New Year – Why January 1?

As it happens with many long-lasting traditions, with time we tend to forget their origin stories. Across many countries of the world, we celebrate the arrival of the New Year on January 1 with a lot of fun, anticipation and, sometimes, a bit of sadness. But why do we stick to this date? What is …

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Spreading the Word: Inspiring Quotes for 2021

This Friday is the last 'Spreading the Word' post in 2020. Next time I write in this series - next Friday - it will be January 1st, it will be the first day of the fresh new year, 2021... I don't know what the new year will bring. We all have our ideas. But, I …

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Let’s Talk Miracles – What Are They?

Last year around this time I wrote about miracles. More specifically, the 18th century Scottish philosopher's David Hume's views on them. It is that season again when my thoughts, at least sometimes, turn to the topic of miracles. Perhaps especially this year. Wouldn't the world really need a few good miracles now! It turns out, …

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Why Do We Underestimate?

Why is it that we often underestimate the big importance of small things? Even though each time we do, we get taught a lesson by life to remind us that the devil is, indeed, in the details. He comes out when those details get underestimated. Photo by Jian Xhin on Unsplash Is it because we find …

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Small Things Matter

"Never underestimate the big importance of the small things." Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels A quote from the book 'The Midnight Library' by Matt Haig published this year. This, very strange, very unusual and very memorable year of 2020. The first book that I have seen to be dedicated not to some close friend of family member, …

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The Stories Told by Our Dreams

What do you dream about when you sleep? What about your friends, relatives? Sometimes it can be a lot of fun sharing those strange stories from our dreams. After all, they are just strange stories, they do not really mean anything. Or do they? Image by intographics from Pixabay Here is a thought to ponder …

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“The Power of Myth” by Joseph Campbell

It is a great book. A wealth of treasures to awaken your hungry imagination. Myths contain such depth of meaning that one needs an experienced guide to help reveal their wisdom. No doubt, Joseph Campbell was an amazing guide who had a life-long passion for myths (ever since his boyhood!). If you have ever tried …

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Thoughts and Pictures from a Sleepless Night

Sometimes, falling asleep just doesn't work. Your mind refuses to let go. So I thought - what about offering some pictures to it instead of force-feeding it with sleep. It's anyway too late, you will anyway feel half-dead in the morning. Funny enough - forcing yourself to sleep is just as useless as forcing yourself …

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Understanding is an Interaction

Whenever we are trying to understand the world, we are, by extension, trying to understand ourselves. Whether we are aware of it or not. Indeed - whether we want it or not. We bring ourselves along to every encounter with the world, and we experience each such encounter through ourselves. We don't really have any …

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