Certainly, many things have had an influence on your life. These influences or events can be very important as far as your life’s ultimate destination is concerned. However, there is one thing that plays the primary role – the most important role – in determining the outcome of your life. Do you know what it is?
Many of us are so busy with our jobs, our families and other activities that we fail to assess who we really are and what is fundamentally important in our life. Our lives, to a great extent, are controlled by our to do lists: drive the kids to school, get to work, pay the bills, get the grocery shopping done, go to the meeting…the list goes on and on.
What other people think….
You may argue with me on this one, but the strongest influence on many of the choices we make is what other people think or, more precisely, what we think they think. I believe that this factor not only influences many of our choices, but it can actually modify the way we live our lives on a day-to-day basis.
The U.S. has made significant progress over the past 30 or 40 years to make all things fair and equal for its citizens and for those who come here. It’s an important objective for a nation to have, one that we are continuously working to enhance, and hopefully someday soon, we will actually achieve it.
When you experience a series of calamities in life, including some of your own making, it seems only natural to begin looking for the WHY. As in, why is this happening to me? Why does it keep happening? What have I done to deserve this? Why am I being punished with such gleeful karmic abandon? Have I offended the Cosmos in some unknown or unremembered way? Why can’t I manage to rise above, no matter how hard I try?
We all want to be great, to feel special and to be treated in special ways. However, when we talk or think about greatness, we often confuse what we do with who we are.
Today, Blake Layman, Jose Quiroz, Anthony Sharp, and Levi Sparks, four teenagers from Elkhart, IN, are sitting in the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, the result of an impulsive decision to rob some empty houses and get some “quick money” that went horribly wrong. Not sitting in the jail with them is Danzele Johnson, who died after a homeowner shot him.
Since I can remember, I have been fascinated with all things Old World. That interest extends not just to pre-Columbian Europe, but to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans – when everything was magic and superstition, when the world and its boundaries were as unfathomable as the seas.
With mass information and networking at your fingertips, it’s easy to tune out of the real world and become absorbed in liking, sharing, commenting and tweeting online. But did you know that social media can be bad for your social life?