Capturing Opportunities

Anonymous I have found there are always opportunities in life, there for the taking.  The only difference is that in some time periods there are more opportunities than in others.  The question is, when opportunities come along, will I be able to recognize them, and take advantage of them?  Usually not, but I can change that. This is my fish story about the one that got away.  One fine afternoon I went to a rock show, looking for geodes my girls could crack open- black volcanic hollow ...
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Cognitive versus Spiritual Therapy

Anonymous In my life I have recognized my own mental dysfunctions and have sought various therapies, both academic and spiritual, to help me overcome them. In this article, I look at both approaches. Academic Research As I reviewed academic research, two cognitive therapies really resonated. The first was from M.E.P. Seligman, Learned Optimism. Summarized, outlook is important because pessimists tend to be less happy, productive, successful and healthy than optimists. The optimistic ...
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How Can I Decide Without Knowing the Outcome?

By: Marci M When I was in 8th grade, I accidentally won a full scholarship to a private high school. It happened like this: my parents always told me that standardized test-taking is a skill in itself, so I should practice any chance I got. One day I learned that a small private high school in my hometown was offering a scholarship competition for anyone who wanted to spend two consecutive Saturdays taking standardized tests from 8 am – 5 pm. Gee, I wanted to find out if I could think that lo...
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How Can God Help Me Make a Good Decision About Marriage?

By Russell D. My first wife passed away while I was still in my 50's. We were fortunate enough to have time to discuss our lives after she was gone. She encouraged me to remarry. After a few years of grieving, I wondered if I should and if so when. After study and thought, and making a decision that the answer was yes and I would know when it was time, it became clear that the decision was correct. Then I met a genuine lady and we started to date. We discussed marriage, but was this the corre...
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How Does God Bless Our Military and Their Families?

By Kimberlee F. Being an Air Force wife, I don't have much control when it comes to my future. I usually don't know when, how, or where we are going next until right before it happens. I often feel my life is being held by a string as if I were a puppet, not knowing where the master's hand will move me next, or even what he will move next. Things have a way of happening at the least of convenience. It has not been easy, by any means, but I have found a way to have joy and fulfillment in it. ...
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