Elvis, Fame & Fortune

Yesterday, I watched a program called "The Last Days Of Elvis". It seems that he had an addictive personality, was hopelessly hooked on a wide variety of drugs, ate incessantly, and was totally fed up with being Elvis. He was also terribly insecure. Bob Dylan once said that people don't value their anonymity enough. In other words, there is enormous value in being able to walk into a crowd and have nòbody know who you are. It seems that once you have lost that, you can never have it back. And that's when you really miss it and find yourself "trapped" in your òwn celebrity status.

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Helping Another With Critical Illness

Some years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and had to go in for emergency surgery. The cancer was happily not of a fatal nature and, despite an operation that unexpectedly took her to then point of death, she survived and recovered fully. However, this situation brought to light matters that you need to consider carefully. You see, prior to this revelation, nobody in our family had ever suffered from cancer before. Indeed, we had come to think of ourselves as "immune"; a problem that affects other people, but will never touch us. Now we know better.

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The Conspiracy Of Terror

Are you afraid of a terrorist atrocity somewhere near you? Do you think the world is a more dangerous place since 9/11? After all, every day we see new kidnappings, videos of masked men standing over hostages with a timeline for execution, horrific bomb incidents across the planet, and more. The world seems to be a darker place, and our governments struggle heroically on our behalf to combat this seemingly endless menace. But is all this really so? Is this the objective truth?

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The Benefits & Dangers Of Spiritual Communities

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Being involved with a spiritual group has many tremendous benefits over going it alone, but it can also have many pitfalls. On the one hand, you have the benefit of interacting with people of like mind to your own. However, on the other hand, you have the many frustrations and challenges that come with participating in a group of diverse individuals, each with a separate opinion of what constitutes a correct approach to the spiritual path.

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Selling Yourself – A Core Life Skill

One of the most important skills you can ever develop is the ability to sell. You are required to sell yourself all the time. You do it when you apply for a job or a pay rise. You have to sell yourself to your potential love partner. When you go to the bank to apply for a loan, you are selling yourself there. To get other people to agree with you, you have to sell your ideas. Even if you want to do something creative and arty, you ultimately have to sell people on liking it. It's not much fun admiring your masterpiece all by yourself.

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