Humility, Writing

Talented vs. Delusional: The Conundrum of an Indie Artist

A few years after I started writing, encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive feedback, I submitted my work for publication.  A quick Google search will demonstrate that my attempts have yielded, to date, one publishing deal.  I took the publishers’ lack of interest as my writing being unworthy of being published.  Of course, that is not… Read More Talented vs. Delusional: The Conundrum of an Indie Artist

Personal Development, Selflessness

How the Selfish and the Selfless can Enter into an Unhealthy Relationship

I mentioned before that there are probably more good people in this world than bad ones.  This is a completely unscientific statement, but I wouldn’t be surprise if a survey determined that, indeed, more people are prone to performing a kind deed rather than a bad one.  How, then, can’t this majority of good people… Read More How the Selfish and the Selfless can Enter into an Unhealthy Relationship

Community Building, Unity, Virtues

Building Understanding in an Increasingly Multicultural World

The topic of building understanding has been touched upon a couple of times on this blog (here, here, and here).  But while it’s easy to agree on the importance of building understanding, it’s not as easy to come up with ways to do it. Big Questions, Simple Answers, Complex Requirements Oftentimes, the answer to such… Read More Building Understanding in an Increasingly Multicultural World

Community Building, Justice

Differences in Opinion: Let’s Stop Oppressing One Another

A lot of people have problems with religion.  It’s to the point that I often feel that, as a religious person, I can’t talk about what I really believe in for fear of being labelled.  I have been called a fanatic.  I have been told that I can’t think for myself and that’s why I… Read More Differences in Opinion: Let’s Stop Oppressing One Another

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Love, Virtues

What’s Love Got To Do With It? The Importance Of Love In Community-Building

Learning is essential for both personal development and the building of a community.  But it’s easier said than done.  When, for example, one has spent a lot of time and poured a lot of energy into one’s education, it can be quite a blow to hear that one might be wrong.  Similarly, when one identifies… Read More What’s Love Got To Do With It? The Importance Of Love In Community-Building

Family, Happiness, Marriage, Parenting

Strengthening a Marriage Through the Common Experience of Raising Children

I recently wrote about how I didn’t think marital happiness and raising children were, despite what some might say, mutually exclusive.  But my husband and I had seen how some of our friends’ marriage suffered after having children, and so we decided to do research and take preventative measures to make sure it wouldn’t happen… Read More Strengthening a Marriage Through the Common Experience of Raising Children

Happiness, Virtues

Money and Happiness: The Confounding Factor, Part II

Extreme ways of thinking often cause us to dig ourselves into a very deep hole.  I’ve done that myself quite a number of times, ending up in some very uncomfortable places.  I do hope that my hole-digging days are over, but then again, just like you, I’m an imperfect human being—so hopefully there are going… Read More Money and Happiness: The Confounding Factor, Part II

Family, Parenting, Patience, Virtues

Allowing Frustration to Touch You, Your Partner, and Your Children

We tend to shy away from frustration.  Anything that bothers us, we avoid.  I think that, to a certain extent, that’s OK—I mean, why would I purposefully choose to get into the longest line at the grocery store?  But there are situations in which frustration is just a part of life and should be something… Read More Allowing Frustration to Touch You, Your Partner, and Your Children