May 21st, 2016

Speaker, Coach, Blogger

Slow down, please

“Spending more time with friends and family costs nothing. Nor does walking, cooking, meditating, making love, reading or eating dinner at the table instead of in front of the television. Simply resisting the urge to hurry is free.” Carl Honoré

We turbo charge our lives.

The destination seems way more important than what we experience along the way, i.e. life.

But, at the risk of stating the inane, it doesn't have to be this way (or any other way).

Please take a moment to sit still, leave you damn phone alone and breathe 10 deep breaths, and listen to everything -- inside and out.

It feels good doesn't it?

But it's only a very small start.

Of course, you fear that by doing so little you'll miss out on something more profound. How dumb.

Life is in the moment. And the longer we're able to enjoy it, the more we'll enjoy life.

Have a great Saturday.

Speaker, Coach, Blogger


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In or Out?

I don't have much to say. Seriously.

If anything, I take my cue from my late Great-Grandfather who fought at the Battle of the Somme, where nearly 60,000 men were killed in the first day of fighting. I know if Nunc was still alive and you asked him if integration and Union was a price worth paying for peace, he'd reply with an emphatic "Yes".

I could of course go through all the crass arguments that have been made by both sides -- Johnson and Cameron are no better or worse than each other -- but I'll spare you the pain.

But, to be honest, the EC Referendum is small change when you look at the World's problems, not least the seismic shift in our environment, poverty and slavery. Perhaps we're more likely to make a dent on our own, but something tells me a Union of like-minded people (I know we're not that like-minded but we're still all human beings) is far more likely to make a difference that the (current) Tory Government.

Of course, this isn't conclusive of anything but it's where I stand.