Football – Losing its sporting spirit?

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By Stephen Russell-Lacy. There is something about association football (soccer) that is very appealing. The game is played by over 250 million players in over 200 nations and has the highest television audience in sport. What is it that makes football so popular? Has it still got its sporting spirit? Unfair play I’m familiar with … Continue reading Football – Losing its sporting spirit?

Infinity – How to understand it?

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  By Stephen Russell-Lacy. When the best telescope focuses on even a small patch of the night sky it sees countless galaxies of stars. They are receding away from us and from each other at incredible speed. Into what are they receding? We wonder if the space in the physical universe goes on for ever? … Continue reading Infinity – How to understand it?

Judging people – Why so hard to stop?

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By Stephen Russell-Lacy. ‘Dick head’ was what I thought when I indignantly watched a driver ahead of me at the traffic lights not moving forward when the signal changed to green. As a consequence of this, I and other drivers behind were held up and couldn’t get through before the red light came on again. … Continue reading Judging people – Why so hard to stop?

Well-being – What causes it?

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By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Most of us want a sense of well-being. But this term ‘well-being’ seems hard to pin down. What exactly is it? And how does it come about? Clearly it is to do with an absence of bodily discomfort and emotional distress. Perhaps it comes from finding pleasure in one’s activities and possessions. … Continue reading Well-being – What causes it?

Joy – What brings it to our lives? 

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No one expects to be happy through suffering hardship and troubles. But of themselves, an easy life, good health and fitness, do not mean we are necessarily joyful. Joy is surely more than just being born with a sunny disposition. More than just experiencing the joy of one’s sports team scoring a goal, or feeling … Continue reading Joy – What brings it to our lives? 

Humility – Where’s the good in it?

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People often equate humility with submissiveness, low self-esteem and low confidence. Not qualities suited to say being a leader or entertainer. However, Jim Kong Kim (President of the World Bank) is a leader who recognises the value of humility. He says it allows him to ask for coaching of new personal skills and request feedback … Continue reading Humility – Where’s the good in it?

Happy life – Does this require affluence?

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Who wouldn’t be happy to have more money? To pay off the credit card or buy that needed furniture. Yet, the huge wealth of the ‘fat cats’ who run large companies in the UK has astonished us. By October 2011 the pay packages of directors of FTSE 100 companies had increased by 49% in a … Continue reading Happy life – Does this require affluence?

Father – is he uniquely important?

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Traditionally, the father has been the bread-winner for the family. These days, however, many women have well-paid jobs in the professions and business. The two sexes are said to be equal, and the ‘new man’ as a father is supposed to reduce his time at work so as to be as actively involved as the … Continue reading Father – is he uniquely important?

Open-minded – Are you this about spiritual ideas?

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I wish Howard could be more open-minded. He is an 18-year-old student, and is in the same situation as many young people living away from home for the first time. I am concerned for him because he is not one to readily take up new opportunities for meeting new people, and for engaging in new … Continue reading Open-minded – Are you this about spiritual ideas?

Share ideas – How to talk about beliefs.

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It might be tempting to keep quiet about what you really believe or hide behind a book that gives your view rather than talking about it yourself; especially if you are afraid if you share ideas they might be discarded or even trampled on. But don’t we each have some sort of responsibility for freely … Continue reading Share ideas – How to talk about beliefs.