one of the greatest challenges in our lives. Read more...
Keith Varnum, 10 Reasons to Know Where You Come From! Who
cares about history? Old, boring stories about dead people! Who needs
it! That's what I felt until I stumbled upon a husband-wife team of
professors at the University of Michigan in my college days. These
brave explorers would spend half their year living with the most remote
tribes on the planet--and the other half of the year teaching the
timeless wisdom they learned from these native people! Read more...
Barnabas Tiburtius, Object of Our Devotion This
is a difficult saying from the point of view of an understanding that
was intended by Yeshua and it is necessary for us to take a more
esoteric route to fathom a great truth that is revealed in this saying. Read more...
A Course In Miracles, Lesson 41 plus Commentary by Allen Watson God goes with me wherever I go.
Today's idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of
loneliness and abandonment all the separated ones experienceDepression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety,
worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear
of loss. Read more...
Listen to this issue's Podcast:
Each week Peter Shepherd produces an audio version of the Cultivate Life! Magazine, including several selected articles. Our first author, Brian Tracy, writes about sharpening your conversation skills. Before you enter into any serious business or personal relationship with anyone, you should spend several hours with them experiencing the ebb and flow of sustained conversation. It's amazing what you will learn. Then Jon Rhodes gives us some tips on how to stay calm in any situation. And Karen Wright looks at where truth lies within each of us - in a voice so faint that it's often unheard among the ear-shattering barrage of non-stop arguments.
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