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thoughts on leading a deliberate life

You Only Have Two Shoulders

Whenever people ask me who my biggest inspiration is, I tell them my grandfather. It's not that I don't have other people in my life who inspire me. There are many. My wife, for facing up to her everyday battles. My friend Sam, for his tireless pursuit of saving the...

Those Random Memories (Or How We Craft a Life)

"We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory." ~ Georges Duhamel. Recently, I've been having a running "battle" with my seven-year-old son, Ewan, around the topic of age. You see, this year, I will turn 49, and to Ewan,...

Making a Statement with Grateful Hearts

Acknowledgment is a state of mind and an emotion of being. It's a constant. It's the knowledge that no matter what, you have a network around you to keep you going, even in your darkest times. Friends; family; loved ones; colleagues; even virtual strangers online that...

When You’re 7 Years Old and Your World Dies Around You

"Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75." ~ Benjamin Franklin. In the early summer of 1976, my life was as any 7-year-old kid's life should be - fun, making new adventures, and looking forward to a long, glorious school holiday. Then, in the space of nine...

Life via a Six Inch Screen

"We do not remember days, we remember moments." ~ Cesare Pavese. One of my favourite comedians is Louis C.K. His knack for situational comedy stands him head and shoulders above any other comic, at least for me. One of his stories is about a time when he was watching...

Do Something That Gives You a Tale

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." ~ Lao Tzu. Often in life, we sit around waiting for something magical to happen. We watch movies, or read books, and say to ourselves, "Man, how I wish that could happen to me." And then we wait. But we shouldn’t...

Every Moment We Let Slip Away

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." ~ Joseph Campbell. Life is often shit, and it kicks us hard in places we don’t want to be kicked (unless that’s your thing, then kick away). But we can kick it right back. We...

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