About Rod's World

I have come across my passion late in life. 59 years old exactly. I found it one night at a film night I attended in a place called the Darebin Intercultural Centre. It was a Colombian film and I asked did they need volunteers. 14 months down the track I love the ethos of Interculturalism that is generated by the place. I have also started a business www.rodsrockingresearch.com. its purpose is empowering entrepreneurs to start their businesses from a rocking space.

Some day there won’t be a song in your heart, Sing anyway!!!


We are raised on music, from our mothers singing nursery rhymes to us to the top twenty hits we full in love with at primary school to listening to our parents music they play during the day and night that keep styles existing across the ages. As the title say someday there won’t be one of these songs in our heart, but it requests we sing anyway.

Nobody gets through life without losing someone they love, someone they need, or something they thought was meant to be. But it is these losses that make us stronger and eventually move us toward future opportunities for growth and happiness.

Over the past decade, I’ve had my share of painful Losses, Losing both of my parents and several friends. When the time of mourning was over in each circumstance, I pressed forward with a greater understanding and respect for life. Here are some things to contemplate:

  1. You are not what happened to you in the past.
  2. Focus on what you have,, not on what you don’t.
  3. Struggling with problems is a natural way of growing.
  4. It’s Okay to fall apart for a little while.
  5. Life is fragile, sudden, and shorter than it seems.
  6. Emotionally separate yourself from your problems.
  7. Don’t make a problem bigger than it is.
  8. View each challenge as an educational assignment.
  9. Things change, but the sun always rises the next day.
  10. Giving up and moving on are two very different things.
  11. Perfect relationships don’t exist.
  12. You must love yourself too.
  13. Don’t let others make decisions for you.
  14. Resentment hurts you, not them.
  15. Consciously nurture your inner hope.
  16. It’s better to be hurt by the truth than comforted by a lie.
  17. Not getting what you want can be a blessing.
  18. Laughter is the best medicine for stress.
  19. Worrying is literally a waste of energy.
  20. Even when it’s hard to move, take small steps forward.
  21. You are better off without some people you thought you needed.
  22. You are only competing against yourself.
  23. Life is not easy.
  24. Your future is unwritten.
  25. You are not trapped, you just need to relearn a few things.
  26. Everything in life is two-sided.
  27. You always have a choice.
  28. Let others in when you are in a dark place.
  29. If you ask negative questions, you will get negative answers.
  30. The end is a new beginning.

So given the power of music, I wonder what has been said about it over the centuries, Let’s have a look:

1. Indigenous societies still use this thusand yeay old method that western society replaced by pills.

2. Santayana is popularly known for aphorisms, such as “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, “Only the dead have seen the end of war”, and the definition of beauty as “pleasure objectified”. Although an atheist, he treasured the Spanish Catholic values, practices, and worldview in which he was raised. Santayana was a broad-ranging cultural critic spanning many disciplines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0cBhdvXfJA

3. Music could be said to be like a car. It warms you up, gets you there and back, and chills down at the end of the day.

4. John Legend wrote the hit song All of Me for his wife to cheer her up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=450p7goxZqg

5. Music can give you all of it.


6. From the 17th Century Ludwig Van Beethoven places a high value on music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv2WJMVPQi8

7. Considered the greatest classical composer of his time, here is another Ludwig quote.

8. Music covers all the conditions as Alex states, from calmness to being pumped up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y71iDvCYXA

9. Policy advice on what education should spend their money on from 300 B.C.

10 now called a Spotify list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VQ_3sBZEm0

11. A profound promise for the science of Music Therapy.

12. Wonderful Healing Codes from the world of music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWZmdoY1aTE&list=PLXZh40qo2oQlnhiKtJa6cHQMnaXYxP7Ay&index=7

13. In 2007 neurologist Oliver Sacks released his book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain in which he explores a range of psychological and physiological ailments and their intriguing connections to music.

14. We find that music is a relaxant time and time again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdQY7BusJNU

15. And for our final quote Nelson Mandela sets us free to dream wit the power of music.

Whether our heart has a song it or not, I believe the quotes talk to the powerful remedies that music has to offer on a day to day basis.

The playlist today contains the first classical track I have used in over 750 blogs. We begin with Shaina Noll then stay around this time frame with John Legend. Ludwig Van Beethoven is next who is followed by two rocky numbers from different periods of time, Elvis Costello and the Foo Fighters. The penultimate track is from Ed Sheeran and we finish with Cyndi Lauper: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYruGUWns9UHcFOQwbJznIYaQ

There is a world of music out there and I believe is supports my world ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. To spread the ethos around the world like my readers from 160 countries I have created a Facebook Group, Interculturalism, here is the link for you to join our tribe: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism.

Till we meet again my dear friends.

Your Contribution is a gift to the Community!!!


Several years ago I fell in love with a social enterprise in my home city of Melbourne called Lentil as Anything, a chain of restaurants run on a pay as you feel philosophy. The title of this blog is part of their ethos. A question for you: do you walk around thinking my contribution is a gift to the community or more like thinking I don’t really make much of a contribution. What is it that shifts you from the latter to the former.

When life pushes you over, stand up and push back even harder. When there is a fork in the road, make the ones your future self with thank you for. Today, start:

1.Choosing you.

2. Appreciating what you have.

3. Believing in yourself and your dreams.

4. Being Positive.

5. Taking Action

6. Letting Go.

7. Picking Yourself Back Up.

8. Ignoring Negative People.

9. Staying in touch with close friends and family.

10. Making Time for Fun.

11. Spread Love and Kindness.

12. Being the Change you want to see in the World.

I can imagine this is a battle that has gone on between our consciousnesses for a very long time, Let’s have a look at what people of note have said about it over the years:

1.I think this depends on who you ask?

2. Mr I am not your Guru who appears to be worshiped by his followers as a guru :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9lNbNGbo24

3. Reading his history Arthur Ashe, tennis player extraordinaire was a remarkable African American in a time at best they were called negro if not worse.

4. In history the first wise people were not remembered for what they achieved but what they contributed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMLChxRHnWM

5. The first female high school principal in the U.S.A., Ethel founded AARP, an elder activist organization which with membership of 28 million making its magazine and bulletin the two largest readerships in the USA.

6. Gautama Buddha chips in from 2,400 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzrCRDGctNE

7. I do not believe we have studied this one very well.

8. One of 15 surviving sailors on the battleship Arizona at Pearl Harbour, his book The Strangest Secret is considered one of the greatest motivational books of all time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc&list=PL3DDj3bwnjI1ywrjlCUY_9SX4OQgHr5KJ

9. The best remembered wife of a POTUS, Eleanor Roosevelt never began to die until she did.

10. And they left a word out of this quote, HER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLYqTZKEpvs

11. Live long and Prosper was made famous by Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock in his 50 year acting career.

12. No levels of government are contributing to their community if they have laws that do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpfpqsSALuY

13. Makes sense to me, but does it happen?

14. Another deep question to answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtZrPDjyffI

15 And the most famous POTUS with a very obtuse question to finish.

This collection of quotes shows that we have thought about contribution being a gift for a long time as a human race, I think we will for a long time in the future and perhaps even resolve the issue.

Today’s playlist goes all over the place, contributions of spoken word, the 80’s, the East and a very education video on black music. We begin with none of these, firstly is Gang Starr, then followed by Marianne Williamson. My unknown is next the Isha Foundation. My favourite Black Eyed Peas song leads us to Darryl Hall and John Oates. The penultimate song is Massive Attack and we finish with Music is Black History: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrtUz0w9taVPwST5DJcBuhWd

I believe my contribution that is a gift to the community is my ethos: Love and respect for All, Everybody Included and my two Facebook Groups: Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism and Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 to allow anyone across the planet join our merry little clan. Until we neet again, my dear friends.

Do people love each other?


Laugh when you can. Cry when you need to. Focus on your priorities. Make decisions not excuses. And always stand up to your values. Today is the perfect day to stand up and say:

  1. I am fighting hard for the things I want most.
  2. I an taking action now.
  3. I am focusing on the next positive step.
  4. I am proud to wear my truth.
  5. I have a lot to smile about.
  6. I am making the best of it.
  7. I am letting go of yesterday’s stress.
  8. There is enough time today to do something I Love.
  9. I am priceless in someone’s eyes.
  10. It’s not too late.

If we allowed each and every person in our lives to do and feel the above we could say that there is a modicum of love towards them in our life. What do we as the human race say about love over the generations, let’s take a look:

1. Love conquers all that other stuff.

2. The synergy of a strong relationship is a beautiful thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU&list=PLwNv9Hhd8gZjNoQdpd2kBa3fwXNeJjzDX&index=1

3. As we all need Maya!!!

4. It’s how much you put into it each and every day, Yowza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23W3wqAvsLg&list=PLwNv9Hhd8gZjNoQdpd2kBa3fwXNeJjzDX&index=14

5. From the man who wrote some of the greatest love songs on the planet.

6. Let’s vote for the second!!!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914&list=PLwNv9Hhd8gZjNoQdpd2kBa3fwXNeJjzDX&index=15

7. This is a ridiculously true statement in the realms of love.

8. Poet KD Defehr reminds us of the power of our heart brain, the area we fall in love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhaUnHJjS8A&list=PLwNv9Hhd8gZjNoQdpd2kBa3fwXNeJjzDX&index=16

9. From her home in Utah where she follows the Mormon faith Bonnie Parkin calls on us to love better.

10. Helen Keller has the right to say this, as she was both deaf and blind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8HOfcYWZoo&list=PLwNv9Hhd8gZjNoQdpd2kBa3fwXNeJjzDX&index=37

11. You get all the types of love that are available on offer.

12. We make resolutions that put a magic hue on life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB-5XG-DbAA&list=PLwNv9Hhd8gZjNoQdpd2kBa3fwXNeJjzDX&index=42

13. Dubbed “The Love Doctor” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Daphne has been a workshop leader at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California for more than 18 years and has done her signature emotional healing work with individuals, groups and couples for more than three decades.

14. Said to have broken up the Beatles, Yoko was John Lennon’s one and only true love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoOXbP7hmc0&list=PLwNv9Hhd8gZjNoQdpd2kBa3fwXNeJjzDX&index=77

15. And for our final lesson we return to our childhood friend, Dr Seuss.

Focus on those who love you and accept you for what you are, and shower them with the love and kindness they deserve. And above all, cherish the people who saw you when you were invisible to everyone else.

Today’s playlist is all love songs, some you may like, others may belong in your if I hear that song one more time I will puke category. Whitney leads us off followed by the Isley Brothers. Then a group often mentioned as one hit wonders, A Ha. Minnie Riperton is one of my all time faves so she gets the next gig. The queen of Love Ballads follows, Celine Dion, then we move up to modern times for Sam Smith and we finish with Marvin Gaye: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrsA7HHbnAiR8WZWCzbntC-q

Do people really love each other, I hope so under all those news stories and racial differences. That’s why I have created my two Facebook groups to spread my ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included across the planet giving the people from the 164 countries who read y blog to join them. They are Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/183421768519278 and Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949. If you wish to become a member of the tribes that stand for this you can join either or both. Until we meet again my dear friends.

Life is a Mystery to be Loved!!!


I have a handmade poster on the wall in my lounge room created by one of Melbourne’s most famous sculptors for a fundraiser held at Werner Erhard and Associates aka Landmark Education but you would not know the old name unless you were a veteran of the work. It has a title: Life is a mystery to be lived, Not a problem to be solved. I mistyped it as loved when I wrote the title of this blog and seeing there are no mistakes, or so they say it remains as that. Deborah was like that, she loved life and created the most quirky statues in our beloved city of Melbourne back in the 1980’s.

So what do you consider mysteries in your life, some fairly famous people made comment on it. Here are their contributions:

1. Well known author Dean Koontz whose novels are billed as suspense thrillers, but frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire claims our minds as hallways of mystery.

2. And Frank Herbert, sci fi author extraordinaire created many realities for us to experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s&list=PLgzTt0k8mXzH4S1z0Ny3y2mTkIMSf7APH

3. How boring would the planet Mary Oliver describes in this statement be.

4. But getting there is definitely a mystery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIhAK-dgng4&list=PLgzTt0k8mXzH4S1z0Ny3y2mTkIMSf7APH&index=2

5. And don’t forget the present as well.

6. Relate to life as a mystery, not wasted time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6x8EzloiXU&list=PLgzTt0k8mXzH4S1z0Ny3y2mTkIMSf7APH&index=4

7. And Bil gave the world the present of being a great cartoonist.

8. From one of the few people who have seen the earth from space comes this profound statement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qrOvBuWJ-c

9. This thought has passed through my mind often.

10. In your face from the man who had had an ism named after him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiH9edd25Bc

11. The curly headed one gets really profound in this quote about art and science.

12. I’ll contemplate this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxcDTUMLQJI

13. It’s okay, you are on the right path.

14. Such an empowering quote from Anais Nin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC-pLmriiTo&list=OLAK5uy_lcCeuQSSyK5bCWEMAMcDxRYW_GoBVlgz8

15. And we finish with a quote from the 18th century Russian novelist, philosopher, short story writer, essayist, and journalist, go out there and attain it.

This isn’t a perfect world. We’re probably on our one thousandth second chance right now and we are not ashamed to admit it. Because even though we have failed a lot, it means we have tried a lot too.

The only difference between an opportunity and an obstacle is attitude. Getting a second chance in life is about giving yourself the opportunity, the mystery to grow beyond your past failures. Here’s how:

  1. Let go of the past.
  2. Identify the lesson.
  3. Lose the negative attitude.
  4. Accept accountability for your current situation.
  5. Focus on the things you can change.
  6. Figure out what you really want.
  7. Eliminate the nonessential.
  8. Be specific.
  9. Concentrate on doing instead of not doing.
  10. Create a daily routine.
  11. Maintain self-control and work on it for real.
  12. Forget about impressing people.

Today’s playlist contains some famous artists as well, as well as one lengthy spoken word piece. We begin with Eminem, then my two unknowns, MKTO and Mike Perry. Then back to the seventies with David Bowie and George Harrison.The penultimate number is U2 and we complete with spoken words from Anias Nin: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYru-oyktakkeRTeHfW7mji_j

My major mystery in life is to work out what it would take to have the world ethos be Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. To spread this I have two Facebook groups, Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism and Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949. Any of you are welcome to join as you come from around the planet. Until we meet again, my dear friends.

Seeking an answer as you travel through life!!!


A little more about lock-down. Our latest rules are you are not allowed to have visitors and travel more than 25 Kilometres. Shops, cafes and restaurants are open with restrictions. No gyms, clubs or dances.Too much sweat for that. So what do you have to go through in this invasive times. It has brought up for me the tough times I have gone through in my life and some pf the things that have got me out of it at the end:

  1. Everything is as it should be.
  2. Often it’s not until you are lost that you can begin to find your true self.
  3. It’s usually the deepest pain that empowers you to grow to your full potential.
  4. One of the hardest decisions you will ever facein life is choosing to walk away.
  5. You have to take care of yourself first.
  6. One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.
  7. You may need to be single for a while.
  8. The only thing you can absolutely control is how toy react to things out of your control.
  9. Some people will lie to you.
  10. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.
  11. Yes, you have failed in the past.
  12. Everything is going to be all right – maybe not today, but eventually.

Relating to some of these in the lock down restores my faith, what do we think society has done in times of crisis to lift their spirits, lets take a walk down that path:

  1. Helen Keller is definitely a person who can speak on this subject.

2. Hope in this case could stand for Helping other people evolve: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5N3GC-m20

3. It has been scientifically proved that if you sing each and every day you will live longer.

4. How many times has this happened to you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbx7ss4F7JE

5. Smart people, the Chinese. They have been at it for centuries.

6. Where is your holy Ground: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCYNlgHniEc

7. One word, COVID.

8. Quite profound for a man who died over 140 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3oCS85HvpY

9. Faith, Now there’s an interesting concept, what do you think of it?

10. Both types, country and western, crises and joy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4m5jQy5A2U

11. They are intrinsically connected.

12. I’ll have to ponder this one a bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip5Q_BfJF8Q

13. Yes, Really. Really Brave, Yay!!!

14. To all my sistas who read this blog, I love you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AphKUK8twg&list=PLKtZUuJdgyawcaSGLnnWHVrE_wP2TCcrj

15. Thats why you are unique and have your own time to shine.

You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and let life happen. Because sometimes the truths you can’t change end up changing you and helping you grow,

Today’s playlist is epic. It contains many greats and one classic Australian rock anthem. We begin with George Michael followed by Cyndi Lauper, I love Cyndi Lauper. Australia’s entry Goanna is next Two fine indie bands in The Pixies and Mazzy Star follow. The penultimate track is by Eminem and we complete with Alice Keys, Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrsCZZqwHMmSuuo2LKNz6ejN

In times like Lock-downs you need a greater belief to keep you going. Mine is my ethos for the world: Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. You are invited to join the two Facebook groups I have created to spread the message world-wide. The first is Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/183421768519278. As most of you live overseas I would love for you to increase the international numbers. Until we meet again , my dear friends.

What helps you grow each day?


You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out Let go and let life happen. Because sometimes the truths you can’t change end up changing you and help you grow. Here are a few of those situations:

  1. Everything is going to be all right – maybe not today, but eventually.
  2. Yes, you have failed in the past.
  3. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.
  4. Some people will lie to you.
  5. The only thing you can absolutely control is how you react to things out of your control.
  6. You may need to be single for a while.
  7. One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.
  8. You have to take care of yourself first.
  9. One of the hardest decisions you will ever face in life is choosing to walk away.
  10. it’s usually the deepest pain that empowers you to grow to your full potential.
  11. Often it’s not until you are lost that you can begin to find your true self.
  12. Everything is as it should be.

Over the centuries societies have had different measurements of growth, kets have a look at some of them:

1. Great quote from one of the most successful authors of all time.

2. One step at a time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzT-ccVov4w

3. Thich Nhat Hanh is a very wise man and monk.

4. When you are feeling the pain is when you are working the hardest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc8t6BZUSJs&list=RDQM639Om4uqOVo&index=10

5. It’s the journey not the destination.

6. The line to the end of success is not one of a level surface: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlH3HdZO6Fc&list=PLIT1U6WS4aYBLwNPx8HxL7Hb8Gr5Z5lSn

7. Considered the paragon of Chinese sages, Confucius’s wisdom has survived from 400 years before the birth of Jesus.

8. We must look after our mind and heart in our growth patterns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJVW42s3vrk&list=PLD8UBiFGzyFYJ40BIAWw6bh2uS691z7Jo

9. This quote from Wayne J. Dyer is really in your face.

10. My first POTUS quote for quite a long time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqolSvoWNck

11. How long is your grass at the moment, is it growing?


12. Are you where you are meant to be, time to face the pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if7ahLQZtXc

13. Provision of good quality service is the ultimate social media buzzword.

14. I would add gratitude to the first stanza as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwgr_IMeEgA&list=PLhXQhpqBNAYsiwGQ6e4rxgbQ0gGVfKZ2u&index=15

15. Failing gives you the opportunity to move on to a place you have not been.

So growth can be invigorating or a path of pain or both, its our choice.

Today’s play list begins with a classic Australian anthem by Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins. We follow up with a beautiful cover by Songs around the World. Back to the 70s with Jim Croce then to Pop Diva land with Shakira. Then the most famous birthday song by Marilyn Monroe. The penultimate number is a rocker from Linkin Park and we complete with Andra Day:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrvo-hOp-Lfe6Zldv67jGEzy

Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included, my ethos for life which I spread via my two Facebook groups, Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism. You are welcome to join either group to support the ethos around the world. Until we meet my dear friends.

Is it appropriate to …


Appropriateness, who decides what is and what is not in our lives. Is it the giver or receiver? I heard of a case of a young woman who suffered from anxiety who had turned eighteen who parents were finding it difficult to hand over responsibility to her as she was now a legal adult. Do you support the parents who had raised her up to this point in her life or hand over the reins to the young woman and allow her to land on her feet or learn what she needs to in life by failing a few times, remember their are no mistakes, only lessons in life.

To become strong at some period in your life you must learn to fly on your own, to leap out of the nest and flap your wings and trust that you will be able to fly. Some people do it at a younger age than others, they say some people never do it, so what has society said about the appropriateness of leaping out of the nest to fly on your own, lets take a leap:

1. Imagine if our education system was based on this premise.

2. If it does now work the first day, repeat the dose of courage on the second and the third: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy7Iu6NlD-w

3. Mr Nietzsche never wrote simple statements, lots in this one.

4. How many times was it for you ?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VQ_3sBZEm0

5. Take the chance, jump out of the nest.

6. Judgements, Old ideas, Self-Doubts,make your list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-w9OclUnns

7. If the slowest moving creature can, I think you are up to it!!!

8. I didn’t expect to be using a Shakira quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6rP-YP4c5I

9. Some people fall and break further than others, there is a way back.

10. A lot of us get this the wrong way around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eyMLeFvVBg

11. Soaring, one of my flight dreams, If I could fly unaided it would be OK to go.

12. Natsu “Salamander” Dragneel is a fictional character and protagonist of the Fairy Tail manga series created by Hiro Mashima: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmmbJlWhtk

13. Known as the caterpillar theory.

14. What are you dreams that have made you soar in the sky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAg3uMlNyHA

15. Cord cutting time, methinks.

So here is a quick reminder of some of life’s flight manual rules:

  1. You are the only person responsible for your success.
  2. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
  3. There is no progress without action.
  4. Persistence always wins.
  5. Focus is Everything.
  6. Failure is necessary.
  7. Positivity fuels productivity.
  8. You must believe you can.
  9. Helping others is a big part of being successful.

Today’s playlist contains two animations. We begin with Pink followed by two bands from different eras, The Foo Fighters and The Band. Then pop diva Shakira. My unknown band is Illenium. The penultimate track is the Afters and we complete with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrvVZjgUPLOmIFbtR001aSMm

I see us allowing people to fly as part of my ethos Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included. I have created two Facebook groups to help spread this across the planet. They are Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism. Feel free to join either by clicking on the links.

Until we meet again my dear friends.

What do you talk about with your Friends?


It’s been a while, must have been time for a break.

Covid, Lockdown – what did you do over the lock-down period, are you still in lock-down? In Melbourne, Australia, my home town we are lucky enough to have come out of lock-down a couple of months ago. My lock-down looked like 2 months in a psychiatric unit after a couple of months of mental health breakdown, then a beautiful affair, then several months of having one person be able to visit me. It was quite a long period of time.

in the two months or so since we have been allowed to amble out to eat with each other, dance with each other, People seem to be more honest in as to how they are truly feeling. Two conversations I had over the last weekend are great examples of this. I make chai at a dance called Mojo – The Dance of Connection and was sitting in the kitchen area when a German friend of mine sat down next to me so I did the polite thing and asked her how she was going, the conversation finished half an hour later as she told me of her sadness at having been retrenched from her university due to the lack of the funding from the International student market and that she would be going home when the air routes reopened.

The second conversation was with the women I consider has the most beautiful heart in our conscious community. She asked me how I had been, and I decided not to answer fine and told her my Lockdown story, which gave her space to tell me how she had been on a extremely deep journey of suffering bouts of anxiety herself. I felt honoured that she had told me and it just had not been a I’m Fine.

So what have the bards said about communication over the centuries, lets have a look:

1. It may be a lot of words, or it may be total silence.

2. Eckhart says Love is all you need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b0_hzeqeoc

3. Pretty basic formulae between life and death.

4. If it remains inside, it can still cause those scars to cause harm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0cBhdvXfJA

5. This is the way you find out who fits in yours.

6. I assume you…not the answer you are looking for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBU1_4CZJLM

7. Paulo Friere is a Brazilian educator whose book Pedagogy of the Oppressed is the third most cited book in the Social Sciences.

8. How many of these do you have in your life?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNHBT7wjqVI

9. Or maybe the Yellow Brick Road.

10. Have you ever looked across a room and suddenly felt your primal urges surge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOIS5taqA8

11. Something I battle with , the urge to reply not listen to what is being said.

12. Great question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3By4DZyTNM

13. Remarkable how many times this does not happen in communication, both being understood.

14. I’m learning about the three hearts – The Mind , The heart, and the gut: I imagine that’s what this is talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8HOfcYWZoo

15. Pilot and Author, Anne Lindbergh went from fascism to the green movement over her lifetime.

There is also the need to communicate to yourself fully, here are some ways to do that:

  1. Wash your hands and face.
  2. Change your socks.
  3. Call a close friend.
  4. Stretch.
  5. Go outdoors.
  6. Take a light exercise break.
  7. Dress to feel your best.
  8. Listen to your favourite music.
  9. Take a few, deep controlled breaths
  10. Clear your stuffed nose.
  11. Cook a good meal.
  12. Walk away from energy vampires.
  13. Complete an important piece of unfinished business.
  14. Work on something that is meaningful for you.
  15. Assist someone in need.
  16. Think about your latest (or greatest) success.
  17. Act like today is already an awesome day.
  18. Notice what’s right.
  19. Take a moment to acknowledge how far you have come.

If you are truly communicating with yourself it makes it easier to do it with others, make yourself the promise that you will be honest in as many situations as you can, remember practice makes perfect.

Today’s playlist covers many aspects of communication, ending up in Love. We begin with The Beatles then move to the New Age of Shaina Noll. My new discovery is next: Grace Vanderwaal. What would communication be without Dionne and her Friends. Back a few years to Kim Carnes. The penultimate track is from Disturbed and we end with Celine Dion: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrvDOtC5ps0iS5cd3Z890nVy

My ethos of communication is Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included, I have created two Facebook Groups to spread it around the world. The first is Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to Humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism. You can join either group by clicking on the links.

Until we meet again, my dear friends.

Don’t dismiss the power of caffeine and headphones!!!


Writing, it fills up my life. I used to write essays for other people at school and got caught because of my unique style. The pain my friend I had done it for when she was asked by our English teacher what did she mean by the interaction between the characters was debilitating.

You know how you get countless ads on Facebook these days, well one I got was for a Writing poster, the quotes are brilliant, so I thought I would pass them onto you:

  1. Writing is a calling, a beckon of the Voice within to be written.
  2. The Art to Writing is to write like Art.
  3. Don’t overthink it, just sit down and write.
  4. If you keep coming back to it, It’s worth writing about.
  5. Great tides of Words rise within and all you can do write until none are left.
  6. Writing is a struggle. With Words. With Blank Space. With one’s very self.
  7. It doesn’t need to be published or polished. Or perfect. It does need to be written.
  8. Everything you experience fuels your writing. Pay attention. Take notes. Snap pictures. Don’t be creepy.
  9. You are a writer, you were touched by the divine. For who else can create worlds from nothing and life by mere thought.
  10. Either writing is a priority or it ceases to exist.
  11. Inspire yourself Daily.
  12. Don’t dismiss the power of caffeine and headphones to combat writer’s block.
  13. Be prepared to sacrifice great pieces of writing and near-perfect words – parts of you that bled to get on the page.
  14. Write equally when you have no ideas as to when you have a hundred.
  15. Embrace the Muse. Whenever. Wherever. However.
  16. Trust your Inner Voice. It’s the better writer.
  17. Your job is to put words on paper. Make them the right ones later.
  18. Write honestly. Write Fearlessly. Write True. But above all, Write.

The great thing about writers, eve the famous one, they like writing quotes as much as they do books, lets have a look:

1. 6 pretty good reasons to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboards.

2. Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell known professionally as Anaïs Nin was a French-Cuban-American diarist, essayist, novelist and writer of short stories and erotica. Born to Cuban parents in France, Nin was the daughter of composer Joaquin Nin and Rosa Culmell, a classically trained singer. Nin spent her early years in Spain and Cuba, about sixteen years in Paris (1924–1940), and the remaining half of her life in the United States, where she became an established author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwP9qx4A9Lw

3. I think you could replace poems with many other words.

4. The demon that drove him to write two of the biggest selling books in history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJORm7Hgt94

5. That is why you must pass them around your circle.

6. Life occurs then we reinterpret it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na7lIb09898

7. A man who cost many people many sleepless nights, what do you think he means?

8. Have you ever run out of water on your writing journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1LV780urhI

9. Quite a list from Mr. Orwell, some people call him a genius.

10. I fully agree with this anonymous list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgBJmlPo8Xw

11. A humourish reason to write.

12. The profession of a really great liar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTZoJ01FpD8

13. It will not be still, so true.

14. Mirror, Mirror on the wall which is the true experience of all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzZ_urpj4As

15. And our final lesson comes from possibly the worlds greatest beat poet.

I wrote this over three sessions, a day and a half, something I have never done before, perhaps they taught me something about writing.

Today’s playlist covers many decades. We begin with spoken word by Anais Nin, then stay back in the last century with David Bowie. We rap it out with Missy Elliot then move to one of Australia’s greatest unknown singers Murray Kyle. Moving up to today with Billie Ellish then way back to Thunderclap Newman, and completing with Michael Jackson: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYruTKuN-bJunwUnFYbmt31aV

Today I acknowledge my greatest piece of writing as my ethos: Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. Until we meet again my dear friends.

Give someone a Smile!!


I’ve gone back to getting my subjects for my blogs off my kitchen wall. The title for this one comes from my We build Tribes chart. The purpose is to build a purpose-driven community, I actually have two: They are Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism and Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to Humankind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949. Both have the ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included at their core.

Each community has the following behind it:

  1. 10,000 people woke up this morning shedding private tears because they need a solution to their problem. You have that solution, go find them.
  2. No other individual was placed upon this earth to do what you were uniquely born to do. Be you and the world will transform.
  3. We live in an abundant world, allow that abundance to flow through you and you will never be without it.
  4. Build a tribe that changes the very fabric of society, That is what you were born to do.
  5. Whatever your goal, dream or desire is, It’s yours for the taking. Never accept you can’t.
  6. Be consumed with a vision for tomorrow, go there in your own life and people will follow.
  7. In a world of increasing isolation, be the campfire that attracts friends, laughter and authentic moments of transformation.
  8. No-one ever got lucky, true success flows from consistency and persistency. Never, ever give up.
  9. It’s going to be hard, It’s going to be tough. Remember, when you quit, No one wins.
  10. Be their leader, be their servant, be their guide. But whatever you do. Make sure you “be”.
  11. Don’t ever love others to the detriment of loving yourself. There is no one more important than you.
  12. Rest, love, allow yourself to be loved. For as much as you feel the world rests on your shoulders, it doesn’t.
  13. Support one another, cherish one another, inspire one another. We can make an even greater impact when we do so together.
  14. Give someone a smile, give them money, give them a moment – when you have the capacity to do so… give.
  15. With money comes influence, impact and opportunity – freedom comes when we cease fearing the pursuit of money & we embrace it.

So what has society said about communities – lets walk down that path:

1. Read that word, everyone, all 7 billion of us.

2. And her partner was Martin Luther King Junior, hear him speak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixfwGLxRJU8

3. Do you know what your community cares about?

4. Author of the Courage to Create, this quote speaks profoundly of the power of communication: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN6VR92V70M

5. We all know a community needs more than one colour.

6. Another religious guru facing abuse allegations. Bill Hybels has a lot to reconcile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-6zYv9hCow

7. From little things , big things grow.

8. My purpose to make my communities safe places: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHvTWvKIPHo

9. How many friendships I have made simply asking would you like to go for a coffee?


10. Give someone a smile, give them money, give them a moment – when you have the capacity to do so… give: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8QV6ffjIYU


11. Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity”. It is sometimes translated as “I am because … Language.

12. Very profound, Marianne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxGLPVvNjvY

13. Boom!!!

14. And my favourite dance crew are the Desert Dwellers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAuAcC6-5ds

15. This one touches my soul.

I have had faith in intentional communities to transform out planet, it will take something but to me has always been possible.

Today’s playlist is truly eclectic. We begin with Martin Luther King’s most famous speech. Then one of my favourite pop divas, Taylor Swift. An Aussie legend follows, Lee Morgan. Then another of my favourite spoken word giants, Maya Angelou. Back to the 60s or 70s with Bread. Ava Max is the penultimate track, then we finish my favourite dance crew, The Desert Dwellers: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrsTT_-LiPDrKqshrgpwBoPh

So I will complete with my ethos one more time: Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included. Until we meet afain my dear friends.