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Love

 

If you were seeking comfort, would you want the person offering it to accept you for who you were, or to offer a list of all the ways you need to change? When others come to you for support do you harp on all the reasons our world is screwed up or just offer to listen? At any given moment would you rather be encouraged or discouraged by the person you’re with? What if a better, more loving world is no farther away than individual acts of kindness? We like how Mother Teresa put it in this quote. Continue reading

Decisions

 

Ever felt like you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time? Was that a consequence of luck, fate, or something more significant? Ever felt wronged, snubbed, or pushed around? Did it leave you feeling like the world was out of control? Ever felt so hurt by someone it left you thinking the damage couldn’t be undone? Is that really the way the universe works? In truth, aren’t we ultimately the sum of all our decisions? And if so, then does any decision ever need to be complete in itself or forever unchangeable? When you blame others for your circumstances you give away your power and allow others to hold you hostage to it. When you truly come to understand the power in making decisions, you see no one else has more ability to change anything and everything about your life than you do. We like the way Steven Covey put it in this quote. Continue reading

Reality

 

What exactly do we mean by the word reality? How do we know what’s real and what isn’t? How do we determine what’s true or false? How do we know if we’re paying attention to the right things? How do our senses play into the equation? In the book Woe Man, author Bob Anderson writes on the topic of reality. We like the way he summed it here. Continue reading

Woe Man: A Book Review

 
Today our very own Bill West starts a new column to review books here on Javabird.com. Here’s his first entry.
 

I’m giving Woe Man 5 Stars and heartily recommend it.

 

Woe Man By Bob Anderson is available at Amazon.com.

The world turns on its head in Bob Anderson’s new novel Woe Man.

Woe Man is a blockbuster first novel by author Bob Anderson. It’s a science fiction techno-thriller that at first glance appears to be about a woman’s epic struggle over her past and how it shapes her view on God and life. However, as we sink deeper into the plot we soon discover there is a whole lot more going on—that the story isn’t so much about overcoming the past as it is about the incredible promise and risk of technology.
Woe Man is a fascinating read from beginning to end. The story thread kept my interest throughout and was undeniably entertaining. Some of the technical ideas and innovation bordered on amazing, yet almost all seemed feasible. The author also presented a variety of original and challenging ideas about human sexuality and identity that added tremendous depth to the plot line. Continue reading

Forgiveness

 

What harm in forgiving? What cost in refusing to let go? Have you ever felt wronged? Ever been snubbed? Do you embrace the slight and turn it into bitter pain or anguish? Do you hang on to it to play victim or secretly plan some ultimate vengeance? Instead, couldn’t you simply let go? We think Confucius had a great point about finding inner peace when he said: Continue reading

Gratitude

 
Do you ever wish for a different life? An easier relationship? A nicer car, boat, or house? If your wish was granted would your life automatically be better? Would you end up with fewer obligations? Would you have to work harder or longer to cover the costs? Would there be new costs or obligations you didn’t expect? Would you end up hurting someone along the way? Would you become a better, stronger, more fulfilled person for the change? How important is a having a sense of gratitude when it comes to wanting change? We think Socrates nailed it when he said… Continue reading

In The Face Of Darkness

 
What can you say of a person who is deaf, mute, and blind and still holds out hope for the future? In truth, aren’t the limits we place upon ourselves limits of the mind rather than limits of our senses? Optimism is a state of being. That means it is a choice to find the light of hope where others may see only darkness. We like how Helen Keller put it in this quote. Continue reading

Wisdom Of The Ages

 
How do you measure age? Should it be a simple calculation based on years? Would it be better to create a formula measured by life experiences? Why do some people seem older than their physical years? Why do some of the oldest people we run into have the brightest, most youthful spirit? Are the dreams of youth destined to fade into distant memories? Do the opportunities we let slip through our fingers become fuel for faster aging? We think John Barrymore made a great observation on aging when he said: Continue reading

Word Power

 
Is the pen truly mightier than the sword? Are you ever at a loss for words? Have you ever started talking and ended up going on and on? Have you ever wanted someone else to do less talking and more listening? We got a chuckle reading Josh Billings philosophy on words in this quote… Continue reading

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

 
How do you break the ice? How do you overcome an awkward moment? How do you repair the damage when a relationship goes south? When the chips are down a smile and a laugh go a long way toward bringing people together. We like how famed pianist and humorist Victor Borge put in this quote… Continue reading

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