Monday, January 5, 2009

Spiritual growth in the age of anxiety- Scott Peck

How can we live a rich and fulfilling life in a world fraught with stress and anxiety?
The greatest challenge is to learn how to deal with life's conflicts, problem and paradoxes to find true simplicity on the other side of complexity.
we need to be more aware both within ourselves and within society.
It is crucial that we learn to think with integrity, know the difference between good and evil and overcome narcissism to love and be loved as well as to live with paradox and accept consequences of our action and come to terms with dying and death.

We continue to learn and grow with the ultimate goal of perfecting our soul. It is only through the death of old ways that we make room for the birth of new ones.We see learning as an adventure and the stages of dying as important to the process of unlearning and new learning.

The redemption of Odysseus-Patrick Fitzhugh

The writer recalled how his father tried to read the story of Odysseus to him and his brothers.
Just as Odysseus, he was fighting against the unfair odds the world threw at him and doing his best to emerge with honour and family in tact. At that point of time however,the writer thought that Odysseus' weakness was his great ego and therefore he dismissed everything as hyperbole.His own trip to Italy brought him face to face with what the Mediterranean really is and not the picturesque calmness portrayed in travel books or as seen from above.
He realised what his father was trying to do in sharing the story of Odysseus.His father was trying to prepare him and his brother for the trials and hardships they would face one day. In his first-hand experience with the Mediterranean seen at close quarters, Odysseus had been redeemed and he understood what Odysseus and his own father had gone through in search for respite from their daily battle with life.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Simple steps-10 things to create an exceptional life

Choose the right attitude
Tap your inner momentum
Transform your life with kindness
Welcome stillness in your life
Settle with the past and move on
Banish prejudice from your life
Take risk to a brighter future
Connect with a higher power
Put discipline on your side
Heed the call to leadership

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound- Goethe
He that does good to another does good also to himself- Seneca
Never stop thanking
Put other people first
Pass grace along
Be your own person-get in touch with yourself and with God
Do good for no good reason

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Your bridge to a better future

Progress in life is not measured by security but by growth. Growth means taking risks as we will never get anywhere interesting by always doing the safe thing.
"You can't stay in the harbour and discover new worlds at the same time."

Life is a journey, a process. Everyday, we must deliberately make the effort to take a few steps, learn, grow and become better than we are today. The secret of our future is hidden in our daily routine.

There are three choices that we can make with things that bother us.
We can deal with it, get over it or learn to live with it.
When making choices, we must never lose sight of the big picture.If we can't see the forest for the trees, we will almost certain to get lost.

Some notable quotes:
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.- Marie Curie

The best medicine is to stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about other people.- Frederic Loomis

I must lose myself in action lest I wither in despair.- Alfred Lord Tennyson

I had the blues because I had no shoes, until upon the street I met a man who had no feet.- Harold Abbot

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours- Benjamin Disaeli

When good men die, their goodness does not perish but lives though they are gone- Euripides