Our articles, books, downloads and select products focus on these general themes:
- Acceptance of life as an inexplicable mystery.
We are all looking for answers to help us cope with and navigate through the many challenges that “present” daily in our lives. The questions as to the “meaning” behind any event are as complex as the possible answers. Since we have only our beliefs shaping our thoughts of what lies beyond, we need to find our own meaning, individually and collectively, in the here and now. The present is the only place that any answers will be revealed.
- Acceptance of time as a man-made construct.
Einstein said: “Time is relative.” It is not a fixed reality but rather a subjective one. To explain this concept, he said that “sitting on a hot stove for a minute seems to take much longer than having a pretty woman sit in your lap for an hour.” Time is a “use it or lose it” item, the only commodity that cannot be saved, horded, taken back or replaced. By accepting this indisputable fact, we can begin to determine whether we are wasting time or using it wholeheartedly to create the most productive, happiest possible life for ourselves and our loved ones.
- Taking ownership of your decisions.
Eleanor Roosevelt, for one, is credited with having said, “There are no victims, only volunteers.” With few extreme exceptions, the circumstances of your life reflect your own conscious and/or unconscious doing. Too often we blame others instead of taking a serious personal inventory that assesses how we are contributing to the circumstances of our lives and relationships. Our articles, books and downloads explain the benefits of taking full responsibility for whatever happens to you. Surprised? You won’t be once you understand your role, the choices you’ve made and their impact on your life’s circumstances. You can have an optimistic outlook despite others, personal setbacks or uncontrollable events. A lot of growing up happens between “It fell” and “I dropped it.”
- Following your dreams.
Navigating through social pressure and conventional wisdom while doing things “your way” is not easy. But others have done so very successfully, and so can you. The essays, articles, books and downloads we publish provide not just inspiration but real-life stories with practical tools so you can fulfill your objectives and dreams in your work and personal lives.
- Being authentic.
Parents, schooling, work and society are designed to mold us into a functioning group. This is a good thing. Yet, as we strive to organize chaos, candor–a very constructive form of communication–has gotten lost. Too often due to guilt or fear, we do or say things we think we are expected to do or say in an effort to please others. Lack of candor is often at the root of failure in both many businesses and relationships. Lack of candor coupled with excessive importance placed on the opinions of others can prevent us from fulfilling our personal and professional visions. By taking the time to understand what formed our belief systems (in any area of our lives), we can start to eliminate unnecessary noise and confusion. Each of us can learn to “listen to your gut” to fulfill our heart’s call.
- Clarifying passions and reaching goals.
We were meant to be challenged. Each of us is happiest when we passionately strive to reach a new goal: completing any work or personal project, getting a new job, learning a language, creating a new piece of art, mastering an instrument, moving from one city to another, working towards a healthier relationship with oneself or another, or whatever. You can learn to define your passions and set a clear pathway to reach your goal.
- NOW is the time!
We are here on Earth for a finite visit. We assume we’ll live 100 years and consider 50 to be a midway point. Yet, none of us knows exactly when the second have of our life began. How do we accept this reality and use it to improve our happiness quotient? Accepting that we don’t have forever to reach our goals in any area of our lives is often the first step to greater achievement and happiness. The quicker we get over the fact that we are all dying, the quicker we can get on with living and appreciating our stay while we’re here living fully.