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The Archer Who Never Missed

When you end up in a place you didn't intend, do you get down on yourself and lament where you should be instead? Here's a beautiful story of how you, too, can always hit bullseye. And your life will blossom as you do so.
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The Telemarketer and Me – A Valuable Lesson

How many people do we run across that we cavalierly ignore? Janitors? Waitresses? Cab drivers? Bell hops? Lawn care workers? Each of these is a human being with their own cares and dreams. So, what happened with this particular telemarketer, and what do we have to learn from it?
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Deliberate Intent and the Journeys You Take

Think of your life as one long journey. You are born and, one day, you will die. In between, there are lots of smaller journeys that you take, and each is a diversion. What can happen if you ask yourself, “Is this a journey I want to take? Does it take me to a place where I want to spend time?”
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Cultivate Good Heart, Not Clever Mind

We have enough "clever minds". We need more "good hearts." The latter is more likely to make a lasting change in the world view of the donor that has a ripple effect on both the individual and society. You help because you can. The helping is its own reward. Any expectation detracts from the value of what you do. In this coming year do write out checks to worthy causes. But do, also, personally engage in some act of service. The life you change will be your own. Be a ‘good heart’. Not a ‘clever mind’.
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You Can Make Yourself Like Stuff That is Good For You!

Can you like arugula more than chocolate and a ten-mile run more than watching the latest Netflix thriller? There is much in your life that you now like and once hated. Most persons dislike coffee or single malt whiskey the first time they taste it. Ditto cigarettes and dark chocolate and wine. The liking comes later. So, if you want to train yourself to like – or even love – something that you currently don’t, here is how to go about it.

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