Stop Being The Victim! Scams – most of us have been scammed. You might prefer swindled, cheated or betrayed. It has happened to the majority of us at one point or another in our lives. These episodes usually involve a close friend, relative, a lover, a neighbourhood con artist or even a fraudulent pastor. Yes, you read correctly – pastor, minister of religion. Scammers. That is a word that my writing assistant does not recognise. So the red squiggly line appears beneath, screaming “warning, incorrect spelling or no such word
Do We Live In A Cave? Two years ago, wanting to refresh my memory about Plato’s “The Allegory of The Cave,” I re-read some scholarly articles on the work. One that I came across was actually a professorial assignment. Students were asked to write an essay responding to the question whether the work remains relevant today. The professor wrote: “In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, he describes a world where prisoners live chained in a cave. The puppeteers cast shadows on the wall and these shadows construct reality for the
Having The Competitive Edge So, answer the question: are you cutthroat competitive? The win at all cost type of person? Whether it is in business or love, you are the type who believes that unless the other’s blood is on the ground the battle is not over. Years ago, in one of my many desperate attempts at being an entrepreneur, I became involved in the herbal supplement industry. Relevant here is not the fact that selling is not my cup of tea. The gem of this story is the look
You Just Have To Take The Needle “There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise, you’ll never understand what it’s saying.” ― Sarah Dessen This might come as a shock to some of you but I hate going to doctors and dentists. Strange eh? Especially for someone who took such comfort in being a hospital Chaplain! My resistance to seeing any of these professionals has much to do with a terrible
Winning Big “It is to our own detriment that we underestimate the might of small and simple things.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich For the longest while, I religiously bought lottery tickets. It was the only form of gambling I participated in. However, it never yielded me more than $20 each time I won. Although it has been awhile, from time to time I still purchase a ticket. The notepad that holds my plans for my big win, however, has long been discarded. Who would get what was carefully written down.
Hurricane Katrina Revisited Wanting to live peacefully and without conflict, many shy away from politics and even religion. Admittedly that this is a tempting prospect. However, being a citizen of this world for over 50 years now, I know it is impossible to totally avoid both subjects, especially conversations about God. Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, in another of his books – the name of which escapes me now – suggests that we cannot separate our religious, spiritual and political lives. We are impacting the community with
More Than Just Words That We Forget In a servant leadership culture we learn by choice or example that if we want to be great, we have to serve others respectfully.” ― Vern Dosch Before you get turned off thinking that this is a political post, let me tell you two things. It is not. However, all my posts are in some way political. Politics is very much part of my make up. Just as being professional is, likewise pastoral. These form part of what I have described in a
More Than Needed “Greed: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.” Okay, let us be honest. We all would be pretty stoked if we got extra money or extra clothes or more jewelry, right? Of course. It is very natural for us to get excited when we have more than we need. We all want to be comfortable and have wiggle room to buy that new couch or move into that gorgeous loft downtown. But are we greedy based on that? No. Phew!