Do you have a habit of putting off things for another time? For instance, that diet that you know you should go on? Or that important task that has to be completed? Or that girl you want to ask out on a date? Or that time you said you'd spend in prayer? You are a procrastinator! Almost all of us…
We have all had moments when we "know" things without being able to explain how we know them. We describe them as gut feelings or hunches and often dismiss them as irrational and illogical. However, intuition —that's the proper word for it — is neither. It is accessing knowledge and memory buried in the subconscious, giving us a way of…
Have you realized that you are most drawn to passionate people? Regardless of the industry they are in — business, entertainment, politics, spirituality — passionate people inspire us. They make our hearts beat faster, make our spirits soar, and make us feel alive.  We can also be passionate people, not necessarily to draw people to us, but because it is…
When I was a kid, I couldn't wait to grow older (mainly so I could get into theaters showing A-rated movies). However, when I got into my twenties, I began dreading turning thirty. But when thirty came, it wasn't bad at all. Then I was afraid of turning forty, then of turning fifty, but now close to becoming 60, I've…
Have you ever been down and out when a random stranger said or did something that changed your mood completely? What works for us also works for others, and a little bit of kindness can make someone's day! It may even impact world history, as legendary athlete Jesse Owens can attest! Advice from a rival saw him win Olympic gold!…
A businessman walked into his church one day. As he sat in one of the pews to pray, he noticed a woman cleaning the church. She swept and swabbed the floor, dusted and wiped down the pews, and picked up and collected the trash. He was very impressed, both by her industriousness and her cheerful demeanor. He thought he could…
George C. Parker was known as the greatest con-man in American history. He managed to sell landmark items like Madison Square Gardens, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which he once sold for $50,000. Police had to stop the "new owners" from setting up toll booths in the middle of the bridge. There are con-men all around the…
The story of Naaman told in 2 Kings 5 is fascinating, with every character in it, including the bit players, teaching us a thing or two. A girl kidnapped from her homeland to serve as a slave in Naaman's home teaches us selfless compassion as she tries to help her master. A soldier who risks his neck to tell his…
I'm going to tell you a story today. It took place many years ago when kings still ruled the lands. Naaman was the commander of the army of one such king. He was a very powerful man, and like most powerful men, he was extremely arrogant. However, he had a severe problem that dented his image: he suffered from leprosy,…
Do you worry? Sure you do. Now, what is worry? It is thinking about something troublesome over and over again until you lose your health, your sleep, your peace of mind, and sometimes even your sanity. Want a quick fix?  Do the same thing but think about the word of God instead. You will become healthy, you will get good…
How are you? Don't give me the standard answer. How are you, really? Chances are you're not so good. You feel you've blown all the opportunities that came your way. You think you're so old, you have run out of time. You feel you have gone so far off the track there is no getting back. Isn't that true? Be…
Do you like solving puzzles? Here is one for you. Take six matchsticks and make four equilateral triangles with them, with the length of each side of the triangle equaling the length of a matchstick. (An equilateral triangle is a triangle where all three sides have the same length.) Don't read further until you have tried this out. Were you…
I stumbled across a music video yesterday by Gracie Lawrence titled, "It's not all about you" (https://youtu.be/-BstMcit8VQ). I found it delightful, not simply because the music was good and it was so well made, but because it stated a very important life truth: everything is not all about us.  It's easy to make it all about us because we are…
Have you ever been part of a conversation and not spoken your mind because you didn't want to offend someone? Or said yes when you wanted to say no? Or offered to undertake a task despite having a full schedule? You might be a *people pleaser* and that is not a very good thing  We all want to be loved,…
You've probably heard the saying, "Money can't buy happiness." Like many sayings, it has become very clichéd. However, it is true. Money can buy many things (and that's not a bad thing), but it can't buy the best things in life like peace and love and, of course, happiness. When I first came to the country I now live in,…
When undertaking a difficult task, very few people succeed in their first attempt. Or in their second. Or even in their third. The people who eventually succeed are those who refuse to be daunted by failure but press on determinedly until they succeed. They have a pitbull mentality. We need to have a pitbull mentality, not in the sense of…
One of the painful facts of life is that nothing is permanent. Not relationships, not finances, not health, nothing. What is even more painful is that we don't realize this fact and, consequently, don't value what we have, be it people or possessions. We work hard and save every penny (cent/rupee/franc/peso) to have something for our old age, but we…
We change physically, emotionally, and intellectually as the years go by. We have experiences, some pleasant, more often painful, but we learn from them. We make mistakes, some minor, some major, but we learn from these too. We obtain knowledge, some from books, much from life. We grow. We evolve. You are not the person you were ten years ago.…
We all face enormous obstacles as we journey through life. God tells us not to worry about them because he can level the mountains; therefore, boulders aren't an issue. What will hamper our journey are the pebbles in our shoes — small things that seem insignificant but can end up crippling us. In the Song of Songs, where two lovers…
Thomas, the apostle, is legendary as Doubting Thomas. But once his doubts were clarified — in a very dramatic fashion at that; he put his hand into Jesus' side to ensure he was real — not only did he become a Believing Thomas, he became a Go-Out-And-Get-Them-Thomas too. He traveled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, traveling as…
I knew somebody who would commentate on every cricket match he watched on television in the manner of an expert even though he had never held a cricket bat in his hand! He comes in the category of "know-it-alls" — people who behave as though they know everything and have the answer to every question. I am sure we have…
"This too shall pass" is a Persian adage that reflects on the temporary nature of the human condition. Sufi poet Attar records the fable of a powerful king who asked his advisers to create a ring that would make him happy when he was sad. After deliberation, the sages handed him a simple ring with the inscription: "This too shall…
You may have heard the saying, "Look before you leap." Or "Haste makes waste." They are both wise aphorisms because we should never make decisions without thinking them through. However, we can end up thinking too much — overthinking! — and this can cripple us into inaction.  We can overthink just about anything. We find a small lump in the…
"Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" is a song by Cliff Richard. Remember him? It was released as Richard's 50th single in May 1970 and peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart. The song spoke about letting go of the friendships of our youth for new ones because we change as we grow older, and our needs change along with…
Have you heard the saying, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"? It is an ancient proverb that means two people (or groups of people) can work together to combat a common enemy despite their differences. We see an example of this during World War II when America, England, France, and Russia banded together to defeat Nazi Germany.  In…
When I look back on my childhood and think about the fairy tales we were told, I find myself horrified. Most were horror stories! Just think of Hansel and Gretel abandoned in the woods by their parents or Red Riding Hood gobbled up by a wolf! Nursery rhymes were no less terrible, with kids falling down hillsides and breaking body…
Some people don't want us to succeed. It's a fact of life. They will try to take us down at every turn, and although they will disguise their motives — often with some sanctimonious twaddle — the reason is usually pure jealousy or hatred.  However, jealousy and hatred aren't always why people don't want us to succeed. Sometimes it is…
I always inwardly squirm when people speak about falling in love because when we fall *in* something, we can fall *out* of it too. And falling out of love — as I am sure you can attest — can have some terrible repercussions, the least of which is heartbreak.  So, what do we do? Stop falling in love? That is…
One day, the Pharisees — who were sticklers for rules and traditions — noticed Jesus' disciples eating food without washing their hands. The disciples weren't unhygienic. The washing was a ceremonial custom handed down over the years and served no practical purpose. The Pharisees asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of…
We recently had a healing session on our new channel on Facebook titled *House of Prayer* (https://bit.ly/hsihouseofprayer). I was aghast at the number of petitions that poured in from people seeking healing for everything from cancer to diabetes. And as I went through the petitions, I couldn't help but wonder how a better lifestyle may have prevented so many of…
The highlight of the recently concluded Academy Award ceremony — popularly known as the Oscars — was Will Smith striking presenter Chris Rock on stage. The star slapped Rock before a live audience after the comic made a joke about the actor's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith has since apologized to Rock, but I am sure he would give anything…
"As the crow flies" is a phrase used to describe the direct distance between two points. It's a straight path a crow might take to reach a destination. However, as we all know, if we want to get somewhere, we have to navigate twists and turns and sometimes take long detours to get to where we want. The road of…
Mark Twain once said: The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why. Although we celebrate the first every year, many of us never celebrate the second because we haven't discovered our purpose on this earth. We wander through life aimlessly, knowing that there should be more than…
Back on earth in an attempt to change the future, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise tells a cynical friend who doesn't hold much hope for the human race because it's about to self-destruct: "History's darkest moments can be a tipping point for change." I agree, not simply because I am a die-hard optimist like Picard, but also a…
Since we started live sessions in the House of Prayer two weeks ago, we have been inundated with prayer requests — nearly one thousand of them! While most asked for prayers for healing or deliverance, many people asked us to pray that their loved ones — especially their children — returned to church. I couldn't help but wonder why they…
Richard Attenborough's movie *Gandhi* begins on a train with Gandhi making a journey to South Africa as a 23-year-old youngster. He holds a first-class ticket but is told to move to second-class because his compartment was reserved for whites. When Gandhi refuses, he is unceremoniously thrown off the train at the next platform.  We see bewilderment in Gandhi's eyes and…
I learned about Alexander the Great when I was learning history in school. One of my favorite stories was how Alexander got his horse Bucephalus. Busephalus couldn't be tamed. He allowed no one to mount him, refused to obey the commands of the grooms, and reared up against anyone who approached him.  Alexander, then a teenager, watched the horse throw…
I have an Instagram account (aneel.aranha), and when I want to unwind, I'll scroll through the videos on them. They are very short, and many of them — especially the ones featuring babies and animals — are laugh-out-loud funny!  I recently watched one such video of a big dog who saw a cat sunning herself and decided to chase it.…
People can be challenging to deal with. They can be obnoxious, unpleasant, and hateful. They can have irritating, even disgusting habits. Their mannerisms can be annoying. Very often, we can choose to stay away from the people whom we dislike, but sometimes we cannot because they are in our workplaces, are part of our social network, or worst of all,…
One of my favorite shows is America's Got Talent because it showcases some of the extraordinary gifts that God has given his children. However, that is not the only reason I like it so much. It also tells the stories of people who have reached there despite tremendous odds. These stories offer immense hope and encouragement, and it is something…
God loves a cheerful giver, and many of us are blessed with a generous spirit. In moments of calamity, we find ourselves rising to the occasion, reaching out to help those in distress even at the risk of personal discomfort. I am now thinking of the Polish people who have allowed hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to cross the border…
We tend to be creatures of habit. We find comfort and security in our routines. Some of us are so entrenched that we can set clocks by our schedules — like Phileas Fogg. Remember him? Even when he tried to make a trip around the world in 80 days, he still tried to stick to his timetable! Having routines or…
Jesus once said, "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31). It is known as The Golden Rule. I recently came across an anecdote that beautifully illustrates the reasoning behind this principle.  There was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to a baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to…
When I was a young boy and singing very enthusiastically at a church service, the choirmaster told me that I couldn't sing and to keep it down. I stopped singing after that (in public anyway) because I believed I had a terrible voice. It was only when I rediscovered Jesus about twenty years ago I started singing again because he…
When I came across a quote by Miguel de Unamuno where he said, "In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd," the first person who sprung to mind was Noah. He set about building an ark to save living creatures from a flood when there was not a single dark cloud in the sky. How people must…
An eagle's egg once rolled out of its nest and came to rest among the eggs of a chicken. The mother hen didn't realize she had an extra egg among her own and sat on top of them until they hatched. If she thought there was something strange about a black bird in the middle of her golden chicks, she…
In Sergio Leone's classic western movie, "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly," there is a memorable scene featuring Eli Wallach, who gave one of his career-best performances in his role as Tuco; aka "The Ugly." While he is soaking in a tub taking a much-needed bath, a man barges in with a gun in his hand. He tells Tuco why…
We are at that time of the year when we think about fasting. We tend to look at it negatively, which isn't surprising because fasting involves abstaining from the good things of life like food and drink (and Facebook?). However, if we can change our mindset and look at what we are *getting* rather than what we are *giving up*,…
"There is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future." While confusion surrounds the origin of this quote — some attribute it to St. Augustine; others to Oscar Wilde — nothing is confusing about the truth of this statement. The latter half is especially true, which should bring hope to all sinners. (Truth be told, that is…
I find the apostle Peter one of the most fascinating characters in the Bible. He was a very impulsive man, often letting his heart guide him instead of his mind, and it is perhaps one of the reasons he was able to accomplish as much as he accomplished. I'm pretty impulsive, too, so let me explain how this works by…
Apathy is a lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or concern about the people or things around us. The only time an apathetic person appears to come to life is when somebody comes to them with a juicy morsel of gossip, but otherwise, they don't seem to care about anyone or anything around them.  Consider Ukraine, for instance. For most people…
Early this morning, I had a dear friend tell me she was diagnosed with cancer again (she had miraculously recovered the first time). At the same time, I had another dear friend send me a video of a song sung by a cancer patient named Jane "Nightbirde" Marczewski that brought tears to my eyes. It was a recording of her…
People can be manipulative, using us for their selfish purposes to satisfy their own needs — whether physical, emotional, or financial. Often, we don't seem to mind because the needs are mutually served. However, this doesn't last. Once the need is met, or the person finds a better alternative, we are dumped like yesterday's trash!  The result? Resentment, unforgiveness, anger,…
When the World Trade Center's Twin Towers opened to the public in 1973, they were the tallest buildings in the world. They took 14 years to build at the cost of more than $1 billion. On September 11, 2001, two planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the buildings, and in less than two hours, both towers were reduced to rubble.…
All of us have experienced failure, and the impact of the fall is directly proportional to the height we have risen. Very often, those who reach the pinnacle of success believe they are untouchable, even though history should have taught us that no one stands so firmly he cannot fall. If you are one of these people who has failed,…
When we look around us at other people and see how gifted they are and how successful they have become in life, we can feel shortchanged. We can believe that God was unfair when he was distributing blessings. I suppose it is human nature to think the grass is always greener on the other side, but this simply isn't true.…
Introverted people are solitary people. I should know because I am one. However, although we might be able to move faster on our own, there are dangers in playing it solo. As the wise King Solomon once said: "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can…
Some of us are loners, but God didn't create us to journey through life alone. He created us to be social people, and other than the joy company can bring us, there is strength in numbers. Additionally, the sum is greater than its parts. A single drop of water remains a single drop of water, but united they can form…
In his novel The Man Who Laughs, Victor Hugo coined the word *comprachicos* meaning "child-buyers." It referred to various groups in folklore who were said to physically manipulate growing children by putting them into pots to change their physical appearance. This resulted in dwarfed and deformed adults who made their living as court jesters or circus clowns earning money for…
I have never understood why we take so much interest in the affairs of others and go to such great lengths to find the dirt on them. Celebrities, of course, are prime targets as evidenced by the popularity of tabloid magazines like Confidential with a monthly circulation in excess of ten million, and its competitors with names such as Whisper,…
Relationships sometimes end. It is the rare person who has never lost a friend or a lover. Some have lost spouses too. Unfortunately, when relationships end, we begin to suffer from a peculiar type of memory failure. We forget all the good times we shared and all the nice things that happened during our relationship, and remember only the bad.…
Today's reflection was inspired by a quote by Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, that I came across yesterday. I will reproduce it in its entirety, even though it is long and may require two or three readings to digest.  "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,…
When we face struggles in life, when obstacles prevent us from moving forward, and when circumstances seem beyond our control, it is easy to begin to despair. This can lead to depression. However, there is a very simple way of getting rid of any negativity and that is by praising God!  Many years ago, Isaiah prophesied: "The Spirit of the…
God has great plans for us, not just for our time spent with him in eternity, but here and now as we walk upon this earth. Unfortunately, many of us may never see these plans come to fruition because we are too afraid of getting out of our comfort zones. One of the reasons is because we listen to the…
One of the questions that God is sure to ask us when we make it to heaven is how many people we brought along with us. I am afraid that many of us will find ourselves embarrassed with the answer. However, it doesn't have to be this way because it is very easy to introduce people to Jesus. All we…
As Christians, we are all called to be disciples of Christ. Once we accept the call to discipleship, we are called to *make* disciples *for* Christ. We often back off, pleading an inability to do the job, pretty much like Moses did when God called him to free the Israelites from bondage (see Exodus 3 and 4). One of his…
The wilderness can be a terrible place, and when we are there for a prolonged period, we can become very frustrated. We can turn our backs on God and look for ungodly situations to ease the pain we feel. However, we can take comfort from the fact that Jesus had to go through a wilderness experience before he commenced his…
People hurt us. Whether intentionally or accidentally, they cause us pain, often deeply. It makes us angry, and we want vengeance. However, Jesus insists we forgive our offenders. He is so particular about it, he warns us that he will withhold his own forgiveness if we don't forgive others. "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you,"…
Life isn't easy. We face constant opposition from people from all walks of life, with various agendas to fulfill. The attacks can be highly vicious and crippling and cause tremendous injury to self-esteem, reputation, even body. Very often, we face similar attacks at home. Domineering and oppressive parents, nagging and critical spouses, disobedient and hostile children can make life very…
We all go through storms in life. Sometimes, these storms are so terrible they threaten to sink us. The worst thing we can do during such moments is give in to panic because panic cripples us. Panic is a sudden sensation of fear. It is so strong that it prevents reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of…
Don't you ever get tired of the constant bickering that goes on in the little cliques we belong to, be it in our neighborhood, office, or church? Don't you get fed up with the rivalry, politics, and one-upmanship, with each group beating or belittling the other in their attempts to be king of the coop? The solution is to fly…
Have you ever tried to solve a puzzle, like Rubik's Cube perhaps, and got frustrated that you couldn't work it out? Situations in life can sometimes get like that. We keep trying to fix a problem—personal or work-related—for days, if not weeks and get nowhere closer to fixing the problem than when we started. The problem might be perspective. We…
Are you one of those people who has a habit of putting off things for later? The term is procrastination and is often the result of laziness or poor time management. Scripture commends hard work and industry (Proverbs 12:24; 13:4) and warns against sloth and slackness (Proverbs 15:19; 18:9). However, the reason we procrastinate may not be because of laziness…
Thousands of people die every day. Among them are people we know and people we love. How do we deal with their deaths? We will join them one day. How do we deal with the thought of our own deaths? We don't like to think about dying, much less talk about it, because we are so afraid of it. However,…
Heartbreak is one of the most painful things we can experience, especially because there is no Aspirin to dull the pain. It is one of the reasons people take to alcohol, but the relief Mr. Walker or the Grey Goose provide is temporary, and the pain gets compounded with the sour taste one wakes up with. It isn't just a…
Have you ever dropped a water glass and watched it shatter into a million pieces? Our lives can seem like this. Long periods of illness, poverty, unemployment, heartache, miscarriages, addictions, abuse—the list is endless—can make us feel like shattered glass, broken beyond salvage. Like Humpty Dumpty.  Yet there is hope for us because, while all the king’s horses and all…
Today’s reflection makes the 100th “Lesson in the Wilderness.” I contemplated ending the series here, not because I had reached a magic number, but because I am now well out of the wilderness. However, I have decided to continue these reflections for a couple of reasons.  One, I still have many things to share, not just about the past year…
Have you ever become angry when people seem to forget the million times you have helped them and remember the one time you didn’t? Or when they don’t take note of the hundred things you did right but pay heed the one thing you did wrong?  I daresay you have because something in our fallen nature delights in looking at…
Life can move at breakneck speed, especially in the cities, where everybody seems to be in a rush, trying to get ahead of each other. Even our modes of transportation seem to be getting faster and faster. While this is not necessarily bad if we don’t use the time we have saved fruitfully, what is the point? The problem is…
We all do terrible things from time to time. Some things are more terrible than others. Ashamed, we try to cover them up, but unfortunately, there is a very devious character—Satan—who always sees what we do. Not only does he torment us about what we did, but he also holds us hostage. What can we do? You would surely have…
Have you heard the saying: “Put your money where your mouth is”? It means that we need to show by our actions and not just our words that we believe in something. This is ever so true when it comes to our faith because it is easy to *say* that we believe in Jesus, but when our faith is tested,…
I hope you had a great start to the year. As we continue to enjoy the freshness that a new year brings, it may be wise to remind ourselves that we can feel fresh every single day! As Jeremiah wrote: “The mercies of God are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23). It may also be wise to remind ourselves that *we*…
Another year comes to an end today, allowing us to put all the mistakes we made behind us, along with all the pain and heartache and suffering we went through. We can look forward to the promise of a fresh start as a new year begins tomorrow.  To this effect, we will make resolutions, things we would like to see…
A wit defined a nanosecond as the time interval between the traffic light turning green and the idiot in the car behind you pressing the horn! But we can all be like that—very short on patience! The dictionary defines patience as the quality of bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. Does…
I have not met a single person in my life who has their act together. Some are better than others at pretending that nothing is wrong with them, but everyone is broken in one way or another. I know that we often feel ashamed of our brokenness, thinking it is a bad—even terrible— thing, and try to hide it from…
This has been another challenging year for us, and I am sure you are glad it is coming to an end. However, I am also certain you wonder if the following year might not be worse. I want to tell you that it will be a great year! Our struggles over these two years have made us stronger, tougher, and…
Every leadership course teaches the importance of having visions and goals in life. I am in complete agreement. If we don’t have a vision of where we are headed, we won’t know where we are going. And if we don’t have goals to fulfill our vision, we won’t get where we want to be. However, the danger is that some…
We have a tradition of giving one another gifts during Christmas, and this is not a bad thing. We all love receiving presents, and it is a way of making the season more joyful. However, it’s more customary to give the person whose birthday we are celebrating a gift, rather than everybody else attending the party. So, how about we…
We often blame God when things go wrong in our relationships, with our careers, even our health, and get mad with him when he doesn’t give us an instant fix to our problem. But here is the point we often forget: we never involved God in our decisions when we made them or our lifestyles as we live them! We…
Now and then, especially amid never-ending struggles, we feel that God doesn’t care. When families remain estranged, when sickness doesn’t end, when success always eludes us, we think God is looking the other way. That isn’t true. He has immense compassion for us, and cares not only about our spiritual needs, but also our physical needs.  Consider the time Jesus…
People often come to us with stories about other people, and we tend to believe whatever they tell us. Consequently, the person is judged and condemned in a matter of minutes. Jesus warns us against doing this. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged,” he says. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged,…
We will put this year to bed in a few days, and many of us will be glad it is over. The relief will not be just because it has been another terrible year, but because we believe we have an opportunity to put our mistakes and foolishness behind us and have a fresh start.  That’s wonderful. Unfortunately, the next…
We live in tumultuous times. Although the worst of Covid appears to be over, there is still the danger a mutation can cause havoc again. The financial crisis continues, with unemployment the highest it has ever been globally. And then there are those natural disasters that are striking with increasing frequency. Even if we get through all these things, we…
Have you heard the saying, “Nice guys finish last”? It essentially means that those who are overly pleasant, considerate, or submissive will not be as successful as those willing to be cut-throat and heartless. Since many of us have experienced this to be true, we have tried to become as ruthless as the competition, climbing over some on our way…
Christmas is a time for great joy and celebration, but it can be a time of immense loneliness for many people. Loneliness occurs when we feel isolated, cut off from people, or left out of the general good cheer that surrounds the season. We can experience this loneliness when we don’t have close family (or friends) with us. These days,…
When we have been trying to achieve something for a long time and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, it is easy for discouragement to set in—ditto when we face obstacle after obstacle or endless opposition. We start to think there is no point in making all that effort and going through all that trouble and, consequently, give up. This…
Everyone is afraid of something or the other. We are afraid of dogs, cats, rats, heights, depths, failure, humiliation, persecution, prison, torture, the sky falling on our heads, the ground opening up in front of us, sickness, misery, and, of course, death. Sometimes we are afraid of life too. Why are we so afraid? Like all other emotions, fear is…
We live in troubling times. We cannot open a newspaper without being bombarded by some problem, whether it is a deadly new strain of the Coronavirus, another threat of a lockdown or fresh flight restrictions, or a further build-up of tension in some hotspot in the world. Compounding this are our personal struggles, so it is not surprising that so…
We are all unique, each person different from the other. It is what makes us special. This “specialness” is what attracts us to other people. However, as we deepen relationships, we discover that they are not quite what we imagine them to be. They do things to annoy us, possess some terrible habits, and have this unpleasant practice of disagreeing…
We all have enemies. These are people who we might have offended, deliberately or otherwise; or people who are jealous of our success; or people who resent us for no reason other than it is in their nature to resent others. Regardless of the reason, they can make it their life’s purpose to take us down, and it can get…
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