Posts Tagged ‘security’

Something to Hold On to

July 3, 2012

In church this last Sunday, the minister used a colorful analogy. He noted that you wouldn’t dream of riding a roller-coaster without the safety bar in place. Then, no matter how high or how fast you travel, you will be secure and you won’t fall out.

He then explained that that safety bar is (more…)

Are You Dying of Thirst?

October 18, 2011

Are you unhappy with what you have or with where you are  in life, and feel like you deserve better because you played by the rules and did everything right? Well, if you’re referring to the unwritten rules that required you to work hard, buy a home, raise a family and build your retirement account, it’s unfortunately time for a reality check. While those activities are undeniably worth striving for, the “rules” that supported them have been rendered irrelevant by societal and financial upheaval. What are the new rules? There are none.

Here’s the good news: It was never about social status, job security and financial security to begin with. It was never about your intended results, it was always about (more…)

Let Go of the Coconut!

August 1, 2010


This monkey story is a great analogy for learning how to let go. It’s in the book, Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander.



In Asia there is a clever way of trapping monkeys that offers a helpful clue for getting out of a rut in the mind. A coconut, hollowed out and with a hole in one end, is filled with sweets and tied to a stake. The monkey comes along, smells the sweets, sticks its hand in and grabs a fistful. Though the hole is big enough for an open hand to get through, it’s too small for a fistful of sweets to get out. Even as the monkey hears the humans coming and starts to panic, it (more…)

Faith Alone Defends

July 21, 2010

When you are firmly anchored in God, you know that whatever you must face, you will not be facing it alone.

Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God, no matter what the danger.
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Ultimately, real security is trusting that you have the faith, strength, and courage to rise above any challenge.

Faith alone defends. Life is either a (more…)

There Is No Security On This Earth

July 16, 2010

When you journey within, you transform your life. You are more comfortable in your own skin and more confident in your ability to add value to your work, your relationships, and the world at large.



Character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life—is the source from which self-respect springs.
Joan Didion

You do not hesitate to reinvent yourself when presented with exciting new possibilities.

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
Douglas MacArthur

You interpret the adage “Let go and let God” as “Let (more…)

A Temporary Surrender of Security

July 13, 2010



To transmute knowledge into wisdom, you must scale the wall of your restless thoughts and dive headfirst into the uncharted waters of your inner world.

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
Victor Hugo




Take a deep breath and plunge beneath the surface. There, far beyond your comfort zone, life-altering insights and experiences await.

There is only one great adventure and that is inward toward the self.
Henry Miller

This internal expedition can be both thrilling and terrifying. Welcome your uneasiness; ask it to reveal its secrets. Brace yourself. Stripping away (more…)

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

July 11, 2010

The journey toward true security begins when you shift your focus from the external world of knowledge and achievement to the internal world of wisdom and experience.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey

Knowledge is ever-changing; it is the calling card of the intellect. Wisdom is timeless; it is the common sense of the soul.

Intelligence complicates. Wisdom simplifies.
Mason Cooley

Our outer world offers access to (more…)

Richard Bach on Security and Happiness

June 27, 2010

I just finished reading Running from Safety by Richard Bach. It’s a good read about his spiritual approach to life. I especially loved Chapter Twenty-Nine (pages 165-170) in which Bach uses his experience as a technical writer for the Douglas Aircraft Company to expound on what it means to have true security (Hint: It’s not a full-time job working for somebody else).

Shop for security over happiness and you buy it, at that price.
Richard Bach





I agree wholeheartedly with Bach’s conclusions about the illusion of external security. Place your security in the hands of others and your future is anything but secure. The best parts of you will lay dormant, their yearning for expression gradually eroding into fitful dreams of what might have been. Here’s a great quote from Bach in that chapter:

Don’t tell me that my security comes (more…)

The Illusion of Security

August 28, 2008

work-from-home-womanLinda, a fellow freelance writer, told me at work one day that she was leaving the freelance life to take a full-time job. I asked why. She said she wanted more security and the benefits that a full-time job would provide. I politely pointed out that a full-time job actually offered less security because, through no fault of her own, she could find herself out of her “secure” new job very quickly with no other options to fall back on. A freelancer, on the other hand, has multiple clients so the loss of just one isn’t a big deal; you simply shift gears and keep on earning money. As for benefits, she could likely pay for her own out of the extra money she made as a freelancer and still come out ahead.

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