Inspirational Words from Carl Sagan: A Message for Humanity

Though humanity is capable of such cruelty, it is also capable of tremendous love, compassion, and industriousness. I have always found  to be an inspired man who was passionate and optimistic about our ability to work together to achieve greatness. But he was always well-aware of our potential do harm: "And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect … [Read more...]

Stop Letting People Down

Ever feel like you can't seem to come through on your promises? Do people say that you're not dependable? Do you feel like everybody wants something but you just can't keep up with all the requests for help? When I was just out of high school, I went through a phase where I was constantly letting people down. I was making promises and not keeping them. I didn't do it on purpose, but it kept happening anyway. I had the best intentions every time I made a promise, but the reality was, I just … [Read more...]

You’re Not Responsible for Their Happiness

Guilt has a sneaky way of weaseling into hidden areas of your life. Are you doing things out of guilt? Do you feel obligated to participate in certain events or activities and feel guilty if you don't? Ever feel like you're being dumped on, like everybody wants something from you and you're always so busy trying to make everybody else happy, that you never have time to do things that make you happy? From a very early age, we learn how important it is to please everybody else. If you do … [Read more...]

No Shortcuts to a Better Life

I'm not going easy on you today. Why? Because everybody needs a wake-up call now and then. So I'm here to tell you, there are no shortcuts to a better life. And as difficult as your life might be right now; as tired as you are from all your struggles, there is hope. Change is never easy because it takes so much effort. I don't know about you, but I would rather struggle to change my life for the better, then just continue to struggle with no hope for a better life. Think about it. If you're … [Read more...]

How to Apologize

Say, "I'm sorry." That's it. You can reword it, or put more emphasis, such as by saying, "I apologize." or "I'm really sorry." But basically, that's how to say it. And if I say anything else, nothing more can really be added to that. Two words: "I'm", and "sorry". Say it, mean it, and live it. Okay, obviously, there's more to say about it than that. Not in the wording, of course, because you can say it in whatever way works for you. But the basic wording will essentially be the same. So what … [Read more...]

My Personal Declaration of Independence – 2010

I am a firm believer that wisdom grows out of our mistakes. But the momentum gained through our troubles is sometimes lost because our patterns of thinking and behavior have not changed and are crowded out by the demands laid upon us by our family and friends; by our co-workers, our government, and the media; by our culture and even by our pre-recorded beliefs that we did not choose. As a result, our short burst of motivation born from newly-gained wisdom is quickly blown away like smoke in a … [Read more...]