Positive perspectives and practices for personal growth.

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 […]

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 […]

Giving Up Cigarettes: It’s All about Mindset

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I chain-smoked 15 years of my life away. Drinkers and illicit drug users often remark how their recollection of the years spent consumed by their addictions is often hazy; for me the haze wasn’t metaphorical. Wherever I went a heavy haze reminiscent of London’s Great Smog of ’52 hung in the air. Sat too long in one place I could have blocked out the sun. How did I give up? Well, it wasn’t willpower…for me that is in short supply at the best of times.

How To Quit Smoking: Embrace the Fear

If you’ve watched the news in the last week or so, you’ve probably seen reports of Australia’s new hard line approach to cigarettes. Out have gone the nicely branded cigarette packets with their alluring logos and luxurious gold trim; in has come the near unbranded ‘new face’ of smoking: unappealing dark green packets graphically plastered with images of the various grizzly consequences of partaking in the demon habit. The message is as clear as when a plague riddled Sean Bean announces to a bunch of hapless 14th Century villagers in the aptly named film, ‘Black Death, “I bring death!”.

Creatures of Habit

There’s a new series of the sci-fi sitcom ‘Red Dwarf’ airing at the moment. Unless you’re British that probably won’t meant a lot; but for me, Red Dwarf is a 25 year institution that’s entrenched in my psyche like a six inch nail from a misfired nail gun. Consequently, it was unavoidable that sooner or later it would become one of my sources of inspiration.