Apocalypse! It seems that every day we are assailed with news from every corner of the globe that threatens to overwhelm many aspects of our lives and possibly destroy the world we know. Inflammatory words such as deadly, fatal, hopeless, disastrous, catastrophic, and so on enter into many media articles, and they affect us – either with a sense of hopelessness and fear, or anger and frustration.Continue Reading
A leopard can’t change his spots. Right? Sometimes we are persuaded to believe that who we are is set in stone. “I am who I am, and I can’t change,” is something many of us believe and tell ourselves. In modern therapy circles, it’s sometimes called self-acceptance.
Yet, for some who might be struggling with depression, or with something as simple as unlikable or limiting character traits, it’s a belief system that can make us feel helpless and unable to experience greater health or happiness. Or, this self-acceptance might simply limit us from experiences that could greatly bless us and others.
Countless books and websites inform us that we need to be more self-aware and committed to a reinvention of ourselves. And, some of us do take on the challenge to change aspects of our human character, especially if we do not feel fully satisfied and we come to recognize that specific changes might enable us to be more in charge of our lives.Continue Reading
In the 2006 movie, The Pursuit of Happiness, homeless, unemployed, single parent Chris Gardner struggles to find a home and financial security for his son. The movie includes numerous heart-rending scenes of Gardner (played by Will Smith) lining up with his son at homeless shelters while trying to hold down an unpaid internship at a Wall Street investment company. He sees success at that internship as his last chance to pull his little family out of poverty.
The movie is based on the memoirs of the real Chris Gardner, who did make it through that difficult period with his son and became a successful Wall Street investment banker and philanthropist. At the time of the movie’s release, Gardner and his son (now an adult) were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. At one point she asked Gardener’s son whether he remembered being homeless, and what it was like. Christopher Jr. answered – in essence – that he only remembers how wonderful and safe it always felt to be with his dad.Continue Reading
2014 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner, Malala Yousafzai, is not only convinced there is, but she lives what she believes. At just 15 years old, she survived a brutal attack by a young “Talib” who shot her in the head on a school bus in Pakistan. Her crime – in his eyes – was having the audacity, as a girl, to want to work toward an education!
When speaking at the United Nations in 2013, she said she knew her life was threatened long before the attack, and wondered what she would do if faced by a man with a gun. She remembered thinking to herself:Continue Reading