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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Single Tasking: The Key To Reducing Stress & Increasing Efficiency

Living in the present is a truly wonderful thing. It’s when you’re living in the moment that you’re truly released from the insecurities of your past, and when the uncertainties of the future no longer preoccupy your mind. It’s in the moment that you can give your undivided attention to what really makes the difference […]

Acceptance

There’s a discord running through all our lives… a gap, or maybe a gulf, between what we have and what we want. Do you know what? The disparity between the two is – according to Eastern philosophy at least – pretty much responsible for all human suffering. The theory goes that not having what we […]

Bin Perfectionism

Some people think perfectionism is a virtue… Oh…don’t you know, I just can’t get started until my pencils are aligned to the nearest micron, every to-do note in my inbox has been trouser pressed, and I’m as calm as a Buddhist Monk going ‘Ommmmmm‘ by the shore of placid lake. Then…everything has to be meticulously […]

The 84th Problem

Life is often hectic, not to mention full of problems. So much to do, so many issues to resolve, so little time to get it all done. We’re left burdened and pressured to the point of being overwhelmed. Of course, some of us cope better than others with this hectic pace of life. My fiancée, […]

Life is Short, Misery is Optional

Life is way too short – I am coming more and more to appreciate – to squander in any shape or form. That means either allowing negative emotions to bring you down; or alternatively, wasting your time on the trivial, or on anything you don’t do with full personal volition. Negative emotions that I am […]

Limiting Emotional Investment

Nothing is important. We really are insignificant. A post on Universe Today just helped me to appreciate the sheer, incomprehensible enormity of the Universe… and highlighted by contrast, just how insignificant even the most egotistical and megalomaniacal of us should feel. There are, according to that post, 400 billion stars in our galaxy alone, a […]

Chillax: 10 Rules for a Stress-Free Life

I just looked up ‘chillax’ in the Urban Dictionary, not because I’m so behind with the times that I don’t know what it means, but simply because I wanted a nice, succinct, as well as illustrative definition that goes beyond ‘a combination of chilled-out and relaxed’. Urban Dictionary obliged by offering the following:- To loosen […]