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“Happiness is within you” Part 4 - Happiness is within you and nowhere else

“Happiness is a state of mind that can only be found within us and that is therefore by no

means accessible through external ephemeral pleasures.”

Jacques Dufort

 

At the beginning of his film “The Shift”, Wayne Dyer cites Carl Jung with the following quote: “Thoroughly...Show me more...


Happiness is within you Part 3 – Living your life through the success of others

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics coverage made me reflect upon the sudden infatuation with patriotism, where each viewer had eyes only for the athletes representing their countries, but even more so, where everyone was flaunting their athletes’ successes or was appalled by their underperformances. Ironic isn’t it; As if the...Show me more...


Happiness is within you Part 2 — Overly Comparing Ourselves to Others

Judging by the enthusiasm so many people have towards certain reality shows (which we can hopefully agree on, don’t require a great deal of intellectual effort from the viewer), or for shows about Hollywood celebrities for instance, I’d say these are two perfect examples of activities “to pass time” as...Show me more...


Happiness is within you Part 1 - The Utopia of Modern Happiness

During recent decades, when we’ve learned to commercialize everything, happiness not being exempt, the consumer society from which we stem has made us evolve from beings in search of larger-than-life genuine happiness perhaps at times unattainable, but at the very least that made one dream, to beings living from one...Show me more...


What meaning does Christmas have for you?

On the eve of this holiday season, I would like to share my thoughts on the meaning of Christmas, for you to ponder over.

Thus, for not so long ago, this holiday mainly reflected a religious nature, at least in regards to people of the Christian faith. And since a certain...Show me more...


Father’s Day

While I was at the “I can do it Toronto” conference last May, I participated in a group meditation where we were asked to clear our minds and to try to remember a happy moment from our childhood. It took me back to a memory of my father sitting on...Show me more...


Do we journey on after our last breath?

Do we journey forward after our last breath? Does physical death signify the end of our being, the ultimate death? It all depends on how we define “Being.” Interestingly, a press release by the Pasteur Instituted, dated June 12 [1], 2012, establishes that muscle stem cells survive...Show me more...


Can blind faith be applied selectively?

“As soon as a topic deemed “paranormal” is brought up, it is met with more scepticism than any by the scientific community, our entourage and society in general. For example, when a patient claims that they feel the presence of God, they are perceived as appeased. However, if they are...Show me more...


My retirement from the Canadian Forces - 1 Mai 2014

Well, I can tell you that it’s much easier to decide to join an organization than it is to leave it; To know when to leave though, to recognize when the time has come for you to move on to something else can be difficult, even worrisome. But yet, it...Show me more...


Harmonious communications, a parental responsibility

An original idea by Katherine Dufort (daughter)
Review contributor, Alexandre Dufort (son)

In recent discussions with work colleagues, my daughter came to the realization that some of their family relationships were not as harmonious as our own. She then went on to suggest, to my delight, that I should write an...Show me more...


Being true to one's self

Being true to one’s self, a true challenge! Indeed when you look at it more closely, it seems that most of the time, it is easier for us to have an opinion on what is good for others rather than ourselves. However, since no one knows us better than we...Show me more...


A first glance at the conscious and the subconscious self

When you consider all the tasks that we accomplish in our daily lives, without even thinking about them, it seems plausible that we possess an unconscious part to our being. Normally referred to by some as the subconscious, this part of our brain, if they are right, would be the...Show me more...


What makes us who and what we are?

 

As I mentioned in one of my earliest articles entitled “The meaning of life”, I believe it’s of the upmost importance to “first learn to know ourselves better, to see our true selves without a mask…learn to understand ourselves better as people, to understand how our bodies...Show me more...


The institution of marriage...that battered darling.

At my daughter’s wedding on August 9th of this year, I gave a speech which stems from the passages of my current work in progress, a book about how we can rethink our relationships in order to counter the growing trend of divorced/separated couples. The preliminary title is: “Rethinking your...Show me more...


Never better

“Never better” is what I answer most of the time when people ask how I’m doing. And their astonishment to my response never ceases to surprise me. Could my approach to the turmoil of life be so different from their own, different to the point that my answer leaves...Show me more...


Living without regret

It is entirely normal to experience regret. It’s an uncontrollable emotional reaction that can occur whenever we make a decision. It occurs when a doubt related to the adequacy of our choice persists when there is more than one suitable option on the table and it is even...Show me more...


It’s my birthday… so what?

It’s my birthday today, but so what? Not that I would get offended if you wished me “Happy Birthday”, but I’m left feeling slightly indifferent about it because I don’t really understand what there is to celebrate. What is a birthday other than a highlight of the fact that we’ve...Show me more...


The three A's of a good reputation

“Like a house of cards, a good reputation is built on a solid foundation.
It is difficult to build and it can crumble at the slightest false move. “

Jacques Dufort

As mentioned in a previous article entitled: I am “The philosopher pilot” I intend from now on, whenever appropriate, to present my articles under the banner: ” The...Show me more...


I always think I'm right...don't you?

Following the many discussions I’ve had with my wife over the years, where just like any other good couple we exasperated in trying to prove to one another that we were right once again, I actually began to wonder. I wondered how it was possible for her to claim to...Show me more...


Eulogy for my mother

My mother passed away on November 7th, at the age of 81 as she succumbed to Parkinson’s disease. Besides me, her son, she is survived by her daughter France, our respective spouses Élaine and Michel and my two children, Katherine and Alexandre. This was the main reason for my absence...Show me more...


I am "The philosopher pilot"

The philosopher pilot… Do I really have the right to label myself as such? Note that I am using the noun “philosopher” in its broadest sense, while I attempt to adjectively characterize myself as someone who is “philosophical” by nature. Hence, I do not claim to have studied philosophy per...Show me more...


Commented reading : Tribes - Part 3 of 3

“Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us”
by Seth Godin
ISBN: 9781591842330

(Click on the image to get your copy)

Tribes and leadership:

The element of fear alone is so powerful, that it can prevent us from taking charge of a situation, group or even of our own destiny. The...Show me more...


Commented reading : Tribes - Part 2 of 3

“Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us”
by Seth Godin
ISBN: 9781591842330

(Click on the image to get your copy)

Tribes and Yourself:

If you are already a member of a tribe, either at work or through your hobbies, do not remain silent, instead get involved. Your opinion counts....Show me more...


Commented reading : Tribes - Part 1 of 3

“Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us”
by Seth Godin
ISBN: 9781591842330

(Click on the image to get your copy)

After having promised at the launch of my blog that my first article would focus on the book that inspired me to create it, here I am, finally able to deliver,...Show me more...


The reflected tribe is not a sect

For those that may be annoyed with my choice of the term “tribe” in “The reflected tribe”, let’s begin by defining what a tribe is, or rather what it is not as stated in our title.

Some people seem to confuse the terms tribe and sect. However, as suggested on Show me more...


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