Sarah, leaned over my way and whispered, “I am so envious I cannot hardly stand it.” I didn’t know what to think. Envious? Envious of what? Then I understood. She was envious of the acclaim the organization was receiving. She craved approval and validation. That organization had it. She wanted what they had for herself. … Read moreHow envy eats away at your net worth
When I was headmaster of a private school, back in the earlier days of my career, I used to engage in the fruitless task of semi-annual performance appraisals. (I have long since abandoned this management task). I would list four levels of development and competence which I had made into a chart. The lowest level … Read moreIf you want to be happy for the rest of your life: What Dirty Harry has to say about it.
Some of us remember Mad Magazine (actually it is still in publication after 60 years) and its resident mascot Alfred E. Newman. He is most famous for his “What, me worry?” line, but he had another epithet that is less well-known but revealing nonetheless. He said: “Most people don’t know what they want, but they’re … Read moreHow to be happy for the rest of your life – contentment
“Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound … Read moreIf you want to be happy for the rest of your life – part 4 – play the cards you are dealt
I knew going in it would be a tough task and most likely fail, but it was worth a shot and there were some good people in the congregation. It was a group that had split off from another church in the area when their pastor found his true love in the arms of someone … Read moreIf you want to be happy for the rest of your life – Declare a no-gripe month