How To Encourage Others (A VERY Moving Story!)

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Sister Helen P. Mrosla wrote this moving story years ago. It so moved me when I first read it that I’ve saved it for nearly a decade. Here’s my chance to share it with you, though I’ve shortened it a bit for time’s sake…He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary’s Schoo ...
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Teaching Toddlers About Attitude

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Every parent has struggled with a grouchy child.  The whining and crying can drive you crazy, not to mention the frustration of knowing that you’re being manipulated by someone one-fourth your size.  Here’s a technique to quickly transform that bratty child into one who’s smiling and laughin ...
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Having a PMA in the Face of Adversity

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There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter difficulties of all kinds, knowing that the testing of your faith develops endurance. And endurance, when it has had its full effect on you, will make you complete, so that you lack nothing (RPV*).” R ...
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Smile… You’re Being Hijacked!

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It was Monday morning, February 3, 1969, and Al was relieved to be leaving behind the frosty weather of New England for business in Miami. And since he was already going anyway, he decided to treat his family to the warmth of south Florida, too. Eastern Airlines was flourishing in those days, and F ...
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Megatudes Chapter Two: An Attitude of Vision

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Life is like a bicycle; it derives its stability from forward motion, and what is true of your life as a whole is also true of your career or business, as well. Like a spinning top that wobbles as it slows, a person who takes too much time to relax and rest will eventually feel life becoming more a ...
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Megatudes Chapter One: The Well of the Mind

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Happiness and success, the crown jewels of life, are universally sought for ourselves and envied in others.  But these twin gems are not bestowed by fate or luck.  They are not the result of happenstance.  They are not even a divine gift.  Rather, they are drawn from the well of each person’s ...
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Grand Illusions Chapter One: The Birth of a Psychological Illusion

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It was one of those rare, once or twice-in-a-lifetime epiphanies, a flash of insight that was – I would learn later – to become a hinge on which my adult life would turn.I was in my mid-thirties, and had been in the ministry or preparing for it since I was 16.I was the Senior Pastor of a robust, ...
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Chapter Two: The Terrible Beauty of an Illusion

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il·lu·sion ( -l zh n) noun. 1. An erroneous perception of reality. 2. An erroneous concept or belief. 3. The condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief.dis·illu·sion·ment (d s -l zh n m nt) noun. The act of freeing someone from an illusion, or the state of being freed therefrom ...
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Chapter Three: The Power of an Illusion

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The capacity of the human mind for self-deception is astounding.  Until we accept this fact, and consciously choose to look inward at our own personal belief systems (rather than attempting to identify the illusions that might plague friends, family and coworkers), there is little hope for positive ...
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Being Yourself: Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain!

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The classic fantasy movie, “The Wizard or Oz”, provides an interesting parallel to the progression through which our illusions eventually become reality. The well-known key characters in the movie are the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy, who were respectiv ...
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