The sun can shine on a field all day long and warm it while it's rays are scattered. To start a fire, all you need is a magnifying glass, which will focus the sun's rays. Keep them focused for a while, and see the true power of the sun before you. This power is so far away from use, that to get a better glimpse of what it is we must focus that power. Having a goal, or a purpose in your life will do the same for the power within you. Especially if the purpose is much bigger than you are, and longer lasting! If you have no purpose, you are bored, and need to be entertained almost constantly. If you have a purpose, you need entertainment only occasionally, because your purpose and your progress in it, entertains you. Think about it, couch potatoes have no reason to live, no reason to give. It is a sad waste of tremendous power and potential.
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Obstacles, One Way to View Them True story that I need to read too often, because it is too easy for me to forget what it taught me. The best way to get through obstacles is to ... get through them.
What Makes A Quality Carpenter? How important are the tools with which we surround ourselves? Should we worship the tools, or the 'means' if we have no 'end' which we are trying to achieve?
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Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl Read what this psychologist learned while in Nazi death camps about people, when they truly had lost everything. What he observed was awful, what he learned, and passes on to us, is powerful!
The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How To Be One, by Peter B. Kyne If self-pity is tempting for you, here is a story about someone who didn't go down that path. If you want to read about persistence, here's the book for you! Wow!
Psycho-Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz Did you know that an air-to-air missile is off-target 100% of the time while enroute to its target? Sounds like me! Yet it strikes the target almost all the time. It's not being off-target that is the issue, it's what you do when you find out you are off-target that matters! Read this to find out how and why!
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey The best book anywhere on how to change for the better, and why it is a good idea to even try to be more than you are now. This book organizes your thoughts and efforts in a wonderfully simple way. This makes sense, and was a big help!
Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments The world is a mess, but find personal meaning anyway!
The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren Once you realize why you are here, and take on the task for which you have been designed, everything changes for the better AND you realize it!
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Dr. Laura This talk show host is CONSISTENT. In every situation she is asked about, you can count on several things, but most of all, she puts the needs of the children first, before the needs of the adults in the child's life. She has several books out as well. I respect her consistency.
Once you have something inside to give, then you can give these things to others. In that case, you are ready to visit the resources listed for interdependence.