Are you a prisoner?

Is there a person who you constantly and obsessively want to please? Take care. You may have become their prisoner.

Photo: Hasan Almasi

Theology: A Very Sensible Box

Do we trust God and at the same time have many unanswered questions about Him and how He works? Leslie Weatherhead offers us some very sensible advice: Leave those questions in a box marked: “Awaiting Further Light.”

Sensible advice indeed, for “now we see through a glass darkly….” (1 Cor. 13,12)

The late Leslie D Weatherhead C.B.E. M. A. PhD. D. Litt. D. D. was Minister at the City Temple, London. He was President of the Methodist Conference and Hon. Chaplain to Her late Majesty’s Forces .He is the author of many books including “The Christian Agnostic”, where the above advise is recorded.

Danger: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Don’t judge a Statute by a fair sounding name given to it by the body that enacts it. This is because the name of a Statute may be no more than a statement of intent designed to get public approval. The choice of name may be a ploy to conceal a hidden agenda. Don’t be fooled. The name could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rather judge the Statute by the results it produces. Results are all that count.

Dangerous cliffs

Stepping outside your area of expertise is as dangerous as stepping off a cliff.

The metaphor is from Dr. Thomas Sowell

Aesop in Africa: The Danger of Envy

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The Dove and the Zebra

Deep in the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa a Zebra heard a dove calling. It was the sweetest sound the Zebra had ever heard. He wished his voice was as beautiful. The Zebra demanded that the dove tell him what the food was she ate that gave her such a beautiful voice. The dove replied, “The only food I have is the dew on the grass in the early morning.” From that moment on the Zebra drank only dew. Not long after, the Zebra died of hunger.

The Lesson: Envy of the unattainable can be fatal.

Based on an Aesop Fable

Are the majority always right?

If, in a referendum, the majority vote that 2+2=5 this does no make 5 the correct answer.

Inspired by Socrates’s reply to Melesias in “Laches, or Courage” by Plato

Doormats and Long Term Goals

This magnificent rocket knows where it is going. Do you?

Are you clear in your mind about your long term goals? If you are not, you will end up working on someone else’s goals. If you don’t plan to go somewhere you will end up nowhere. Get clear about your long term goals – now.

It’s the secret to not continuing to be a doormat.*

  • The doormat idea is from Jordan Peterson

The Dangers of being too Agreeable

Grave dangers await people who are too agreeable. One danger is that in negotiations they will end up arguing the opponent’s case better than their own. Another danger is that agreeable people may be tempted to pursue “Peace at all costs”. This can end with those agreeable people paying most of the costs. Not a good outcome!

How to Handle Anxiety

Your anxiety may stem from not having enough information about what is worrying you.

So, next time you are very anxious about something, make a conscious decision to stop worrying and instead concentrate on finding out more information.

As my late grandfather apparently used to say: “The greatest tragedies exist in the imagination”.