Happy Herald - From The Heart https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8511-1-from-the-heart.html <![CDATA[Intelligent Programming]]> While in Japan I met an American woman who had been living in that country for 20 years. I asked her how long it had taken her to learn the Japanese language. “A couple of years,” she answered. “But I still don’t understand everything. Just the things that interest me.]]> <![CDATA[From Cheesy Relationships to a Gourmet Banquet ]]> In the early 1900’s a European man named Frederic had a dream to travel to the United States. At that time, air travel had not been developed, so he booked passage on an ocean liner. Such a trip required all of his savings, but it was worth it. ]]> <![CDATA[What Will You Do with Your Life Now? ]]> As the pandemic recedes, we are all looking forward to reclaiming something like the life we once knew. But could one of the purposes of the pandemic be to direct us to a life better than the one we knew? While many people hope the world returns to normal, that could be the worst of our new choices]]> <![CDATA[Are You Ready to Take off Your Mask?]]> As I was checking out of a grocery store, I asked the clerk if she was looking forward to removing her mask when our state releases its mask requirement soon. “I’ve kind of gotten used to it,” she replied. “I might keep wearing it even after I don’t have to.” ]]> <![CDATA[How to Get Out of a Coma ]]> I was honored to meet Morton Lauridsen, a genius musician considered by many to be the world’s greatest living composer of choral music. He is widely respected for his stirring opus, “Lux Aeterna” (“Eternal Light”). Morton told me that one of his dear friends, a conductor who often conducts Lauridsen’s compositions, fell into a coma.]]> <![CDATA[Why the Holidays Don’t Matter]]> For the many years I’ve been writing this column, I conclude each year with an inspirational message about the importance of the holidays. This year I would like to take a different approach. I would like to suggest that the holidays don’t really matter and there is nothing you really need to do about them.]]> <![CDATA[How to Get Paid Big Time for Your Creations ]]> Creativity brings life and rewards you on all levels. You can assess your mental and emotional health by the degree of creativity in which you are engaged. Are you expanding and growing? Are you launching into uncharted territory?]]> <![CDATA[Identity Theft]]> As I read my credit card statement, my eyes bulged. I was being billed for two $5,000 cash advances I had not taken. Then there was a clothing shopping spree in Dallas. Someone had stolen my credit card information and went to town on it.]]> <![CDATA[Remember What’s Important]]> We had light hearts, laughed often, expressed ourselves honestly, and gravitated to people we loved. Then we were trained in what is important instead, and our lights began to dim. At some point we begin to recognize that what we were told is important, is not, and what we know is important, is.]]> <![CDATA[The Grace Factor]]> Miracles and well-being are our natural state, given freely without limit forever. Only the human mind lays bounds over the good available to us. It is not God’s Grace we need to beg for. It is our own. And we don’t need to beg. We just need to claim it.]]> <![CDATA[How to Get into the In Crowd]]> In high school I looked up to my classmate Rick Brown, the quintessential cool guy. He was the good-looking captain of the football team and president of the student council. He had a cheerleader homecoming queen girlfriend and was liked by everyone. I envied Rick because he was at the epicenter of the in crowd, and I saw myself as a distant outsider. ]]> <![CDATA[Where to Find the Love of Your Life]]> After many years of coaching and leading seminars, I have discovered two areas that most people ask about most frequently: prosperity and relationships. Most people are looking for their love mate, or, if they have one, are seeking a better connection.]]> <![CDATA[Clear Vision in 2020]]> I was standing at the counter of a snack bar at a children’s zoo when a customer became quite nasty with the server. A part of his order had not been delivered correctly, and he made quite a stink.]]> <![CDATA[What It’s Really For]]> As I chatted with Tom, a fellow in line behind me, I remembered I had a membership to the rental company’s express club. “If I go to the express desk on the lower level, maybe they’ll expedite my rental,” I thought out loud. Tom told me, “Go ahead – I’ll hold your place.]]> <![CDATA[How I Flunked the Science Fair but Saved the World]]> In the ninth grade I did a project for the city science fair. It was about photosynthesis. I set up a little lab in my bedroom with colored lights on African Violets. I had no idea what I was doing and I learned nothing. I would have rather been playing baseball.]]> <![CDATA[Love without Labels]]> When one of my coaching clients complained to her doctor that she was depressed, he diagnosed her as having a personality disorder and referred her to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist told her she did not at all have a personality disorder; she was just depressed.]]> <![CDATA[The Witch Doctor’s Secret]]> In rural West Bengal, India, many people harbor the strange belief that if they have been bitten by a dog, they have become pregnant with its puppies. The fearful victims run to a witch doctor, who administers yogurt and herbs and tells them they are no longer pregnant.]]> <![CDATA[Why Hope is Trustworthy]]> My coaching client Sara had agreed to a business dinner with a fellow she found quite difficult to work with after she made the appointment. Now, the morning before the dinner, she was looking for a way to get out of it. “When I went to the store this morning, my car had trouble starting,” she told me.]]> <![CDATA[Where to Get More Love]]> We have consistently been taught that what we need is out there somewhere, and our task is to import it. This quest applies to material objects like cars and flat-screen TV’s, as well as spiritual experiences like love from a romantic partner or salvation from a savior.]]> <![CDATA[Fear is the Liar]]> I recently watched a touching documentary, “Tea with the Dames,” an intimate chat between four legendary British actresses – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins – who have all been knighted. I found it a treat to momentarily peek into the lives of four esteemed thespians.]]>