The Blessed Influence

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” – George Eliot The whole point of developing character, developing skills and gaining competency in the affairs of the world is to allow for the unveiling of your soul. Your soul longs for expression, not for selfish purposes, but to extend its influence …

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Illuminating Thoughts

“We speak of the sun’s light as “pouring down on us,” as “pouring over us” in all directions. Yet it’s never poured out. Because it doesn’t really pour; it extends. Its beams (“aktai”) get their name from their extension (“ekteinesthei”). To see the nature of a sunbeam, look at light as it falls through a …

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A Life Worth Living

We view the world through filters: the filter of our upbringing, the filter of our family patterns, the filter of our societal norms, the filter of our religious backgrounds, etc. These filters bring certain things into focus and filter other things out. Our filters shape our perception of reality. Some of my friends, for instance, …

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Life on Purpose

As I mentioned yesterday, cynicism is nothing more than the absence of radiance in individual expression. By radiance I do not mean the false and groundless optimism that some people manufacture by mental gymnastics or through intention and therefore “have.” The radiance of which I speak is the outward evidence of the presence of the …

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The Attitude of Cynicism

It is commonly assumed that the attitude of cynicism is something that is caught, like a cold or flu, at a certain point in life. Some contract it earlier than others, but the majority of cases seem to develop in what is known as mid-life. Secondary symptoms often accompany the heart-hardening attitude called cynicism. Men …

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The Armor of Self-Respect

"Self-respect realizes that no one but himself can degrade the individual. The undeserved insult which may sting for a moment he forgets quickly in the thought that it is only a revelation of the character of the source from which it comes; that he himself is invulnerable from insult when he is right, when the …

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