What if tragedy, chaos and unhappiness are nothing but a rumor, cemented into our consciousness by years of conditioning?
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” –Bob Marley Most of us think life is some sort of boot camp for heaven. We believe this short life span is “only a test” for the paradise we’re eventually going to earn. If we hang on and bear up, we’ll someday walk […]
“Like a loyal animal, the imagination will come when it knows the door is open.” –Carol Lloyd My favorite how-to book will never be found in the self-help section of the bookstore. It was written long before the term self-help was even coined. It’s a children’s book called Harold and the Purple Crayon and it […]
“I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen.”—Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars I didn’t make Forbes’ list of billionaires in 2012. Unlikely, I’ll make it this year either. But I do know a secret that makes me deserving of the list. I know with complete certainty that […]
Is the radio station in your head stuck on a self-defeating channel? Maybe it’s time to pick a better song.
“At every point in time, there are infinite possibilities and a parallel reality exists for each possibility.” –Daniel Jackson, Stargate Imagine this? A foreign exchange student from a tiny African village with no running water or electricity comes to the West and gets dropped off at a hotel room. The hotel maid, who has a […]
“Violence is interesting which makes it a great obstacle to world peace and more thoughtful television programming.” –P.J. O’Rourke Crisis, conflict and violence are the prevailing themes of our 24/7 media. If some stranger talked to us the way newscasters do, we’d tell them to go jump in a lake. Likewise, if our boyfriends made […]
Like everyone else on the planet, I learned ages ago that opportunities for pain and suffering are always going to be available and that if I was going to live with intention, it’s best to steer clear. I’d have never become the author of 16 books, a reporter for People magazine and a world traveler […]
There’s a reason J.C. said, “Let the children come unto me.” Kids know important stuff, stuff we mature adults work very hard to unteach them. But maybe instead of urging our children to “be careful” and “act responsible,” we should follow their lead. Here are the top six things preschoolers have over us: 1. Make […]
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.—Fyodor Dostoyevsky Before entering the hospital room of a tuberculosis patient, visitors are required to cover their entire bodies. They even don surgical gloves and face masks. None of us balk at this seemingly overcautious behavior. We don’t want to catch tuberculosis. […]
When we first learn about manifesting and the “law of attraction,” we tend to jump in with giant goals, things like new cars, new homes, boyfriends who look like Fabio. Those are all fantastic intentions and every single one of you deserves every one of those things. But what I’d like to suggest is baby […]
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” –T-shirt I saw in Hawaii Filmmaker Michael Moore, in a 2002 commencement speech, gave the following advice. “All you boys should learn that once you give up on that girl, she will come to you.” In some ways, prayer works the same way. […]