Healthy Giving

The things that make others happy may not be the things that make us happy.  As long as the things that make us happy are not overtly selfish, destructive, or harmful, this is perfectly alright. While being helpful, useful, and generous is necessary if we want to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives, we are not expected…

The Flaws Of Others

When we find ourselves criticizing others, whether publicly or in the privacy of our own thoughts, we should stop to consider where we have been guilty of the same attitudes and behaviors that we find so objectionable.  It is highly likely, with some rare exceptions, that, at one point or another, perhaps even currently, we…

Conducive To Peace

While we should try to create circumstances in our lives that are conducive to peace, this will likely prove to be impossible.  We cannot control everyone and everything.  Life and the people around us will never fully cooperate with our plans.  Beyond that, we, ourselves, may not actually know what conditions will bring peace to…

Distance For Contentment

Much of the time, the source of our contentment or discontentment can be found within us.  However, certain places, circumstances, or relationships are much more likely to make us feel discontented than others.  Whether by design or coincidence, they are overwhelmingly difficult, unpleasant, or frustrating to deal with.  This is true regardless of how we…

Anger’s Sunk Cost

Anger tricks us.  It tricks us into believing that it will help us to overcome our problems, but the truth is that it only makes them worse.  It tricks us into thinking that it will bring us closer to that which we seek while simultaneously moving us further and further away from it.  It tricks…