Category Archives: Meaning and Life

You Are Life

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Marketing, like life, is a funny thing

I recently conferred with a marketing guru about readership of this blog. His advice: narrow down your focus. I agree that the multiple foci of this blog, namely of “the meaning of life,” “commitment to the twelve essences of life,” … Continue reading

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Got Life?

Life is the very best experience we could possibly dream of or experience. Particularly, life as a human being.   I remember when I was a young adult and “Life” was pretty much a struggle. I felt that I “had … Continue reading

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Resolution 2014 Post Script

I realize that in my last post, I used some self-deprecating comments like “I am only boringly normal.” But lest you think that I’m starting the new year on a depressive note, I am very grateful to be normal! Firstly, … Continue reading

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Why Most Self-Help Is Useless

Are you one of those that has laughed at self-help books and courses? You have good reason to doubt. Are you one of those that have tried self-help books or courses and found your life didn’t change at the core … Continue reading

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Serious or Curious about Life

I am curious about some of the responses I get to my July 17th post that there is no hard evidence that life is serious. “In fact, not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the argument that life … Continue reading

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Perfect Love Came First

When it first occurred to me how important to Life Love, Understanding and Gratitude are, I determined that those three energies were not just the place we are meant to go and to be, but that Love, Understanding and Gratitude … Continue reading

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Commitment to Life or Commitment to Self?

A respected friend (and endorser of my book The Twelve Commitments To Life) offered an idea the other day. “Why not change the title to “The Twelve Commitments To Self,” he suggested. I understood immediately where he was going. People … Continue reading

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Mastery of Life

He’s a self-described oddball. He follows his curiosity with a vengeance no matter what others tell him is right. Yet, Robert Greene has created another book sensation, Mastery, following his books “The Art of Seduction,” “The 48 Laws of Power,” … Continue reading

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Our Brains Are Plastic

“Our brains are plastic. Every experience alters our brain’s organization on some level.” The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness Neuroscience is no longer just for scientists. It’s for anyone at any age that wants to stay engaged and have meaningful … Continue reading

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Life honors purposeful living

The National Institute of Aging’s Dr. Robert Butler found that older people who could articulate their sense of purpose lived 8 years longer than those who can’t. In Okinawa, the word “Ikigai” means “the reason for which I wake up … Continue reading

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Heat, Stress and Living to 100

I don’t now about you, but the heat seems to be producing more stress. And when the heat seems unrelenting, the stress builds and we can feel so stressed that we are less able to connect our thoughts, complete tasks, … Continue reading

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Committing to life “as it is”

Yesterday I was explaining what it means to commit to life “as it is.” And it occurred to me that perhaps I had not written this for the blog. It is an important point. I speak about “committing to life … Continue reading

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A Little More Gratitude, Please

Many writers and gratitude advocates (like moms) do their best to encourage us to have more gratitude. I also believe in gratitude. I believe gratitude is one of the main elements of who we really are. But with my devil’s … Continue reading

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Personal Magnetism

Have you ever noticed how much personal magnetism you have? Yeah. You are magnetic. Whatever it is you collect, more comes to you in kind. For instance, if you are into computer technology, you probably have quite an extensive collection … Continue reading

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Declare Freedom to Be Balanced

Do you focus on what is wrong “out there?” Then you have taken a lot of hits recently. Maybe life circumstances knocked you off balance and you feel like life is unpredictable, uncaring and continuously problematic. There is a way … Continue reading

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Video Introduction of The Twelve Commitments To Life

Rich gives a book overview for The Twelve Commitments To Life, a short and easy to read book that can help improve love, sense of purpose, health, concentration, growth, relationships and more. Rich’s book is available at Amazon.com

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Declare your freedom July 4th

Announcing the book I promised, The Twelve Commitments to Life. I am having it released on July 4th as a declaration of freedom for all readers that want to live life fully. Link to Amazon But you don’t have to … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life Is …

What is the meaning of life? Does it have meaning? If life had meaning, why would it be so difficult to find and understand? Doesn’t death, injustice and unbalanced social structures obliterate any meaning we might have been able to … Continue reading

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Freedom, the Final Frontier

Americans celebrate their freedom in many ways. After all, aren’t they the inventors of freedom? Not really. And we Americans have much to learn about freedom yet. Freedom is often perceived as freedom from dictators, freedom to voice one’s opinions, … Continue reading

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Are We Aware that Living Fully Is Our Most Important Job?

When did you first become aware that living fully is the most important thing you could do? Sometimes we only realize that we have not been living fully when we encounter a tragedy, such as the death of a loved … Continue reading

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Death of Guilt

Guilt makes death a little harder. Or a lot harder. We feel guilty because we didn’t do this for “him” before he died. He died feeling guilty that he didn’t do what he said he would do for you. Or … Continue reading

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First Things Foremost

It’s hard for anyone to tell me what should be first in my life. Well, it’s not hard for them to do it. It’s hard for me to hear it. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is … Continue reading

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Mega Millions Missing

The buzz-buzz-buzz has been over the Mega Millions Jackpot. Did you hear it went missing? True. The juicy jackpot, the real riches, went missing. But, lucky that you found this post (or were sent this message) because I intend to … Continue reading

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Reunion, the Ecstasy and Agony

Reunions of long divided family members is the stuff of legend. So reunion is exactly what we desire for our departed ones…a great reunion on the other side. Even so, we long for a reunion for ourselves when we pass … Continue reading

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2012 and The Year Of Understanding (Y.O.U.)

There are many prophecies and theories about what is in store for us in 2012. Hold on to your hats. It could be the end of the world. It could be the end of present tyrannies or simply a broad-based … Continue reading

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You Are Not Alone, or, The Wheelwright

You Are Not Alone, or, The Wheelwright A Story about Our Future Have you ever wondered why we are here and where this all is going? You are not alone. All you and I really want is to “arrive” and … Continue reading

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Starting with Gratitude

If you want peace, start with gratitude. If you want understanding, start with gratitude. If you want joy, start with gratitude. If you want love, start with gratitude. If you want health, start with gratitude. Gratitude eases the way out … Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home

A recent visit to a favorite spot also occasioned a re-visit to “The Wizard of Oz.” There in a romantic get-away, my wife and I snuggled in bed and watched the timeless story of Dorothy and her search for a … Continue reading

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Meditation Marinade

As a child of middle class parents, I grew up with a strong work ethic. And though my father was not “blue collar,” we lived and got by with plenty of manual effort. Every one of my father’s four boys … Continue reading

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Brain Sharpening

An engaged, balanced brain is a happy one, with lively connections, problem-solving smarts and relatively free of emotional hangups. A brain is essential to connect with others, which is why a sharp brain is essential for living fully moment to … Continue reading

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Changing our faltering mythology

A recent review of Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero’s Journey, offered an insight into who we are as a people and maybe why we are here at this point in time. Joseph’s lifelong work was to study the myths of … Continue reading

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4 new links added on Life Links

More great links to life, longevity and thinking of the future have been added to our Life Links page. Blog on life extension, technology and longevity Blog of futurism, trans-humanism and singularity Blog of John Renesch, author, futurist at the … Continue reading

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To Be or Not To Be

What allows people to accept death instead of a life that lasts for 1000 years and beyond? Is there some kind of barrier that stops people from considering living a long life that contributes over and over to the wisdom … Continue reading

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Your Time is Ripe

It is interesting how historic photographs show places that were, at the time, common, but today are more precious for the contrast. Buildings that were seen every day and used for every conceivable human activity, say, one hundred years ago, … Continue reading

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We ALL Die, A Story

A Story “We ALL die,” he declared to the other, who was struggling with the death of his father. What an amazingly unreasonable thing to communicate to another person! Not only does it lack any reason, it couldn’t be more … Continue reading

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Want to stay young?

I love the idea of staying young. And I am taking steps, just like a a child learning the new skills of running and jumping, to do that. To stay young. Recent reads for me include: Spark: The Revolutionary New … Continue reading

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Facing Down Death’s Agenda

Last week was emotionally difficult. Really difficult. Our family had several anniversaries and a memorial, not including the anniversary of September 11. (My wife was there in NYC.) The emotional difficulty didn’t show itself as a direct result of these … Continue reading

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Prayer for 9/11

A couple of days ago I was trying to clear my laptop of excess files and was happy to find many memories of what really matters in life. It helped remind me of my life basics. This is particularly appropriate … Continue reading

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Marking Anniversaries for the Dead

September 11, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Presidents Day, VJ Day. Anniversaries we mark to honor the lives of our compatriots. Some survivors, millions now gone and leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. Not a day goes by … Continue reading

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Why We Crave the New

Humans are forever creating new things, making new connections and wanting to hear what’s new. Why is that? Is it, like I was taught, that we are covetous, lustful and insatiable? Or is it, like religious teachers assure us, the proof … Continue reading

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Anniversaries Before and After

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my father. His passing has changed my life in many ways, not the least of which are anniversaries. His birthday. Father’s Day. Their wedding anniversary. Anniversaries of family reunions, etc. In … Continue reading

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How to Live Forever and Why

Yesterday I was spotted with one of my books. It’s an unusual subject, living forever on this earth, and it has a funny title, How to Live Forever or Die Trying. (I will offer a book review on this blog … Continue reading

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Conversations on Integrity

Jennifer Elizabeth Masters has an insightful blog… easy to read and share. I recommend her post on integrity, a subject that has been going around in my consciousness as I prepare for my next book. Living Fully, the Hidden Requirement, … Continue reading

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More meaning from life

Death, it has been argued, is the way to ensure that we live life with gravity. (Pun intended.) But death really doesn’t ensure that, does it? As a general observation, conservatives in America are happy to see their enemies die … Continue reading

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Living Fully: The Hidden Requirement

Living fully in each moment (by which I mean taking advantage of all the gifts bestowed on us by being alive) is what we are here to do. Living fully doesn’t just happen; it requires commitment. But commitment requires something … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Good

You may recall that I have earlier identified our ultimate enemy as death. This came from an admittedly emotional response to the death of my beloved father. And that is how many people understood it. They understood this as a statement … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life

A writer friend asked me about LifeForeverNow and was quizzical about its premise. “My mother thinks that we should get rid of death, too. But I think death is just part of life. You know, birth, growth and then death.” … Continue reading

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Death as Rebirth

Perhaps the most ancient and powerful of metaphors about life is birth. Birth is not a specialty of mine; I am male. But it remains to me, and most men I am sure, the most powerful of life experiences and … Continue reading

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Slowing Down

We are all in such a rush to get things done. Expectations are high. Payments from the marketplace of skills come too slowly for our appetites. Things around us seem to be piling up, falling down, running over and creating … Continue reading

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When Life Hurts, Part 2

When life hurts, we can come to question everything about the life we have been living. The hurts’ sudden blow can make us question our assumptions or try to make a lesson of it. But sometimes it is too early … Continue reading

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Self-Reliance

Living fully in the present is a big order. I get that. It requires commitment as mentioned in the last post, “When Life Hurts.” Things constantly get in the way of living fully and there is no remedy besides commitment … Continue reading

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When Life Hurts

Many friends and relatives are up in arms. A family friend is about to lose the house he built with his own hands because of an extended illness and his insurance running out. A mother I know is in an … Continue reading

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Examining the Benefit of Limits

In my previous post about limits, I indicated that limits do not agree with us as human beings. Then why do we have them? Besides real dangers that we rightly fear, the reason we limit our aspirations and doubt our … Continue reading

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Ownership

“You can’t take it with you.” If there is only one thing that death teaches us, it is that we do not own anything. Yet this truth is not limited to the objects we think we own; neither do we … Continue reading

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Love, Share, Be. The Reason We Live.

My father’s passing has made an impression on me that nothing before has…and it’s no surprise to those of you that have suffered a similar fate. It has given me a focus on the meaning of my life here and, … Continue reading

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Fallen Fathers

On this Father’s Day, 2011, we again remember fathers. And if your or your partner’s father has passed on, you know that Father’s Day is not necessarily a time of connection and joy. As I look at photos of my … Continue reading

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Passion or Mission

People often think of me as a passionate person. (You may have been able to pick up some of my passion from the way I write.) But counter to the current emphasis on finding your passion, I have not found … Continue reading

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Celebrity Status

People almost never ask me if I am a celebrity. No, I am not, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to be. The truth is, I think we should all be celebrities. We should all be notable for something … Continue reading

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As Powerful as the Trust and Connection

“The roles we play in each others’ lives are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us.” – Oprah Winfrey It’s not hard to see the truth of the quote. Oprah nailed that one. And because roles are … Continue reading

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The Limits of Life

“It is our duty as human beings to proceed as if the limits or our capabilities do not exist.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, visionary French Jesuit, philosopher and scientist. For many years this quote has inspired me to think … Continue reading

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Brain Farts

It has often struck me odd that intelligent people can dismiss obvious refutations to their belief systems. (Good examples include people that join cults or invest in shady propositions.) Why can’t they see the flaws when they also display multiple … Continue reading

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Preserve Life

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” Henry David Thoreau

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Longevity (Life Forever), Amen

There are two things that are vital to both longevity and living fully. (Well, there are many, it’s true, but there are two on my ‘favorites’ list.) One is brain health and the other is sexual vitality. If you don’t … Continue reading

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Meaning of Life and Death

Our brains are predisposed to find meaning in our lives. We are so invested in it that we will do unreasonable things to create meaning where it is not, such as jump to conclusions, believe without facts, exercise faith in … Continue reading

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