Positive perspectives and practices for personal growth.

Live Positively Anyway

~ Mother Teresa If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could […]

Life Is Short

My life has taken many twists and turns over the last few years. I’ve been rich, I’ve been poor. I’ve been happy, I’ve been clinically depressed. I’ve been alone, I’ve been – as I am now – in a very secure relationship. I’ve felt dysfunctional and insecure, conversely I’ve felt on top of the world, […]

Malaysian Airlines MH17

What’s wrong with the world? What sort of missile toting retard aims a ground to air missile at whatever random passenger jet happens to be passing by? ‘Oh… we thought it was a Ukrainian military aircraft!’ will probably be the apologetic response.’ Really! A Ukrainian military aircraft that just happened to be flying along a […]

Simplify Your Routine

Our life is frittered away by detail. … Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail. … Simplify, simplify. ~ Henry David Thoreau Out of necessity I have to […]

Stephen Sutton: An Inspiration

What an inspiration Stephen Sutton is, who died today at just 19 years old. He said, before his death from terminal bowel cancer, that if he could inspire people not to take life for granted, then his life would have had meaning. And whilst most people, myself included, would have just felt sorry for themselves […]

Overcoming Broken Windows & Bottlenecks

Have you ever read an article, or watched a documentary, about some poor, dysfunctional soul who’s allowed masses of rubbish to pile up inside their house; so much rubbish in fact – accumulated over countless years – that they’ve had to move a mountain of bin bags just to get in and out of their […]

I Would Cope

Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism. ~ Arnold Bennett, Things That Have Interested Me Optimists are blessed with a gift; one that according to psychologists is the most helpful personality trait we can possess. Those happy-go-lucky, ‘Cheer up, it’s not so bad!’ optimists always see the bright side. They see problems […]

Can I Do It?

How do you psyche yourself up? Do you tell yourself, “I can do this!”; “I’m really confident!”; “I’m really talented!” ; “I’m a winner!” ; “I’m strong and in control!”? Are you? The problem with such positive affirmations is that they’re nothing more than veneer statements… they lack substance; and like anything that’s devoid of […]

Thinking: Not Such A Bad Thing After All

I have been told often that I think too much; that I over-analyse situations, myself,  other people, life. ‘Don’t spend so much time in your head‘ is the usual line… ‘Just go out and do it’. As a kid, I have to admit I felt a little bit ashamed of my personality. I didn’t want […]

The Control / No Control Divide

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. One essential skill we all need – if we’re going to get anywhere in life – is the ability to rationally differentiate between those areas of our lives where […]