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55 Self stands in the way

One afternoon before reaching teen-age, I did battle with my mother. There was something about school that I thought she did not understand from my viewpoint. I stormed out of the house angry. There was a friendly nature park in the lot behind our house. After a half-hour walk in the park, I returned completely calmed and ready to drop my case. My mother had been regrouping in a different way. She met me with a barrage of arguments proving the error of my perspective. That reception did not help me to feel good about swallowing pride and coming around …

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54 Anti-Christ?

The Trauma – An Allegory Three-year-old Miguel pressed tight against the back of the couch, frozen with terror, while the robber bludgeoned Miguel’s aged grandfather to death using the only heavy article in the room: a large heirloom crucifix that had been in the family for decades. Miguel’s parents returned home soon after the robbery murder, found the sobbing child, and began the process of healing with him. Young children are resilient. Family and friends were relieved at Miguel’s recovery. A decade later a proud Miguel bid his parents farewell and set out to the resident mission school. He had …

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41 Think first!

Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate in Physics, explained that he maximized his utility by multiplying the need for a task by his ability to perform it. People regarded some things more urgent than physics research, but his skill set did not match those other needs. Society thrives by combining the talents of diverse workers. It takes all of us. People do not always behave logically. Emotions carry more weight; we do the things about which we feel best. Sometimes that coincides with logic. Previous articles have considered resolving differences in people’s perceptions and expectations. We are hard-wired for collaboration, and the …

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34 I will get them

“Protect me from the things I want,for I will get them!” My father taught me this saying early in life. It now fits into our study of attitude. We have learned to divert attention away from confrontation and away from gloom. We have invoked positive attitude because it directs where we are going. Now we observe that goals are most likely reached when supported by healthy expectations like the one above, which is a positive attitude that translates into achievement. Proverbs asserts “as a man thinketh, so is he.” Mary Morrissey teaches that everything is created twice: first in the …

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