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Billingsley’s Bullets: Little blessings create big joy

My granddaughter, Rebecca, called me recently and said, “Papa, I’m in trouble.” It sounded like she had been crying or was about to cry. Like many grandparents, my first reaction was, “Oh my God, what’s going on?” I felt immediately relieved when she told me she had locked her keys in her car. She had […]

Comments Off / November 26, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Should I see a marriage counselor?

Recently our neighbors, Wendy and Paul Chafer, were invited to join us for some conversation and treats. We landed on a discussion about what we would do if our spouses died. Wendy asked Monika how she would handle me being gone. Monika replied, “I would replace him with a miniature French poodle.” Paul and Wendy […]

Comments Off / November 12, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Being ‘always right’ is wrong

In his book “Real Magic,” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer states, “Relinquish your need to be right. This is the single greatest cause of difficulties and deterioration in relationships — the need to make the other person wrong, or to make yourself right. To win the argument.” • When you are obsessed with always being right, […]

Comments Off / November 03, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Ageless joy is certainly possible

In my previous column, I mentioned that I have been giving presentations titled, “How to Create Ageless Joy.” This is the second column offering ageless joy suggestions. • Joseph Campbell said, “Why do some people float in the waters that drown others?” My answer to Joseph Campbell would be, “Your attitude determines if you sink […]

Comments Off / October 20, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Why not experience ageless joy?

I have been speaking to local organizations and Senior Centers about “How to Create Ageless Joy.” The next two or three Billingsley Bullets will offer ageless joy suggestions. • Ageless joy starts early in the morning. When you wake up, set aside some quiet time for meditation or prayer before your first cup of coffee. […]

Comments Off / October 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Show up or go down

Woody Allen said, “80 percent of success is showing up.” Showing up means I have not given up. I am willing to do whatever I can do to succeed or to help you succeed. • When people show up for you, it means you are not alone. Someone is willing to stand shoulder to shoulder […]

Comments Off / September 26, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Disagreeing with the Dalai Lama

Occasionally the Dalai Lama and I don’t agree. In the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, the Dalai Lama states: “It is ironic that the more serious problems emanate from the more industrially advanced societies. Science and technology have worked wonders in many fields, but the basic human problems remain.” It seems to me that […]

Comments Off / September 12, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »