Monthly Archives: June 2011

posticon Guru Addiction by John Cali

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Have you ever known anyone who unthinkingly and slavishly follows a particular teacher?

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It doesn’t even have to be a single individual. It could be an organization, a religion, a political party, etc. A common characteristic here is the follower’s belief that everyone who believes differently is wrong. I know, because I grew up in a church that taught exactly that.

Sometimes the guru, whether it be one individual or an organization, pressures followers into this wrong-headed thinking. A good modern-day example of that is James Arthur Ray, the guru who’s been charged with manslaughter in the deaths of three people in one of his sweat lodges.… Read more

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posticon The Power of One by John Cali

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This is a true story. It happened November 25, 1854 on the shores of Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes on the US-Canadian border.

The Lake Erie Quadrangle is a 2,500-square-mile area in the central part of the lake. The Quadrangle has seen over 400 shipwrecks. Compare that to the infamous Bermuda Triangle with 14,000 square miles and only 110 or so shipwrecks.… Read more

posticon Success and Happiness by John Cali

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I was reading an article the other day by a well-known and successful businesswoman. She’s not only wildly successful but also a great writer. I thoroughly enjoyed the article.

But at the end of it, the author said something that really caught my attention. She said we must choose either success or happiness. But we cannot have both. She was clearly successful but, obviously, unhappy.… Read more

posticon Leaves Blowing in the Wind by John Cali

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For whatever reason, quite a few folks I’ve spoken with lately are struggling with “bad” choices some of their loved ones are making. They’re also often struggling with other people’s opinions, especially if those opinions differ from their own.

I love this Dale Carnegie quotation:

“Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.”… Read more