Success in life often depends on our ability to cultivate and hold in tension seemingly contradictory qualities. In this series, we examine why such contrasting qualities are necessary, and more importantly, how we can possibly develop them, by looking at the only perfectly balanced and most successful person who ever lived.
Many of us have been crushed or crippled by the bad things that happened to us. While we often cannot prevent them or make them any less unpleasant, what we can do is to learn how to respond in such a way as to benefit from, and get the most, out of them.
Most of us sense two inner forces tugging on our hearts--and our purse strings. One is the need to keep our money to ourselves for our own enjoyment or security. The other is the desire to use our money to bless others and for a cause bigger than ourselves. Why do we have such conflicting desires, and how should we manage them?
Another new year has dawned, and no doubt all of us have engaged in the same mind game, wishing and persuading ourselves that on the stroke of midnight of 31 December, things would somehow be better going forward.