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Dear Reader,

View this page as a place where you and I can have a conversation on subjects that are meaningful to both of us. On a regular basis I plan to post a topic or question on my mind which I encourage you to respond to (see below).

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Archive for September, 2006

A New Chance

Monday, September 25th, 2006

I was reading a recent article about a young woman who has received a bionic arm which allows her to control parts of the device by her thoughts alone and directs her arm to do what she wants, such as to peel a banana. The woman lost her left arm at the shoulder in a motorcycle accident, and the new device works by detecting the movements of a chest muscle that has been rewired to the stumps of nerves that once went to her now-missing limb.
Reading this article, I was thinking about the wondrous things that human beings are capable of, such as creating this bionic arm which helps this woman achieve a new, better quality life. I ask myself what if we could direct all our energy into wonderful projects like these which help mankind, rather than engaging in war which only tends to destroy and not build anything good. I was thinking, too, of all the American soldiers and Iraqi people who have lost limbs by car bombs and fighting there, and all the work being put into building protheses that will help these victims regain some control over their lives, and how these protheses, created in response to the ravages of war, represents such important work to help people.
Why can’t we use all our energy to build a better world, rather than to continue waging war? When will we ever use all our capacity to do good, rather than evil?
What are your own thoughts? Share them with us.

Messages of Hope and Courage and Striving

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

With the opening of the new school year, I was thinking that if you have a child one of the most caring things you could do for her or him would be to slip a note into their backpack which they could discover at school that would offer them words of encouragement and love. Think back to the time you were a kid and how you might felt if on one of those lonely first days of school you discovered a note from a parent or grandparent telling you how much they loved you and were thinking of you this day while you were away from them. Wouldn’t such a note have made your life happier and easier and even safer? You don’t have to be Shakespeare to write the lunch box letter words ”I love you” or “I’m thinking of you with all my heart.” Just write what you feel deeply, and that’ll be enough for the child in your life.
Share with us: Did you ever receive such a loving note when you were young? How did it change how you felt?
Agassi’s Motivating Words
Tennis great Andre Agassi said something very profound in losing his last professional game at the United States Open. Doing his best despite great pain in his back and being cheered for all the heart he put into his last game, he said about the match and his career, ”It was always about getting the most out of myself for as long as possible…My motivation was just wanting it to be on my terms. I didn’t know I would be able to get back to the top. I knew that I would try to get the most out of myself every day, from that day forward. That was my commitment. That never stopped.”
Those are words I take closely to my own heart; I have always believed that we need to always try our best and not give up until we achieve our end or come as close as possible — despite all the discouragement we may get along the way from those who tell us how foolish we are to have such dreams. For me, the key principle has been to never accept ”no” as an answer — ”no” is the closing of a door. For, what else is life but a series of goals and dreams and strivings to realize them?
What do you think about Agassi’s words? What are your own words that reflect the way your embrace life? Please share with us.