Yes, I admit it. I cannot control the headlines in all the newspapers I read, but I can control what articles I read from beginning to end.
I cannot control how politicians are handling the problems we are having in our planet right now, but I can do my best efforts to do my part to make this universe a better place to live. I am convinced that if everyone would only do their part, instead of being criticising and pretending to tell others what they should do or think, this whole universe would be a different place.
I cannot control what people believe to be the best solutions to every problem we are facing as human beings, but I can decide to do everything in my power to work on solutions I can do something to make them real. We might differ on what the best solutions should be for some problems, but the only way we will find out is to do something and try them. Continue reading
Living in these times, it’s a very exciting and challenging adventure.
Information is always at your fingertips, and you can communicate with people around the world in real-time almost anywhere.
These great advances are making our lives easier in some areas, but very difficult in others.
Do you know what I think we need the most now? Continue reading
For you who want to learn everything right now.
Sometimes we wish other people would know what we know, and they could do what we do and be as good as we are at doing some things.
We get frustrated when our children or those people close to us cannot see the world the same way we do. We think that if only they could see things from our own perspective, things would be so much easier for them.
It is so difficult sometimes trying to explain some situations when we see them from the outside. But for the people “inside” things look complex and overwhelming. And of course, we cannot understand why they cannot see things that are so “obvious” to us.
But in these cases, we are guilty as well, we rarely stop to think than the others have a very different learning path then our own. They do need to go through the difficulties and “problems” they are facing now in order to grow and become wiser. In fact, you are doing the same thing right now, that is why we are all here. Continue reading
Talking with some friends who have achieved many meaningful things in their lives, or at least, that is what most people around them think, I had some interesting epiphanies.
Viewed from my perspective, most of them have achieved wonderful things, one of them has written more than 30 books, some of them best-sellers in different countries, another one has a company that helps poor people in different countries, the other one has made many movies that were really famous worldwide, and he is still very respected in the film industry.
Yet, they do not see themselves as overachievers, despite the fact that most of us around them see them as role models to emulate.
When talking to them in a reunion, I was amazed to see that they actually see themselves as “regular” people, they always have someone “above” them that they admire and wish to imitate at all costs.
For instance, I asked my friend who is a very successful writer how did he start writing books? Was it difficult? Was it something he always wanted to do? Continue reading
One of the most wonderful things about literature is that it could be timeless.
You can write a chronicle right now about events that took place thousands of years ago, you can start a story in an undetermined era and create a delightful narrative about an ageless period.
I have read books with teachings written centuries ago and its concepts are still valid and relevant nowadays. You can learn from them as if they had been written this morning and applying that wisdom to your daily life is as suitable as if you were living back then. Continue reading
She was still alive.
She had just finished her pulmonary emphysema treatment. She had barely come out alive of this whole situation, but at least, she was alive.
The last few months had been very difficult for her and her family. They were all exhausted and all they wanted was return to their daily lives as usual.
They wanted to put all that behind. Forget about it and pretend that it never happened with a smile on their faces.
Of course, the doctors forbid her to even look at a cigarette ever again!
And, in the beginning, she said she would do everything in her power to regain her health and her life once more.
But, in her heart, things were very different. Continue reading
One of the things I admire the most of some of my elderly friends is their optimism and cheerful disposition.
They are always happy and despite their own personal problems, they always have a smile on their faces, that is why they are still alive I think.
I did some voluntary work in London in elderly houses a few years ago. One day I was talking with one of my friends there and I was telling him about a problem that looked unsurmountable to me at the time. I could not see a way out of that situation and I felt everything was lost for me.
When I finished telling my friend about my problem, he began laughing loudly while looking at me amusingly. Continue reading
Every day I am seeing more and more examples of the influence of the masses on very valuable people.
Thinking by yourself is something you can do very easily, but sharing your thoughts and opinions with others is what turns out to be very difficult nowadays.
I was talking the other day with some friends, and two of them began talking about international politics, one of them, the one who was most passionate about his views, was doing most of the talking, my other friend just agreed with everything the other said.
I know him well, so I couldn’t understand why he was agreeing with points of view completely opposite to his own. Continue reading
We usually receive gifts on Christmas, our birthday, and some other special occasions.
Some of us are used to wake up in the morning under a roof, with nice blankets and most times a good breakfast waiting for us on the table. We see it so natural, that we forget to be grateful for all those blessings we receive every day.
There are some people who are open and willing to receive, but there are others who feel they do not deserve it.
In some cases, not being “open to receive” is as bad as not being willing to share your good with others. Continue reading