self-improvement Category

Who’s In Control Of Your Life?

Who is in control of your life? If not you, then who? Does control of your life belong to you? The previous questions, hopefully, caused you to question ownership of your life. Most likely you realize that even though it sometimes doesn’t seem like it, YOU are in control of your life.

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How Should We Receive AND/OR Accept Compliments?

What is your usual response when you receive a compliment? Is it the same response you have when you receive criticism? I know people often have trouble receiving, or should I say, accepting criticism.

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Is Worry An Unnecessary Emotion?

In 1980, I read the book, “Your Erroneous Zones,” by Wayne Dyer. In it, if my memory is correct, Dyer stated: “The two most unnecessary emotions in life are guilt and worry.” In a recent post entitled, “Can Feeling Guilty Be Good?”, I took up the topic of guilt and whether it’s necessary. Please click on the title, if you wish to read more about my thoughts about guilt. In this post, let’s consider the necessity of worry.

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Can Depression Be A Positive Learning Experience?

A decade ago, I went through a bout of depression. During the experience, I wondered whether or not it was an opportunity for a positive learning experience. At the time, my brain felt like it was overloaded and generally, I constantly felt overwhelmed. So, is it possible for something that makes me feel overloaded and overwhelmed to ever be a positive learning experience?

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Are You Right When You Admit You’re Wrong?

re you ever wrong and have a “hard-time” admitting it? If you answered yes to the previous question, then why do you have such a difficult time? Is it normal to not ever be wrong? Of course not. Is it normal to not everbe right? Of course not. Is it normal to be normal? Of course! :-)

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What’s Most Important For Maintaining Good Health?

Since I’m mortal, I know I most likely won’t always have good health. There’s an excellent chance that I’ll face some bad health before expiring. So what’s most important for maintaining good health, knowing that there’s no way I’ll always have it?

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Is Recognition A Present In The Present?

When you want recognition, what do you do? When you want attention, what do you do? You DO want recognition and/or, perhaps, attention, at least once in a while, don’t you? In case you are one of the few who don’t, then please use your best empathetic thinking to think about recognition/attention and those who want it.:-)

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Can Feeling Guilty Be Good?

Is guilt something I was taught? Can feeling guilty be good?

The word guilt means having committed an offense, crime, violation, wrong OR having a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense,crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined. To me it seems unrealistic that guilt can be considered a good thing.

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Do You Need Some Good Ideas For How To Be Successful In An Academic Classroom?

Recently, there has been a lot of media coverage about teachers, schools and/or education. Most of the coverage has been about financing education and changing the way teachers are valued. At least, that’s the way I view it. Jon Stewart, on the Daily Show, did a spoof on the subject. Stewart, in a sarcastic manner, how teaching and learning are valued as compared to Wall Street.

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Really, Can Less Be More?

Recently, I re-read a post from Pico Iyer’s contribution to the Happy Days blog on the New York Times. The post, as I see it, is about how frequently in life, “less is more.” Mr. Iyer did a nice job of relating this concept to his personal life. He described how he viewed his life when he was in the corporate world and compared it to a much simpler time while in Japan. I think his essay is worth reading and I encourage all to do so. Having stated that, my intent here is not to review or summarize his post, but to borrow an idea of his – the use of Zeno’s Arrow Paradox – and discuss how it could be used as a metaphor for better understanding our own lives.

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