The Pleasure – Pain Principle and the Real Reason Nothing Changes in Our Lives

 

The pleasure – pain principle is simply that humans recoil from pain and run toward pleasure. That makes sense obviously. This principle is the primary reason we don’t work on our behaviors that we know we need in order to improve ourselves in all areas of life from weight loss, relationships, work, even our prayer life. The rewards of making a behavioral change are way, way, WAY out in the future while the implementation of the change in behavior causes an immediate ...

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There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

Today’s first reading is thought to be written by Solomon around 2,300 years ago. He wouldn’t be surprised that, other than high tech tools and toys, humanity hasn’t changed one bit. It’s true that there really isn’t anything new under the sun.

Eccl 1:2-11

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
What profit has man from all the labor
which he toils at under the sun?
One generation passes and another comes,
but the world forever stays.
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The Formula For Change in 2016 (or The “Who Moved My Cheese?” Formulation)

Executive Summary:  The change you desire in life starts with you. Your destiny always has and always will be solely and completely your responsibility. You shouldn’t really be surprised by that!  Your life as assessed by you is the sum total of all your choices up to right now. The great news is that if you want to change your life for the better, all the days ahead of you are a clean slate.

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You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
You may find yourself in another part of the world
You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
You may ask yourself: well… how did I get here?
–  Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads

When I was a kid, our family drove from Ohio via the Pennsylvania Turnpike to visit relatives in Philadelphia. The turnpike ...

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