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THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS!  When we have been hurt and wronged, forgiveness is probably the furthest thing from our minds. To forgive someone is difficult, and sometimes well-nigh impossible, but it is the wise and psychologically smart thing to do. Anger and resentment rob you of your happiness and peace of mind, and if allowed …

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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing is a truly fascinating book! It is made up of answers to a single question that the author, Richard Reed, has asked 62 remarkable people from around the world: “Given all that you have experienced, given all that you now know and given all that you have …

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WALK A MILE IN HIS SHOES… Nathan Rutstein (1930-2006) a journalist who spent much of his life reporting on and writing about the deep, endemic problem of racism in North America and elsewhere, possibly gave the most succinct definition of prejudice, ever, when he said: ’Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance.’ Implicit in that …

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SURVIVING MT. EVEREST’S ‘DEATH ZONE’… Julie Diamond, Ph.D, who has spent a lifetime studying the effects of power on people, draws a fascinating comparison between climbing Mt. Everest and achieving high rank and power. In her book, ‘Power: A User’s Guide’, she paints a dramatic word picture … “At 26,000 feet above sea level, the …

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LET IT PASS… There’s nothing some of us like more than a good argument! And while healthy disagreements are important and certainly have a way of oxygenating and revitalising the important relationships in our lives, the danger often lies in having too many arguments and always having to be right about everything! Once in a …

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The Cork and the Whale A little brown cork fell in the path of a whale Who lashed it down with his mighty tail! But inspite of the blows It quickly arose And floated serenely before his nose. Said the cork to the whale, ‘You may flap, sputter and frown But you never, never can …

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THE CHAINED EAGLE Folk tales and ballads have a way of conveying deep truths in ways that long and elaborate philosophical treatises never quite can. As an example, consider the words of this old Irish folk ballad … “I’d like to tell the story about an eagleChained so long to a stake upon the groundDay …

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‘DIFFICULT DAYS’ Winnie-the-Pooh, the loveable, orange, honey-eating bear has been a children’s favourite from the time he first appeared on bookshelves in 1926. The author, A.A. Milne had fought in the first World War in the terrible battle of Somme in France and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder for a long time after. He created the …

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Steve Jobs once said, “Life is lived going forward, but it is understood looking backward,” and it often takes a while to see the good in the bad things that have happened to us. A case in point involved an incident in the life of the writer, Ernest Hemingway, whose straightforward prose and understated style …

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The story is told of a young woman who had taken ballet lessons all through her childhood and who now felt ready to make a career of it. So, when a leading ballet company came to town, she went to meet the ballet master. “I want to be a ballerina,” she said, “but I don’t …

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