When a long-awaited good thing happens, be grateful that it happened, not resentful that it happened so late
Jan11

When a long-awaited good thing happens, be grateful that it happened, not resentful that it happened so late

Suppose someone who had a longstanding disagreement with us finally comes over to our viewpoint. If we welcome them gracefully,…

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The mind is a persecutor who pretends to be the persecuted
Jan07

The mind is a persecutor who pretends to be the persecuted

Few things stimulate human sympathy as much as the sight of someone being persecuted. We naturally want to do what we can …

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To deal with fear, focus not on what if, but on what is
Jan03

To deal with fear, focus not on what if, but on what is

Suppose we hear about an acquaintance getting a heart attack. We may become fearful: “What if I get a heart attack when …

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Self-pity makes feel-bad seem feel-good
Nov26

Self-pity makes feel-bad seem feel-good

Suppose we are in physical pain. We will naturally do whatever we can to free ourselves from that pain as soon as possible.…

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Resilience comes when we accept what is unchangeable, but don’t accept that everything is unchangeable
Nov09

Resilience comes when we accept what is unchangeable, but don’t accept that everything is unchangeable

What makes some people resilient and some people weak? It’s primarily their vision when things go wrong.  Life is tough.…

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The night after a quake, the stars still shine in the sky – don’t let the misery of your life blind you to the beauty of life
Nov01

The night after a quake, the stars still shine in the sky – don’t let the misery of your life blind you to the beauty of life

Suppose a deadly quake has hit a place, leaving it in ruins. If we gaze at all the debris, the sight can be depressing, even …

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