Other people may hurt you. They may try to manipulate you. They may mistreat you. They may hate you. But they can’t control your heart.
Not unless you give them that control.
Obviously, by “heart,” I’m not referring to the heart-pumping organ in your chest. Rather, I’m defining it in the common metaphoric sense.
Your heart is who you are.
Your heart represents who you are down deep — tucked away from the external world and all the noise, the worries, the distractions, the outside influences.
Circumstances, and other people, certainly influence us. They can affect us emotionally and physically…
We are the United States of America in name only.
In reality, we hate each other.
And those who traffick in hate are far more popular than the few of us still calling for love, mercy, and compassion.
When I post a message on social media calling for love, compassion, or civility, it gets hardly any attention. And yet someone else — even if they have fewer followers — can post something that mocks or attacks a politician or celebrity, and they’ll get loads of likes or comments.
It isn’t just me. It’s this way for many of my friends…
Americans were greeted with the news this week that right-wing radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh had succumbed to cancer. The reaction was sadly predictable. While many (particularly on the right) mourned his passing, a huge number of Americans who disagreed with Limbaugh’s politics erupted in cheers. Their sentiment: Good riddance.
This is where we are, my fellow Americans.
We now cheer the death of those with whom we disagree.
That’s right. Americans hate each other so much these days that they will enthusiastically and publicly celebrate the demise of politicians, judges, activists, commentators, or broadcasters with whom they disagree.
On September 19, 1796, readers of the American Daily Advertiser were greeted with perhaps the most famous letter in American history. That letter was titled The Address of Gen. Washington to the People of America on His Declining the Presidency of the United States.
It was immediately reprinted in newspapers throughout the country. Within days, all Americans had read the letter — a letter now known simply as “Washington’s Farewell Address.”
The letter was remarkable for its time, not simply for the ideals and principles it conveyed, but mostly because of the news it conveyed.
As far as those living…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the firing of Gina Carano, a popular star of the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian. She was fired in the midst of controversy surrounding social media posts.
A statement from Lucasfilm reported that Carano, who played former Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune in The Mandalorian, announced her termination, adding that “her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Let’s set aside Carano’s socio-political views and let’s also set aside the disagreement over whether Carano’s posts actually did denigrate people “based…
What kind of society do you want to live in?
Do you want to live in a society that values freedom or fundamentalism?
You must choose one or the other because you can’t have both.
When we read or hear about people being censored, de-platformed, or losing their jobs because of outrageous or hurtful statements they’ve made, it’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of the moment and approve of the social and economic consequences the perpetrator is receiving.
I get it. When someone says something that’s hateful or bigoted, I find that deeply offensive. We should find…
In 2020, I read 80 books. The year before, I read 97. In fact, since the beginning of 2017, I’ve read 323 books in their entirety.
It’s changed my life.
Prior to 2016, I was very undisciplined and unfocused in my reading. I would read bits and pieces of books, but would rarely finish them. Of course, I would read articles in magazines or newspapers or on the Internet, and I still do. But my reading was reactive and completely inconsistent.
A colleague of mine challenged me on this, and I decided to do better. And starting in 2017, I…
The ability to hear criticism and process it in a healthy, positive, and constructive manner without suffering a loss to your self-esteem is a superpower. And that superpower can be yours.
Receiving criticism gracefully and processing it constructively is even more impressive when the person giving the criticism is doing so in a toxic, condescending, or mean-spirited tone.
It would be wonderful if everyone in your life would see you and understand you the way you feel you should be viewed and treated. It would be great if everyone was polite, gracious, kind, and supportive. …
When I was a teenager, I remember the popular LifeAlert television commercial featuring the line: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
Over the years, there have been quite a few jokes, parodies, and memes based on that famous catchphrase.
The phrase usually applies to those who need physical assistance. They’ve literally fallen and they can’t get up without help. With this article, I want to apply the principle to a different kind of fall — the kind of emotional or spiritual fall that people have when life itself seems to knock them down.
We’ve all experienced times when, due…
What’s your reputation? When people see you, what do they think? When they hear your name, what comes to their mind? Whatever the answer is to those questions… that’s your brand.
You may not think you have a brand, but you do.
When you see a McDonald’s, what are your thoughts? McDonald’s has an identity — a reputation. And it’s a reputation that, at this point, is fixed in the minds of hundreds of millions of consumers around the world. This is called a “brand.”
You can think about any company or product — and they all have a “brand,”…