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Think Often of One and Two

3 Aug

Not long ago I read a passage which I found to be wonderfully wise. Its depth lies in its clarity of thought and simplicity of expression. It was from a book on Confucius, one of China’s famous thinkers and philosophers. I share it with you below. 

May it help you focus on whatever is good in every situation and delight in those one or two things which go your way – every day! 

I once read an essay by the famous Taiwanese writer Lin Qingxuan, about a friend who asked him for a piece of calligraphy to hang in his study. The friend said to him: ‘Write me something that is extremely simple, but which will be helpful to me when I see it every day.’ He thought for a long time, and then wrote just four Chinese characters: ‘Think Often of One and Two.’

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Thoughts to Caffeinate – #2

19 Jul

“Your mistakes are what makes you” (Made in Nachmo, Jun 2010)

It may seem unusual at first but your mistakes shape the character you will eventually become. Success in any endeavor depends on the ability to learn from your mistakes.

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Thoughts to Caffeinate – #1

23 Jun

This column is intended to stimulate the mind and fuel those creative leaps with regular ‘caffeinated’ servings.

I will be sharing with you my thoughts, from the impulsive to the philosophical. Some will be straight-shooting, light and expressive whereas others slightly reserved and contemplative. Some may require explaining to put it into context however this first one is pretty self-explanatory (see below). Continue reading

Vuvuzelas Parable‏

21 Jun

Our thanks to Jasan for sharing this commentary and poem with SoM.

Now that many of you are engrossed in following World Cup football, I’m sure you wouldn’t have missed the sounds of Vuvuzelas** that are deafening ears.

While many of you may hate its sound volume to be a real irritant, I’ve travelled in the opposite direction to imagine a parable those sirens out of Vuvuzelas bring to the world. Continue reading

How could I be so stupid? Friend or Foe…

14 Jun
Frankly darling, we don’t really want to be your friend

Intro to series

There seems to be a marked increase in the levels of romance stupidity. Reported cases of grown and independent ladies falling for silly boys, despite the fact they’re in their mid-to late-20’s are on the rise! Over the last few years, I have received calls from several female friends asking for my frank assessment of their various predicaments and I could not pass up an opportunity to open a can of “I told you so” whoopass. However as time passed, it became less about that and more about “why did you let it happen again?” Last night I spoke to a friend who had just crossed the line with a guy who she’d met a few weeks ago and thought he was going to be a friend for life. It was only afterwards when he said “Don’t pretend that you didn’t know what was going on!” did she realise her folly.

Relationships differ greatly from one to the other as the dynamics of people in each change the game for better or worse. However there are certain fundamental principles and pitfalls which form a common denominator for all relationship problems which I’ve heard. I have therefore decided to write some short and greatly simplified articles on some of the most common relationship issues I’ve been privy to over time, from friendships to marriage. I begin with this most universal of scenarios – the new guy in your life who just wants to be “friends”. Continue reading

Blue Ocean, Black Gold, Brown Gardens

6 Jun

 

(Image courtesy of John Cole) 

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The Secret We All Know

20 May

A few days ago a friend of mine carefully handed me a DVD in a manner that suggested that she was the first to discover fire and was now passing on the secret recipe. I had heard a lot about the life changing effects of this particular DVD and so drove home with a little more gusto than usual and after making some coco I jumped into the sofa, turned down the lights and got ready to watch THE SECRET.

No, The Secret is nothing sordid; it is a film / documentary released in 2006 by Rhonda Byrne. The Aussie screenwriter soon followed it up with what became a very successful novel of the same title. Soon she was writing more mini guides which aim to help people live “The Secret” on a daily basis. Over the next two years she milked the genre for all it was worth with more books, appearing on Radio, TV and in magazines where she told the world the formula for achieving their dreams – and all of it lay in “The Secret”.

So…what is this “Secret” then?

…and how did it capture the worlds imagination so much that it catapulted this woman from obscurity to (mini) celebrity? The DVD and books are quite long, so I will condense it for you. It basically says that human beings and [all forces in] the universe are made of energy and thus our thoughts have a direct correlation with not just ourselves, but with the very fabric of our existence. Our thoughts have a frequency, and, plainly put, what we think projects into the universe and the universe provides the means / mechanism by which we get that which our minds dwell upon. Everything that comes into our lives is only there because we have sent out the frequencies which attract them into our lives.

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