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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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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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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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Do I Look Good

Do I Look Good

Running is a great time for slowing down. I’ve started jogging daily first thing in the morning and I can’t imagine a better start to the day. I have a park right next to where I live populated at that time by fellow joggers and dog-walkers. There’s nothing quite like watching the sun rise and catch the water on the lake and the fresh smell of the dawn. I’m often overcome with moments of sheer joy and love for the world – mixed in with the not so subtle reminders from my body that I’m not as young as...

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One Year Of Vegetarian Living

One Year Of Vegetarian Living

One year ago I stopped eating meat of any kind which was a pretty big step for me. Even bigger is that I’ve kept it up and now the idea of eating meat is just repugnant to me. That’s quite something coming from a person who has a very limited track record of sticking to anything for long. It’s also from someone who was an avid and enthusiastic carnivore until this time last year. I wrote an article last year about some of the benefits I’d noticed (‘6 Reasons Eating Vegetarian Food Is Best‘) and I thought it about...

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10 Books That Shook My World

10 Books That Shook My World

  Books are an important part of my life and I read a lot, though not as much as I’d like. A few rare books I wish I hadn’t bothered with, but mostly I’m selective about what I buy and rely on recommendations from those I trust. From time to time I read a book that changes my life in a big way. These are the ten inspirational books that changed my life – in more or less the order they came into my hands. It’s a uniquely personal list and I’m certain your own list would be very...

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Everyone’s In A Hurry

Everyone’s In A Hurry

Is it just me, or do most people seem to be in a hurry these day? Rushing to get up in the morning? Rushing to get to work? Rushing to get things done? Rushing to get home? Rush, rush, rush! I guess I’ve long been aware of it, but I really noticed it the other evening on the way to a meeting. I like to walk or take public transport where I can, so the trip was around 20 minutes on the metro and another 30 minutes walk along a couple of busy city streets. Destinations and journeys I...

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