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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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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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Leaders are Readers – 10 must read Classics!

29 Apr

One of my goals at the start of the year was to read more good old-fashioned books. Specifically, works of classic literature. Having started on this journey, I can tell you that it’s been extremely rewarding and well worth sharing. 
I’ve compiled ten timeless novels which I believe are essential reading for all. These books are of unparalleled prose, packed with wit and wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world. I hope you enjoy it. 

And without further ado, here is my top 10: 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – An all time classic! A moving tale of race and class in the 1930’s Deep South. A struggle for justice against not just hostility and hypocrisy but prejudices of all kinds. This has become one of the top selling books of all time, selling over 30 million copies. 

1984 by George Orwell – A classic dystopian novel which is widely acclaimed for its portrayal of society under a surveillance regime. Written in 1949, this book introduced terms such as ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Orwellian’ in to the public speak. What uncanny foresight. Continue reading