The Power Within You

I’ve heard it said so many times … “life is tough”, “life is an uphill battle”, “life is such a struggle”.

Why is it that so many people feel aggrieved about the quality of their life? Surely that’s not how life on earth was intended to be?

What’s going on here?

If you are someone who is finding life to be a daily grind, or you know of someone who feels that way then I would like to offer you some thoughts on how to come to terms with and deal with this debilitating feeling.

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

– Marcus Aurelius

The power within you

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The Meaning of Life

What a profound subject to kick off the new year with, you may be thinking!

Well, I’m never one to turn down the prospect of an expanded readership, and if the title of the Blog Post can help achieve that without totally misleading the audience, then “Why not,” I say?

If you were looking forward to a straightforward answer to the age old question: “What is the meaning of life?” I may disappoint you. I have some ideas on that topic, of course, but there are others out there more eminently qualified to do that justice!

What I want to focus on today is how events and situations affect our lives based on the meaning we attach to them. Perhaps not as profound-sounding as the title implies, but nevertheless incredibly important in determining how we feel about ourselves and about life!

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when YOU are the answer.”

– Joseph Campbell


 

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A Boerewors Roll for the Soul

It seems like yesterday – but its actually four years ago now – that I wrote and self published my first (and, so far, only) book, “A Boerewors Roll for the Soul – Awaken to the magic of the life you love.”

I can honestly say I did it for love and the experience, more than anything else. Though I regard myself as a reasonably competent marketer, I admit to having been quite pathetic when it comes to applying any marketing expertise to my book. I guess that’s just never been my focus.

Just the other day, however, an old friend in the UK delivered something of a wake-up call.

Unbeknown to me, he found out about the book, ordered a copy, read it … and then proceeded to give me a polite ‘tongue lashing’ via email.

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a hiding place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, so that those who enter may see its light.”

– The Bible (International Standard Version)

 

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The Six Human Needs

Abraham Maslow developed what is now commonly known as ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’.

He postulated that human needs are arranged in a hierarchy starting with our most basic physiological needs for food, water and air, to safety, to love, to esteem and finally to our highest need, namely self actualisation.

The hierarchical arrangement suggests that only once the most basic need is met can we aspire to the next level of need, and only once that need is met can we aspire to the next highest need, and so on and so on.

 

“To deal with individual human needs at the everyday level can be noble sometimes.”

– Jimmy Carter

 

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The Art of Communication

Whenever I think of the importance of good communication in our day to day lives, I am reminded of the following powerful quotes that a local magistrate used recently, upon convicting a well known politician of  indulging in ‘hate speech’.

“Be wary of turning into a man that often speaks but never talks.”

– Oliver Wendell Homes

“Words are the clothes that thoughts wear, only the clothes.”

– Samuel Butler

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