Category Archives: Life Wisdom

Bonding with Life

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of bonding with my new dog Molly. THE PROBLEM It began with having to discipline her for her “fear biting.” Of course, I recognized that she had been abused a couple years back in a … Continue reading

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Overpopulation Myth

It’s crazy when you think about it, but not in the way we’ve been told to think. We’ve been told, with statistical “proof” that human beings are becoming too populous for the planet. And while people of various political, religious, … 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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Humility, the Unsung Hero: An Interview

Recently, I had the rare (really rare) opportunity to interview Humility. Usually working in the background, and often misunderstood as weak or failing to thrive, Humility, IMHO, is a hero in the development of wisdom and understanding. Me: Humility, what … Continue reading

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Understanding the Power of Death

Death wields ultimate power over us, or so it seems. Having encountered it (not the theatrical versions), death shakes us of our illusions of self-power, control and imperviousness. For many of us it goes even further to make us fearful … 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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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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Death Through the Eyes of a Visionary

Steve Jobs, the inspiration behind the Apple empire, a man with amazing vision about what was possible within technology, a man who changed how we act several times a day, has passed. Though his illness was widely publicized, many of … 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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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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Wit and Wisdom, Centenarian Style

Centenarians have a variety of personal characteristics that seem to pre-dispose them to a long life. Besides not abusing their bodies over their lifetime, many stay active mentally and physically. The wit of comedian and centenarian George Burns is legendary. … 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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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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Shortage of Wisdom

I do not call myself wise. But I think I can recognize wisdom. Often the wise ones are in their 70’s and 80’s or older. The problem is, people of that age are not that numerous and the ones that … Continue reading

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Life Strives

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die- for the harder I work, the more I live… Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for … Continue reading

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A Life of Purpose

Wayne Dyer in his book Wisdom of the Ages quotes poet George Bernard Shaw: “This is the true joy in life: The being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” I couldn’t agree more. Shaw contrasts … Continue reading

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A Conspiracy Against Wisdom?

For thousands of years now (with the single exception of the people mentioned in Genesis that lived hundreds of years), the average human life span has been less than forty years. Think of it. By the time we are forty, … Continue reading

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