Life is good. Life is bad. Either way, you’re right.

How do you see life? Do you look at it as a series of struggles to overcome? Or do you view life with wonder and focus on the small and big moments that bring you joy and passion and love.  It’s funny how our frame of mind shapes our world, how when we expect bad [Read More…]

“Dear God, I’m doing the best I can.” (Remembering Huston Smith)

Perhaps the great religious scholar of our time died last week in Berkeley, California. His name was Huston Smith and he lived until the age of 97. I know Smith primarily through the book The World’s Religions. Originally titled The Religions of Man, it has sold over 3 million copies since it was first published [Read More…]

6o-Second Inspiration: The Prayer of Thanks.

The official day of “thanks” is now upon us and there’s no better time to add a prayer to your spiritual practice that can benefit you each and every day of the year. I call it the Prayer of Thanks and use it each morning to get my day off to the best possible start. For [Read More…]

How to Become a Minister in the Church of Everyday Life.

You’re invited to join a church that’s unlike any other. It doesn’t have a set of rituals,  a holy book or even a physical address. It has no hierarchy either, because each congregation consists of only one member: You. I’m calling it the Church of Everyday Life. I got the idea from the late businessman and [Read More…]

60-Second Inspiration: The secret to a happy, contented life.

To get love, you’ve got to give love. [Read more…]

What Thomas Edison sees when he sees God.

How do you picture God? I was raised in a Catholic family and attended weekly Catechism classes for years. As a youth and young man, I pictured God as an elderly man with a long beard. He sat on a throne in the clouds, draped in bed sheets, watching over the Earth. It was not [Read More…]

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Mother Teresa—on why loving your family is the most important thing you can do.

I was recently reading one of my favorite life philosophy books, when author John Templeton asked a question that stopped me in my tracks: Was the Earth a better place because you were born? Wow, that’s a tough ask, isn’t it? For some context, Templeton credits this line to an old American Indian myth. When [Read More…]

The Bible Passage more potent than the Law of Attraction.

What is the key to getting more success and happiness out of life? If you believe in the Law of Attraction, you might trust the maxim that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on the positive you can attract the positive. Believe you’re going to land that job, win that contest, find the ideal [Read More…]

Are you happy? Maybe it’s more important to be content.

If you had the choice, would you rather be happy or content? I’ve written about happiness several times on these pages, but it recently dawned on me that there’s a subtle difference between the two words. While the dictionary definitions of happy and content are fairly similar, for me happiness is best represented by this image: [Read More…]

Let’s put Santa back into Christmas.

It’s that time of year again—the time when many Christians begin whining that the true meaning of Christmas is being lost. “Let’s put Christ back into Christmas!” shouts the sign at the Knights of Columbus hall down the street from me. But I’d like to propose that what we really need this Christmas is a [Read More…]