Chapel of Optimal Life

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SERMON: Greed vs. Generosity

Greed is one of those sins that you can't see but the people around you can see it in you.

People are greedy for many things and many reasons but they all stem from one common thread, and that is the insatiable desire for more; just one more car, house, lover, million dollar deal, boat just one more of this or that.

Greed is the focus of our daily lives. We move from one activity to the next, constantly checking in with ourselves to see what we want. It is when this desire for more becomes all consuming, preventing us from seeing outside our own greed, that we must step back and re-examine ourselves. More...

EDITORIAL: Mental Illness: Mind vs Matter

There are always at least two sides to every story and it is no different when it comes to mental illness.

This particular issue pulls in both directions. Some share the view that depression and violent mood swings are experiences that people should be able to control; others share the view that mental illness is a disease and it is no different from diabetes or cancer - two seemingly polar opposite views.

From the perspective that mental illness is self-created, it is easy to agree that psychiatric conditions reflect weakness. Indeed, try saying to someone who is suffering from depression, "You are fine. There's nothing wrong with you. You are making the choice to be mentally unstable and depressed so take full responsibility for your state of mind. Be in control!" More...

OPINION: Wisdom Through Experience

It's a definite fact that practice, or perhaps it's experience, makes people much more sure of themselves - or - completely paranoid. In the case of parenting, experience turns those of us lucky enough to have multiple children into blasé -seen - it -all - cynics. Thus, these progressions:

When it comes to worries:

1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown, even a tiny burp--you pick up the baby and hold him until your insecurities are satisfied.

2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn and even your neighbors. More...

GOOD NEWS: Turkish Children

Turkish children like youngsters all around the world are usually smiling and beguiling.

Look at the little sweetie above. Look at those eyes. Look at that smile. And don't miss that gold earring gleaming in the midday sun.

Most people think of Turks as looking like the handsome man here below but he is an actor playing the part for tourists.

Turkey is at the Eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and for thousands of years traders and sailors from all over the Mediterranean, along with dozens of invading armies, have visited and mingled closely with the natives.

The results are world babies, all shades of skin and all shades of hair color, most of them handsome and affable people with handsome and irresistible children. More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 29

"My dear Rue Shadow," said the King, tilting his fine noble head so that the last of the candlelight seemed to set his ruby encrusted crown all ablaze.

"You and your siblings are almost of age. Soon you will be leaving Aspabibia. I fear that I shall miss you very, very much."

"Thank you, Father," Shadow replied. "And I shall miss you."

The King threw Shadow a wry smile. "In the meantime," he said firmly, "while you remain here in our King and Queendom, I trust that you will continue to set a fine example for the smaller ones"

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am at my wits end trying to deal with my three children. They are all very bright and have had years and years of probing me to learn what they can get away with. The oldest one (12) sasses me, challenging me to discipline her. The middle one (7) likes to cry and scream (and I mean cry and scream!) when he doesn't get his way and the youngest (4) is a sweet boy but challenging, always asking why, why, why.


"Short prayers reach heaven."


"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved."

William Jennings Bryant

"A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it."

John Ruskin

"The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress."

Philip Roth

"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"The only way to overcome is to hang in."

Dan O'Brien

"The disease with which the human mind now labors is want of faith."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Let my honor be without stain."


"Learn to do good, to be fair and to help the poor, the fatherless, and widows."

The Holy Bible

"Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do."

James H. Robinson

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