Monthly Archives: February 2013

We’ve Only Just Begun

Someone once said, ‘The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.’ But it’s also true that by the time we get to fifty we have learned life’s most important lessons. We have … Continue reading

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The One Journey That Ultimately Matters

The wisest man I ever met taught me that the one journey that ultimately matters is the journey to that place of central silence deep within us. “To find it,” he said, “is to be home. To fail to find … Continue reading

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It’s Not How Long You Hang Around That Counts

Charles Steinmetz was the engineer who designed the massive generators that made General Electrics one of America’s greatest corporations. After he retired those generators broke down and no-one could get them going. So eventually they called Steinmetz back. He puttered … Continue reading

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The Secret of Answered Prayer

There’s a wonderful line in Solzhenitsyn’s famous novel ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’. The story is set in the hell of a Soviet prison camp, and one day Ivan is praying silently with his eyes closed, when … Continue reading

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Spiritual Furniture

The eminent psychologist Martin Seligman said that we need to ask ourselves why our grandparents didn’t become depressed in the same way we do when they were thwarted, when the people they love rejected them and they didn’t get the … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry; Be Happy!

They say that a dense fog covering seven city blocks to a depth of a hundred feet, if it could be condensed into water, would contain less than one glass of liquid. Now compare this to the things we spend … Continue reading

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Stop Grinning, You’re in Church

The humourist Irma Bombeck once included a sad piece in her newspaper column describing an experience in church when she had watched a small child who kept turning around and smiling at everyone. His mother finally jerked him around and … Continue reading

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