It is an interesting truth: we become what we worship. That is to say, we emulate—or become like—the people (and things) we most admire. To understand this concept, we have to understand the origins of the word worship. The word worship comes from the Old English worðscip or wurðscip —or worthship—meaning "condition of being worthy, dignity, glory, distinction, honor, renown." To worship … Continue reading We Become What We Worship
The burden you carry is partly because in our culture we view ourselves as separate individuals. So we think a lot about how we're doing—how we feel about ourselves. You don't need to do that. Let go of that. Because, in fact, we are not separate individuals but interconnected with each other.
Whenever I'm feeling discouraged, I'm reminded of a true story from the American Revolutionary War. To me, this story is a testament of the power of persistence in the most difficult of circumstances. In January of 1776, the American cause was on the brink of ruin. In fact, things were so bad that General Washington (who rarely ever allowed himself … Continue reading Don’t Give Up. The Cannons Are Coming…
In my struggles with chronic depression, inspirational and uplifting music has been one of the keys to good health—and for good reason. A group of researchers at McGill University found that "Music boosts the body's immune system and is more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety." With that in mind, here are thirty songs (and/or albums) that … Continue reading 30 Songs That Help Fight My Depression
We overcome the mountains in our lives by fighting our way onward and upward, not by floating downstream.
This may be the best TED talk I've ever heard—and that's not an exaggeration... Between 1995-1997, Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, had an affair with President Bill Clinton. When the relationship became public, Monica Lewinsky was made the center of a political scandal that rocked the United States. Some people have very negative opinions about Monica Lewinsky, but given the potency … Continue reading Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk and The Scarlet Letter
"Music has the ability to reach someone's soul." -Jhonny K Although I've never seen Him, I firmly believe that God exists. For me, one of the most compelling evidences for divinity is music. There is something about music that seems to transcend mortality; it expresses the inexpressible. And I have long held the belief that God … Continue reading Music That Can Heal the Depressed Heart
It's amazing how paintings and poems can speak to our hearts. I recently read the poem "Ithaka" by C. P. Cavafy and was struck by the symbolic meaning of "Ithaka." For those of you who are unfamiliar with the word, Ithaka is the home of the legendary Odysseus, the hero of the Odyssey. Throughout the … Continue reading The Journey Home
Today's episode of Keep Moving Forward was inspired by the biography of Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson. Franklin once said that to serve man is to serve God—and it's so true! But this timeless truth goes even deeper than that, because I've learned that as we labor to lift other people, we also lift ourselves...