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What Do You Want In Life?

BT MICHAEL REISIG – How about I start this column with a simple question: “What do you want most in life?” If you don’t know what you want in life, you’re going to have a really tough time finding it. It’s the equivalent of an Easter egg hunt with no Easter eggs. Some of the answers to the above question ...

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The Pursuit of Happiness

BY MICHAEL REISIG – I can hardly believe the number of people I run into who tell me how unhappy they are, here in America, the land of opportunity – the land of plenty – the land of “ if you don’t have something, just complain loud enough and we’ll give it to you.” Mostly this is because the new ...

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Procrastination

BY MICHAEL REISIG – I would have had this column done a lot earlier, but I accidently picked up a book a friend gave me, and before I knew it I’d lost a half-hour, and then I felt I should eat a little something, you know – to keep up my strength, and then, when I settled into my computer, ...

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Indifference, Ignorance, and Mayhem

BY MICHAEL REISIG – The nations on this planet are constantly in motion – like moons around a planet. Some are rising and some are declining. The elements that determine the momentum and transformation of societies are not always intellect, faith, or even compassion. Sometimes, at a certain point, one of the most influential elements becomes indifference. And sometimes indifference ...

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Kindness

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Kindness is a universal language – it doesn’t matter what race you are or what religion you adhere to, you are in tune with it. The blind can see it and the deaf can hear it. The concept of kindness is simply the act of offering a benevolence – nothing asked, nothing expected. But the strange ...

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Intellect and Intuition

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Intellect is one of the most coveted elements of the human psyche, yet for all our struggles to define it, and pigeonhole this fundamental necessity of mankind, it is still challenged by intuition, faith, and politically correct protocol. It is the Achilles’ heel of mankind, the new god of the intelligentsia, who have come to rely ...

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Passive Aggressive Behavior

BY MICHAEL REISIG – We often hear people use the term “passive-aggressive.” But I don’t think everyone understands the concept. My favorite internet definition of passive aggressive is: “Number 1: Being marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way (as through procrastination, pouting, and stubbornness). Or number 2: ...

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Cats, Dogs, and Children

BY MICHAEL REISIG – I spent the better part of my life as a confirmed bachelor. The first half of my life was too fast and complicated for “forever” romance. However, later I did find the girl of my dreams and we have been together ever since, but we never had any children. If I was to be perfectly honest, ...

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Judgment…

BY MICHAEL REISIG – I think it was Mark Twain that originally said, “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience, well, that comes from bad judgment.”  Everybody at some point in their lives (usually early on) has to check if the skillet is hot. In the same vein, almost all of us, at one time or another, have hastily cast ...

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Peace of Mind

BY MICHAEL REISIG – To me there are two kinds of peace of mind – to have within you the ability to subdue the challenges of life while surrounded by them (to simply remove yourself from the playing field for a few moments to find your equilibrium). Or to possess a small quiet place within you that is free from ...

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