A New Year Objective

I prefer objective to resolution. It seems to me more definite somehow. Resolving to do something often leaves too much room for prevarication. You can even argue that a first objective would be to make no more New Year resolutions; just set an objective and get on with it while your motivation is strong and fresh. Why not by-pass the resolution stage altogether? The thing with objectives is not to…

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Keep it Simple

One of my all-time favourite human beings, Leonado da Vinci, said ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’. I think what he meant is that simple is cool – that is chilled and quietly efficient. If you think about it there are endless examples which demonstrate clearly how true that is, from the obvious design, art and writing, to the less obvious, like managing and expressing ourselves. Our problem is that we…

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The Backs of Things

I enjoy all train journeys, but when travelling on suburban trains I really like seeing the backs of things. The country side is always absorbing and sometimes beautiful, but the backs of buildings and hidden gardens are unknown and fascinating. In contrast to the carefully presented fronts, the backs reveal their true design. Like the old brickwork, with its colours and cracks exposing their age and structure and the pieces…

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Expectation will ruin your life

Expectation and disappointment go together. The more we expect the more disappointed we are likely to be when things don’t work out. Experience they say is what you get when you don’t get what you want, so logically that particular experience should teach us not to expect so much. But does it? Most of us are brought up and conditioned to expect certain results from certain actions and it rarely…

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Expectation will ruin your life

Expectation and disappointment go together. The more we expect the more disappointed we are likely to be when things don’t work out. Experience they say is what you get when you don’t get what you want, so logically that particular experience should teach us not to expect so much. But does it? Most of us are brought up and conditioned to expect certain results from certain actions and it rarely…

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Proud?

What did you do today to make you feel proud? I am not talking about running a half marathon or decorating your lounge single-handed, but the apparently little things, like holding a door open for someone, or getting a stranger to return your smile. Don’t get me wrong. Marathons and decorating are things to be very proud about, especially when they are firsts and you were making it up as…

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Thinking is Overrated

  Thinking Is Overrated Have ever wanted to switch off your brain and give your mind a rest? Are you sometimes just tired of thinking all the time? Would you like to mentally relax and be calm and rational more of the time? Of course you would and so would we all. The secret is to stop thinking so much. That may sound obvious and easy but it does require…

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