Saturday, March 1, 2008

Ship's log - March, 2008

Change – not what it used to be
Change happens, but we can choose how we react to it
We may have very little control over many things that happen in our lives, but we always have a say in how we will react to it. How we react is based on many things (upbringing, education, and so on) which we cannot change but also on others (perception, awareness, attitude, self-esteem, skill and so on) which we can.

We also make changes happen
In his book, ‘The 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem’, Nathaniel Branden convinces us that if we can bring just 5% more awareness to our lives we can make profound changes. I believe even less is necessary. Think of two ships sailing on parallel courses and one captain decides to make a change of course and diverges by 1 degree. The two ships will seem to remain on parallel courses for a while but before long they will diverge so much they will lose sight of each other. They will have different voyages and of course they will eventually arrive at completely different destinations.
Here I will share with you the philosophy, ideas and insights that prompted me to make those little one-degree course changes in my life and which may help you too.

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Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)

Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)
Kiyomizudera Temple has a large veranda looking out over Kyoto and beyond