Ready to Soar Ready to Soar: is all about reaching our potential, always improving, growing and learning. I have always been fascinated with birds, their ability to travel where they want and soar at will. We too can soar if we want to. We all have so much potential and together we can all improve ourselves and the world in the process. It is not easy, but it is worth doing. We hope our site helps you in your journey of soaring through life.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Monday, August 29, 2011

What is the Purpose of Life?

What is the Purpose of Life?
Wisdom, Compassion, Creativity

                                      By Jay McDaniel

Many years ago I was giving a talk at a university in China on Whitehead’s philosophy.  At the end of my talk there was time for questions and a student from the school of business administration raised his hand and asked: “You have studied philosophy.  I have a serious question for you.  Do you think that life has a purpose?”

There was nothing cynical about his question.  He was not challenging me to prove that life has a purpose.  He was not trying to impress his peers.  There was a purity in voice, a freshness. I asked him to explain to me what experiences gave rise to his question.

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I am a teacher and writer. I own Kevin`s English Schools in Kanagawa, Japan. I teach at Tokai University. I have taught at: Keio SFC, St. Mary`s College (Nagoya), ECC, The YMCA, Columbia College, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. My Japanese wife is a junior high school English teacher.