Category Archives: Purpose

Why seek wisdom from ordinary people?

What I learned from my wisdom project

Over the last two years, I interviewed nine women I admire as wise, all a generation older than I am, and asked them each twenty questions about relationships and life. Their responses deeply resonated with me and urged me on … Continue reading

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Rethinking aging

In our forties and fifties, most of us don’t want to think about aging. The topic makes us squirm. Aging happens to other people, not to us. Not yet anyway. There will be plenty of time to think about it—later. … Continue reading

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Search for wisdom, search for meaning

Viktor Frankl’s famous book, Man’s Search for Meaning, strikes me as fresh and stimulating, nearly 70 years after it was written. I missed it before because I thought it was a depressing story of the Nazi death camps. I didn’t … Continue reading

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How do you bounce back from failure?

Failure is not my favorite topic—nor yours, I’m sure. I told the story of one of my biggest failures in Chapter 14 of Warm Cup of Wisdom, and it’s still painful to read about it. I’d rather recall my successes. … Continue reading

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How do you emerge from dark places?

At one time or another, all people go through dark times, weighed down by negative thoughts, whether depressed, anxious, lonely, sorrowful, self-pitying, or judgmental. “Automatic negative thoughts” lodge in our brains and intensify. Destructive narratives swirl in our heads, insist … Continue reading

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Can Oprah teach us wisdom?

I had mixed feelings when I headed out last Friday night to attend Oprah Winfrey’s two-day event called “Live the Life You Want.” First, I respect Oprah for creating her own success and for using her TV talk show to … Continue reading

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Happiness and meaningfulness

I found this article fascinating. It’s based on work by Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist, during his time in a Nazi concentration camp. He worked with suicidal people and came to a deeper understanding of why some people survived the horrific … Continue reading

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