Change How and What You Read – Forever

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“…life is too short for reading poor books” – Rolf Dobelli (Swiss author and thinker).

Click here to see why Dobelli says this and what advice he has to offer. It may change your reading habits forever.

Food for Thought: How to develop genuine confidence

“Be clear that confidence and self-esteem are not the same. Self-esteem refers to general feelings about yourself; confidence refers to your belief and feel in that you can perform a task successfully.” Hank Weisenger, Famous psychologist, writer and corporate adviser. Link to source

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My takeaway from this valuable insight from Psychologist Weisenger? Confidence is in relation to getting a job done. So, how do you develop strong confidence? There is only one way. Find out what you must do to complete the job successfully, Then, work hard to develop the required level of competence. Only then will genuine confidence begin to emerge. As the famous golfer Ben Hogan apparently said: “The secret is in the dirt”.

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Self-esteem alone will not enable anyone to fly a Jumbo Jet from London to New York. Confidence to fly across the Atlantic only comes from rigorous training and lots of hard work. There is no short cut to genuine competence which leads to genuine confidence.

Food for Thought: The Centre Cannot Hold

Why is there a feeling that things are falling apart in these uncertain times? Do we sense that anarchy is increasingly eroding law and order? What has happened to ethics? Is there a centre that is falling apart? What is that centre? What is your centre? What is my centre?

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“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

Opening to The Second Coming – W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

Open your doors to Christ – a message from the writing of Pope Emeritus Joseph Ratzinger

Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ—and you will find true life. Amen

Pope Emeritus Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) at the start of his pontificate

Sincere Apology: My earlier post referred to Pope Emeritus Joseph Ratzinger as “late”. This in incorrect.

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Food for Thought: Truth and Love

Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy. Warren W. Wiersbe

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The Salutation of the Dawn

No, this is not a recently discovered painting by Turner! It is a photo taken by our friend, artist Professor Estelle Marais. The picture is of sunrise over the harbour in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on 7 June 2020.

Silhouetted against the rising sun is a harbour crane, affectionately described by Estelle as “The Harbour Giraffe walking into the sun this morning”.

Estelle always finds the welcoming dawn encouraging and inspiring.

This wonderful photograph is a powerful reminder of Kalidasa’s greatly loved poem “Look to this Day”:

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Look To This Day

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!

Thank you Kalidasa and Estelle

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Intellectual Honesty

“Intellectual honesty consists in stating the precise conditions under which one will give up one’s belief. …”

Imre Lakatos

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Take Away One.

In an argument when your opponent is adamant that they are right ask them: What evidence would convince you to change your mind?

Take Away Two.

Ask yourself the same question before you yourself pontificate about some topic!

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Material Possessions in Perspective

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They say the Lion and the Lizard keep
The Courts where Jamshýd gloried and drank deep:
And Bahrám, that great Hunter–the Wild Ass
Stamps o’er his Head, but cannot break his Sleep
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald

Something to think about.

CHURCHILL and COVID19

What would Sir Winston Churchill have said about the Health Workers worldwide if he were alive today? 

 

Perhaps the following?

 

“The gratitude of every home in the world goes out to all health workers worldwide, who undaunted by the odds, unweakened by their constant challenge and mortal danger, are fighting to turn the tide of the Covid19 pandemic, by their prowess and devotion and by their compassionate care for all its victims”.

(Based on Churchill’s speech in the House of Commons on 20 August 1940. Churchill was praising the heroic role being played by the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain in August 1940, during the Second World War.

 

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