Female Brotherhood

Modern woman is supposed to compete with her husband or life companion in order to prove equal. But she is also supposed to compete with her female friends, because competition is one of the basic principles of behavior in Western world. We learn to compete in school as little children and it sticks. As glorious as we may feel, when we win, competition as such is not the best thing for relationships. It keeps us apart instead of drawing us together. I wrote in one of my previous blogs that the key to a lifelong relationship with your partner is to be a team and not a competing pair (How to Grow Old...
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The Mysterious Girl in the Library

A Short Story Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a girl studying literature at the university. The students were required to read many books: novels, dramas, collections of poems or short stories. Some students made notes in pencil directly in the books they borrowed in the university library. It was against the rules, but they did it anyway. The girl kept reading the books with great diligence and never wrote anything in them. Once she borrowed a book and when she started reading it at home, she discovered that there were many notes in pencil on individual pages. It was a thick book. She...
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The Danger of Overdoing Our Wishes

We are a culture of wishes, a culture of creating and fulfilling them. That is what keeps us going. But no matter how many wishes get fulfilled, we still feel empty inside. Why? Because wishes have a nasty habit of multiplying. We quickly forget about what we already have and we want something else. Having too many wishes not only leaves you hollow inside, but can also lead to some foolish choices. Actually, in my case, one wish was enough to ruin everything for it was too strong. Those of you who read my book already know the story. As a foreign language student I wanted to spend a semester in a...
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Mamma’s List/Papa’s List

It is very human to analyze our lives and make a list of mistakes. It is also very human to try to teach our children not to make the same mistakes. What we do not realize, in my opinion, is that our mistakes were only mistakes in that specific situation. They might be the right decision for our children, because the situation has changed in the meantime. Mamma’s list might be outdated. So may papa’s list. Let me name a few examples. A young man wants to be a postman. He works as a postman during summer holidays while in high-school. Parents insist he should get more education, because...
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