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Lessons from a Banana Skin

Lessons from a Banana Skin

Slipping up on an banana skin is a standard slapstick gag. It’s the stuff of cartoons with no more basis in reality than Wiley Coyote running off the edge of a cliff and not realising he’s suspended in mid-air until he looks down.

Or so I thought.

I was crossing a busy street a couple of days ago, totally concentrated on avoiding the speeding cars. This particular stretch of road seems to attract large number of drivers who consider stopping at pedestrian crossingsto be optional. Suddenly I found myself sprawled across the tarmac (I think it was on one of the...

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Our Needs Make Us Strong

Our Needs Make Us Strong

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

(Gandhi)

This quote sums up my approach to life. My aspired approach to life, that is. I’ve still got some way to go as the truth is, at the age of 46, I’m still unlearning a lot of accumulated rubbish from my first 35 years.

This stuff is not deep, painful, unusual or traumatic. Sometimes, I think it might be easier to deal with if it was because it would be more obvious....

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A Vegetarian Life?

A Vegetarian Life?

Since choosing to cut meat from my diet nearly two years ago I’ve moved from being somewhat tentative about it to becoming convinced this is the right lifestyle choice for me. Over recent months I’ve even started getting a bit evangelical about it. So, yes, the purpose of this article is to convert any meatarian readers. Don’t worry though. I’m not going to resort to any of the manipulative tactics used by many militant vegetarians. I’m not going to use them, not because I’m a warm, respectful guy, but because they simply don’t work. Obnoxiousness Doesn’t Work Many vegetarians...

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Learn Something New

Learn Something New

My business life as a trainer and coach is all about helping people learn and I’ve been doing it for many years now. I think I’m pretty good at it and one way I keep ‘in shape’, as it were, is to take my own self development and learning very seriously. Since my mid thirties one thing I do is take on a new learning project every couple of years. Currently I’m learning how to build and maintain my physical health, before that it was blogging. Previous projects included Italian, Polish, Scuba-Diving, Yoga, Meditation, Playing Guitar and Skiing. Of...

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Breaking Boundaries

Breaking Boundaries

Don’t human beings just love dividing the world up? Everywhere you go it seems there are lines drawn to make the world into smaller and smaller pieces. Most of those lines are created by us and are not ‘real’ in the sense they only exist because we decide to make them. When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like...

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How To Get Rich Quick

How To Get Rich Quick

If the ‘instant wealth’ brigade are to be believed, riches fall into the lap of anyone following their advice – or more likely their $99.95 programme (currently at 50% discount). I have a sneaky suspicion there are far more people promising instant riches than actually reap the offered rewards. If you are asking yourself the question ‘How To Get Rich?’, either quickly or at a more leisurely pace, I guess you consider yourself to be something less than rich right now? So at the risk of you not going on to read the rest of the article (after all...

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The Call Of The Wild

The Call Of The Wild

As a species we’ve been playing around with Mother Nature for countless generations. From time to time she reminds us of her presence with earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes or other so called ‘natural disasters’. In the face of these events we are pretty much powerless and mainly innocent bystanders caught up in her destructive power. The Price We Pay We’ve built our societies by harnessing the riches of the Earth. We’ve mined her minerals, stones and metals. Transformed fossils and the elements such as wind and water into energy. Captured and domesticated many types of plant and animals for both...

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Keep Balance During Change

Keep Balance During Change

Change is the only thing that remains constant Clichés are not well worn for nothing. They’re like a favourite pair of shoes getting put on all the time until they start to look a bit shabby and then stored at the back of a cupboard. You can’t bring yourself to throw them out because they served you so well.   There are many variations of this particular old pair of shoes all amounting to the same thing: You had better learn how to cope with change and uncertainty, because they aren’t going away. Life Means Change ‘Cope’ is maybe...

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Hitler Was A Human Being

Hitler Was A Human Being

How do you react to the title? Outrage? Disgust? Confusion? Getting ready to put me in my place in the comments section? If the thought of Hitler doesn’t stir it up for you, pick someone who does. Depending on where you are, and your view of the world, it could be the 9/11 hijackers, Osama Bin Laden, Obama or Bush. Maybe it’s someone closer to home – one of your parents, a sibling, your boss or an ex-partner. I’ll stay with Hitler for a while but you might want to substitute the name (or names) of someone who did...

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Earlier

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Earlier

I was invited by Abubakar Jamil to participate in the Life Lessons Series which I have to say (and this is in no way cynical) that apart from a great collection of articles it’s also a superb way to get cross-links. I wish I’d thought of it myself. The theme of the series is ‘Stuff that You Wish You Had Known Earlier in Your Life’ but there are so many of those I decided to pick only five of them. Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also...

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