We are the most evolved society, which means we have access to everything any time. This isn’t necessarily a good thing. It means there are more things to want, and we are getting further away from our needs. It has been proven study after study that lower socio-economic countries like India have much higher happiness levels. America is strung out on anti-depressants, up 400 times in the last 2 decades! http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_117723.html I really think these things correlate. A few years ago I went with two guy friends to Big Bend state park in Texas. It is a mountainous terrain of about 11 miles, a hikers paradise. We only did 8 miles and finally struck camp on a peak that looked … Read More
With all the uptake in the news of bullying and how we can rid school children of this behavior, I got to wondering if it ever truly goes away. Does the ‘meanie’ disappear? Bullying involves many things: ridicule, physical assault, ostracization, etc… I have no idea how mandating a ‘no tolerance’ policy will really turn out, OR, is it really possible, considering the mere act of being a child invokes this behavior. Unfortunately, it is more of a rite of passage. ALL of us know what our own experience was like; it is part of growing up. The cliche’ ‘kids will be kids’ fits this. NO ONE is/was immune.
I am coming to believe that living in the state of routine and habit and same-same-same on a daily basis is the real Twilight Zone; this is the irony. After I gave the lecture a few weeks back, a woman came up to me and immediately asked if she could take me to lunch. Nothing can be lost from networking, I believe. She had won some of my chocolate truffles given away in the drawing proceeding the event, too, so I was enthusiastic about following up with her about her opinion and her potential as a client. I soon learned that she had made her last New Years resolution to really step out of her bubble and expand herself. (she … Read More
One of the least selfish things a person can do is have a child. Raising a child is the most self-less experience we go through. Every decision, from the day the baby is born, is no longer about the parents interest but that of nurturing the baby. (pre-supposing a mature parent, not a knocked-up immature teenager) We live in a society now that gives woman both the time and opportunity to have both a career and a child, or have a child and still participate in all the extra-curricular fun, hobbies or passions she chooses.
It does not matter who you are, where you are, what you do, or what you are trying to do, the fact is, there will always be someone better off and someone worse off. The truth is, we may have standards for other people but we give ourselves even bigger ones. When we don’t meet our own criteria, we feel deflated or beat ourselves up inside; and when other people fall short we are often too quick to cut them off. First impressions are involuntary, but making the effort to learn more about the situation or a person, more often than not, we find it worth the while. People are more tender than they project. In the same vein, we … Read More