Not on my watch, Anymore!!


I wrote the following in my Facebook news feed two days after New Zealand:

I am sitting in Preston Town Hall at the Multicultural fair, cultural diversity Festival 2019. There are hijab’s and henna painted hands everywhere, so many different cultures. Firstly I went to the Preston Mosque, ironically the day after NZ they had already invited their neighbours so they could meet and enjoy a meal together. I was privileged to hear the Imaan give his welcome speech and his communities comment on NZ. I firstly had spent an hour having my hand shaken by both Muslim men and women thanking me for being there, I did not know if it is cool to walk around a mosque with tears flowing from your eyes so I sort of controlled it. The Imaan spoke of common humanity, then of a noble death, where you are looked after in the afterlife. He quoted the Koran where it says if you kill an innocent human being you kill the spirit of the human race. I made a promise to myself at that moment I will do everything in my power that this will never happen again on my watch. 

I picked up my friend and extraordinary poet Ari Amal’s beautiful tome: The Details and the Infinite when I got home and opened it to the following poem, it spoke to my heart, here is her webpage link: Find out about Ari.

May All The Blossoms Within You Unfurl

It only takes one brave bud

To start a revolution

So to the buds in you that are yearning to burst open

These words are for you:

Darling ones

Spring has come

It is time to become

All that you are

So lift your face to the sun

& laugh with the sky

For even your fragrance is a Gift

To those who happen by

It only takes one brave bud

To start a revolution

So tell me,

Who amongst you will inspire 

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I don’t think the human being who committed the heinous act in Christchurch had read it, who amongst us will do what it takes to transform the world into the majestic place it could be. What have we written about it, let’s take a look:

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1. One of the bravest acts a human being , can commit in their lifetime, be themselves in the face of the crap society throws at them not to be.

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2. Can’t read their name, but I have enjoyed the revolution, my artistic friends have created for the past 45 years: Art for Art’s Sake.

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3. “Nisker’s book (Essential Crazy Wisdom) is twenty-three times more liberating than the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran combined. It may be crazy to say such a thing but it is also wise.”  — Tom Robbins, author.

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4. From the Black Panthers, if you don’t know who they are, google it. It’s not about the people, it’s about their stand: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

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5. Begin one today.

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6. No Isaac Newton here, grow some: Formation.

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7. Donald Trump, Scott Morrison and other far-right world leaders, Jacinda and us mob, we are coming for you.

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8. Dorothy got this answer to a question, I don’t accept it: Que Sera Sera.

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9. A revolution of desire has given us today’s world, pick again.

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10. Will it be yours, what area in your life will it be: Stir It Up.

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11. He, Joseph Stalin may have got carried away with his zeal but I get his point, just don’t go over the top like Uncle Joe did.

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12. When I read George’s books, I decided Tyrion Lannister was one of the great characters in literature. Not just fantasy literature – literature! A brilliant, caustic, horny, drunken, self-flagellating mess of a man. And there was only one choice to play him.”: Never Forget You.

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13. And, Go!!

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14. If you are decluttering your house to do this, stop it: Smooth Operator.

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15. And finally to my Mojo crew, Awakening Women for Men brothers, Warrior of Love travellers, Dancing Eros sisters in male bodies, Expand the Box and Possibility Lab cronies, my ISTA family and my siblings Hugo, Ruthie and Jann, two words, Fuck Yes!!

I think writing this has helped the sadness I feel in my gut for what happened in New Zealand, time to grow some and go.

I like today’s playlist, it has some of music’s icons and one of my favourite spoken word jazz tracks: 10cc with a classic head it off, Gill Scott-Heron then some diva pop from Beyonce. Then we go way back to Dorothy Day. The certified legend Bob Marley follows, next is new to me but not ten million people, The Noisettes, and we finish with the always sensual Sade: Not on my Watch, Anymore.

Do I really have to say it, We need Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included or we all may not wake up one day because we thought everything was OK and someone will prove that wasn’t true in an ultimate way.

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Be your own self, Love what you Love.


You are powerful when you believe in yourself – when you know that you are capable of anything you put your mind to. You are beautiful when your strength and determination shines as you follow your own path – when you aren’t dishevelled by the obstacles along the way. You are unstoppable when you let your mistakes educate you, as your confidence builds from experiences – when you know you can fall down, pick yourself up, and move forward. 

These inspiring words are from Marc Chernoff, he also provides 11 ways to become this person:

  1. Stop judging, and appreciate the beauty within you.
  2. Treat yourself the way you want others to treat you.
  3. Care less about who you are to others.
  4. Know your worth.
  5. Don’t rush intimate relationships.
  6. Let go of those who aren’t really there.
  7. Forgive yourself and others.
  8. Focus on the Positive.
  9. Believe in the person you are capable of being.
  10. Work on Goals you believe in.
  11. Keep working and looking straight forward.

This chapter is entitled 11 ways to become the person you love, so lets have a look at what society has said about being the person you love:

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1. Amazing work! Kaci Diane has found a way to capture her raw emotions in a way that allows the reader to join her on a journey of hopes, dreams, ups and downs. You feel the highs and lows of each poem as Kaci gives you a glimpse into her heart and soul.”

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2. Feel that yearning deep in your soul: Yearning for Your Love.

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3. I’m sure when we pop out that this is in place.

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4. A million dollars worth: Who Says.

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5. A classic from the world’s great philosopher, Ms Unknown.

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6. Unrecognisable is the word that comes to mind for me: I Gotta Feeling.

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7. And your answer is?

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8.  Lalah hangs out in Mind, body, spirit, and life; wellness, wholeness, empowerment, and transformation, through Vibrational-based living, vibrating higher daily: Change Your Life.

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9. They travel everywhere together.

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10. The good things at both ends, changes the meaning of the classic burning at both ends analogy doesn’t it: Somewhere over the Rainbow.

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11. Seven Billion No one is You’s, amazing. Go and fly.

 

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12. When self-obsession becomes a powerful tool in your armoury: Love Me.

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13. Out, damn thought – William Shakespeare, well, nearly.

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14. Bravery and Brene Brown, touche: Shame is Lethal.

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15. Bette Midler!!

In the end, loving yourself os about enjoying your life, trusting your own feeling. taking chances, losing and finding happiness, cherishing the memories, and learning from the past. Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting. Have faith that things will work out maybe not exactly how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be.

Today’s playlist is crowded with pop divas and some worldly advice. We begin with ex-members of the Gap Band, Charles Wilson and Tyrese, then our first diva Selena Gomez. The Black Eyed Peas appear before divas Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Kate Perry. We finish with the wisdom of Brene Brown: Be your own self, Love what you Love.

Becoming the person you love allows you to love others: Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included, I look forward to seeing you again next time we meet, my dear friends.

 

Work While They Sleep, Learn While They Party!!


This blog may be a bit long, it is based on a list by Robin Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari called Top 200 Secrets of Success In Life, Here they are:

  1. Sleep less.
  2. Set aside one hour every morning for personal development matters.
  3. Do not allow things that matter suffer because of things that don’t.
  4. Use the Rubber Band method to condition your mind to focus.
  5. Always answer the phone with enthusiasm.
  6. Keep a set of blank cards so you can jot down your inspirational ideas.
  7. Set aside every Sunday evening for yourself.
  8. The quality of your life is the quality of your communication.
  9. Stay on purpose, not on outcome.
  10. Laugh for five minutes in the mirror each morning.
  11. Light a candle in the evening when you are reading.
  12. Count your steps when you walk.
  13. Learn to meditate effectively.
  14. Learn to be still.
  15. Enhance your will-power.
  16. Be humorous throughout the day.
  17. Become a highly disciplined time manager.
  18. Associate with positive people.
  19. Become devoted to having only a wonderful experience.
  20. You must have a mission statement in life.
  21. No one can hurt you without your permission.
  22. Take a speed reading course.
  23. Remember people’s names.
  24. Be soft as a flower when it comes to kindness.
  25. Only discuss your health and wealth with your family.
  26. Be truthful, modest and generous.
  27. Soak in a warm bath at the end of the day.
  28. Learn the power of breathing.
  29. Recognise the power of autosuggestion.
  30. Maintain a diary.
  31. Stress is merely a response which you create.
  32. Read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
  33. Become a committed audio-tape listener.
  34. Fast one day every two weeks.
  35. Listen to soft, soothing music throughout the day.
  36. Read As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.
  37. Remember that forgiveness is a virtue few develop.
  38. Empty your Cup.
  39. Practice The Two Minute Mind meditation.
  40. Drink a cup of warm water before making a speech.
  41. Stand firm and steadfast.
  42. Act Tough, and you will be Tough.
  43. Ask now what the world can do for you, but what can you do for the world.
  44. Once a week, arise at dawn.
  45. Remain slightly aloof.
  46. Master the art of Public Speaking.
  47. Seek out motivational speakers and listen to them.
  48. Read Discovering Happiness by Denis Wholey.
  49. Read a passage in a book, then try to recite it verbatim
  50. Enter a 5km run then a 10km race.
  51. Burn Orange and Clove essential oils in your burner.
  52. Walk for half an hour after your evening meal.
  53. Start lifting weights.
  54. Never argue with the person you work for.
  55. Dark Suits reflect power, wear them.
  56. Send handwritten notes to your relationships, work and family.
  57. Balance and moderation.
  58. Drink Jasmine Tea.
  59. Effective time management makes you more flexible.
  60. Do not take personal development books as gospel.
  61. Become an adventurer.
  62. Spend Time with Nature.
  63. Mens Sana in corpore Sano – In a sound body rests a sound mind.
  64. Be so strong nothing interferes with your peace of mind.
  65. Do not eat three hours before you sleep.
  66. Be careful about your reputation.
  67. Find mentors to learn and model on.
  68. Make a list of all your weaknesses.
  69. Never complain.
  70. Overlook the weaknesses of your friends.
  71. Be kind, considerate and courteous.
  72. Create your image as a highly competent individual.
  73. Do not reveal everything, familiarity breeds contempt is an excellent rule.
  74. Learn to organise your time.
  75. Keep well informed.
  76. Choosing your life partner is the most critical decision you will make.
  77. Never discuss your personal development activities with anyone, they are yours.
  78. Schedule relaxation time in your week.
  79. To truly concentrate, close your eyes.
  80. Be the master of your will but a servant of your conscience.
  81. Develop the habit of a daily swim.
  82. Do good every day.
  83. Do what you planned to do when you intended to do it.
  84. Use the Bruce Lee worry visualisation exercise to dissipate worry.
  85. Compartmentalise your worries.
  86. Be physically relaxed and mentally engaged.
  87. Yoga.
  88. Prepare a detailed 5-year financial plan and follow it.
  89. Readers are Leaders.
  90. Read something positive before you go to bed.
  91. Develop a dynamic, charismatic personality.
  92. Seek out the wise and learn from them.
  93. Gentleness, Frugality, Humility – Lao Tzu.
  94. When you cannot make up your mind – choose the bolder.
  95. Be your spouse’s number one supporter.
  96. Meet with three wise people in the next two weeks, take their counsel.
  97. Make each day a true masterpiece.
  98. Discipline your mind or lose your energy.
  99. You sow an action, you reap a habit.
  100. Positive overcomes the negative.
  101. A contented mind is a continual feast.
  102. Make a new friend or acquaintance every day.
  103. If you conquer your mind, you capture the world.
  104. Stay happy not build possessions.
  105. Contrary to popular belief, stress is not a bad thing.
  106. Take mental vacations during the day.
  107. A change is useful as a rest.
  108. Study the ten fundamental of Happiness.
  109. Strive to be humble and live a simple life.
  110. Read A History of Knowledge by Charles Van Doren.
  111. Read The Art of The Leader by William A. Cohen.
  112. Develop that elusive quality known as charisma.
  113. In work, love and life, play hard and play fair.
  114. Do not talk when you are listening.
  115. Be angry for a purpose, not just angry for anger’s sake.
  116. Knowledge is Power.
  117. All the answers to any questions are in print, Google It.
  118. Get in the habit of breakfast meetings.
  119. Have a swimming pool near your residence, it will not matter how busy you are.
  120. Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
  121. Today is yesterday’s pupil.
  122. If you have a choice of two paths, take the most daring.
  123. Every day, get away from the noise.
  124. Focus on goals that are important.
  125. Memorise beautiful poetry.
  126. Keep your words soft and arguments hard.
  127. This will soon pass.
  128. Go the extra mile.
  129. Become a committed and sincere networker.
  130. When you look for something, you will find it.
  131. Develop a sense of wonder about the world.
  132. Do more than writing happy birthday on Facebook for your beloveds.
  133. Remember to use people’s names when you talk to them.
  134. Go outdoors and look up for half an hour.
  135. Once every few weeks leave your phone and watch at home.
  136. Laugh at work.
  137. Master your life, and you master your destiny.
  138. Recognise the tremendous power of opposition thinking.
  139. Get deep in the habit of personal introspection.
  140. The most effective alarm clock resides in your mind.
  141. They say “Why”. I dream and say “Why Not”.
  142. Practice meditation at the same time each day.
  143. Forge and foster great friendships.
  144. Purchase Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue CD.
  145. Drink ten glasses of water a day.
  146. Be punctual.
  147. If you are busy, do not answer the phone.
  148. Start your day off well.
  149. Confide in your partner.
  150. Push yourself a little harder and further every day.
  151. Optimism.
  152. Write down the seven best qualities of people you admire, tape to your bed.
  153. Have your character be healthy and vigorous.
  154. Consider yourself as an orange.
  155. Give and Serve to Others.
  156. Be an innovator at your workplace.
  157. Learn to Laugh at Yourself.
  158. Keep open the windows of your mind.
  159. Go through one full day without saying I.
  160. Spend one hour a day awake in full silence.
  161. Each day, do two things you do not like doing.
  162. Achieve your Goals for true happiness.
  163. Remember the names of the people you meet, ask them to repeat it.
  164. Indominability. Courtesy, Integrity.
  165. Perform the Mental Innterupt device exercise when a negative thought arises.
  166. Take time to focus on personal growth activities.
  167. Read more, learn more, laugh more, and love more.
  168. Improve five relationships in the next six months.
  169. Remember the power of prayer.
  170. Listen to The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.
  171. Utilise your phones daily organiser.
  172. Browse second-hand stores for treasures.
  173. Read The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol.
  174. Be known as someone with a cool head.
  175. Every week, spend some hours in service of others.
  176. Fill your home with bright, fresh flowers.
  177. Get to know and enjoy your neighbours.
  178. Recognise the power of mantras.
  179. When the breath is still and steady, so is the mind.
  180. Use the one day to live visualisation.
  181. Study evidence of high character.
  182. Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind.
  183. Chinese herbal medicine.
  184. Organise your time around your real priorities.
  185. Slow down your pace of life.
  186. Eat only fruit and drink milk for a day.
  187. Value your spouse’s laugh and keep their picture close by.
  188. If married, have your partners initials carved on your ring.
  189. What you put in is what you get out. Positive, not negative.
  190. Do a hundred sit-ups a day.
  191. Be the most honest person you know.
  192. Curb your worldly desires, and you will strengthen your will.
  193. If you have not laughed today, you have not lived today.
  194. Read The Charisma Factor by Robert J. Richardson and S, Katharine Thayer.
  195. Travel Often.
  196. Each month set a physical goal for yourself.
  197. Things are created twice, the mental creation and physical creation.
  198. Walk to work and notice the beauty of nature.
  199. Sleep less, spend less, do more. Live longer and be more magnificent.
  200. Read this book over and share it with others.

What would you add to Robin’s list, what are your self-care practices for success and what does society say about success, let’s have a look at what it has to say:

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1. Being focused and in action gets it done according to Trudy.

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2. Remember to smell the roses along the path: Stop and Smell the Roses.

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3. Nothing and Everything, both extremes can be successful.

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4. Be successful in the every day and quantum success can be built in it: From Little Things, Big Things Grow.

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5. Walk your unique path, you are not meant to wear another’s shoes.

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6. Don’t be a usual suspect: I Bet My Life.

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7. From the most famous philosopher, Ms Unknown comes this uncommon quote.

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8. Don’t be fascinated by it and it will seek you out: Go Your Own Way.

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9. Mistakes, make them. Call out for Help.

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10. Blogger turned New York Times best-selling author and speaker Mandy Hale is the creator of the social media movement, “The Single Woman.” With a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never, ever settle, Mandy cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, witty, and often wildly humorous take on life and love: Breathe Me.

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11. Seek what you love, and you will never work another day in your life.

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12. Do you want it enough to do what you need to make it happen: Whenever, Wherever.

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13. Turn the mind way down.

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14. On and On and On and On: Life Goes On.

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15. Are you for hire, how much do you charge?

For some success is dollars, for some the ideal relationship, for others having children, there is not one situation that fulfils success, find yours and seek it out with all you have to give.

Today’s playlist begins with Mac Davis, then the classic Oz duo Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody. Imagine Dragons are next, then we rock it out with Fleetwood Mac. Two pop divas follow, Sia and Shikhara. We finish with the rapper Tupac: Work While They Sleep, Learn While They Party.

I see success for humanity as being via Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included. Let’s move towards that until next time we meet, my dear friends.

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The Pain of the Process is only Temporary.


Wish you had more wellbeing? Are you longing for an evidence-based approach to consistently feel good and function more effectively at work? Do you need busy-proof practices to help you more confidently navigate the lows and highs we all experience?

What if you had a toolkit to unleash accomplishment. If you purchase Your Wellbeing Blueprint: Feeling Good and Doing Well at Work by Michelle Mcquaid and Dr Peggy Kern you get one: Get It Here.

There are seven levels to the tool kit, here they are:

  1. Setting Goals That Work – Know what you Want, Audit your Time, Stretch Yourself, Set Weekly Goals.
  2. Being Hopeful – Map Your Hopes, Start a Passion Project, Find Hopeful Friends.
  3. Practising Growth Mindset – Set Learning Goals, Get comfortable with Failure, Name your fixed Mindset, Growth Mindset Reflection.
  4. Developing Grit – Draw a Grit Map, Ask for Help, Invest in Deliberate Practice.
  5. Boosting Your Confidence – Strike a Power Pose, Take One Small Step, Acknowledge “Not Yet”.
  6. Being Self-Compassionate – Create a Mantra, Write a Letter, Soothe Your Pain, Remember to be Kind.
  7. Improving Your Resilience – Challenge Your Beliefs, Lean into the Suck, Ban “Always”, Flex Your Stress Mindset.

Shakespeare said, “Joy’s soul lies in the doing.” How has society written about this journey, Let’s take a look:

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1. Do what you love for work, and you will never work another day in your life.

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2. Burn, Baby, Burn: Burning Down the House.

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3. Charles Franklin Kettering sometimes known as Charles “Boss” Kettering was an American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 186 patents. He was a founder of Delco and was head of research at General Motors from 1920 to 1947. Among his most widely used automotive developments were the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline.

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4. When you pass they will remember you for who you were, not what you owned: When I’m Gone.

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5. The dreams, they’re on the other side.

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6. Kids say such amazing things until we train it out of them: Lot To Learn.

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7. Eric Thomas, PhD is a critically acclaimed author, World-renowned speaker, educator, pastor and audible.com Audie Awards Finalist. ET, as he is better known, has taken the world by storm, with his creative style and high-energy messages. His words continue to impact tens of millions of people in several hundred countries across the planet!  Through a significant social media presence and his recent domestic and international tours, “ET, The Hip Hop Preacher” has become a global phenomenon!

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8. Boom: Tomorrow.

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9. You, Yourself, I.

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10. I learnt an expression at Landmark Education I will never forget, what you don’t know you didn’t know: Heaven.

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11. Katie Byron calls it the Work, you need to do it.

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12. of course, it’s Judy and Somewhere over the rainbow…: Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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13. Two very similar statements with totally different meanings.

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14. I believe in miracles and unicorns, do you?: You Sexy Thing.

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15. And the final lesson, Yes, You are that person.
With more than 100 positive interventions to choose from, this book gives you everything you need to become an informed, confident, and active steward of your own wellbeing so you can wholeheartedly show up and be fully engaged in life — whatever it throws at you.

I really like today’s eclectic playlist. It begins with Talking Heads, moves over to Eminem, then another rapper in Luke Christopher. To the world of the musical with a track from Annie. The beautiful voice of Kane Brown is next, then the legend who is Judy Garland finishing with the sexy tones of Hot Chocolate: The Pain of the Process is Only Temporary.

So one of my accomplishments is to have Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included is part of common day language. Join me in spreading it until we meet again, my dear friends.

You Never Realise How Strong You Are!!


There are ways to embrace growth and ways to stay stuck. When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you. Here are a few things that you can give up:

  1. Give up trying to be perfect.
  2. Give up comparing yourself to others.
  3. Give up dwelling on the past or worrying too much about the future.
  4. Give up Complaining.
  5. Give up holding grudges.
  6. Give up waiting.
  7. Give up lying.
  8. Give up trying to avoid mistakes.
  9. Give up saying, “I can’t”.
  10. Give up trying to be everything to everyone.
  11. Give up thinking you’re not ready.
  12. Give up setting small goals for yourself.
  13. Give up trying to do everything by yourself.
  14. Give up buying things you don’t need.
  15. Give up blaming others for your troubles.
  16. Give up making mountains out of molehills.
  17. Give up trying to live out of the expectations of others.
  18. Give up the ‘Easy Street’ mentality.
  19. Give up making promises you can’t keep.
  20. Give up letting your thoughts and feelings bottle up inside.
  21. Give up beating around the bush.
  22. Give up avoiding change.
  23. Give up your sense of entitlement.
  24. Give up waiting until the last minute.
  25. Give up being dramatic.
  26. Give up being anti-athletic.
  27. Give up Junk Food.
  28. Give up eating as a means of entertainment.
  29. Give up foolish habits you know are foolish.
  30. Give up relationships with people who bring you down.
  31. Give up being shy.
  32. Give up worrying about what others think about you.
  33. Give up trying to control everything.
  34. Give up doing the same thing over and over again.
  35. Give up following the least path of resistance.
  36. Give up persistent multi-tasking.
  37. Give up thinking others are luckier than you.
  38. Give up filling every waking moment with commitments and activities.
  39. Give up making emotional decisions.
  40. Give up doing the wrong things just because you can get away with it.
  41. Give up focusing on what you don’t want to happen.
  42. Give up taking yourself so seriously.
  43. Give up spending your life working in a career you aren’t passionate about.
  44. Give up thinking about the things you don’t have.
  45. Give up doubting others.
  46. Give up with fussing with every beauty product on the market.
  47. Give up trying to fit in.
  48. Give up trying to be different just for the sake of being different.
  49. Give up trying to avoid risk.
  50. Give up putting your own needs on the back burner.

Quite a list to work on, how much greater would your life look if you just implemented a few of these a month. What has the world said about living a great life over time, here are a few of my favourites:

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1. That moment when you release the pressure and you accelerate towards your dreams is truly magic.

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2. The challenge of life, never forget you are still here kicking ass: We Shall Overcome.

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3. Both are meant to be a daily practice.

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4. We are sent here to give the universe our unique gifts: Unique.

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5. What a great superpower, seeing the invisible.

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6. Each day we choose where we are on the ladder of life: Shine Your Light.

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7. What would you walk through your fear for, what would you die for?

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8. A worthy daily to-do list: Lose Yourself.

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9. It’s up to us, Because We Can, it’s our time.

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10. Jillian Barberie Michaels is an American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality from Los Angeles, California. Michaels is best known for her appearances on NBC, particularly The Biggest Loser. She has also made an appearance on the talk show The Doctors. In fall 2015, she hosted and co-judged a series on Spike titled Sweat, INC. In January 2016, her reality television series Just Jillian premiered on E!.: Feel.

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11. Greatness needs both the shadow and the light.

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12. One foot in front of another: From Little Things, Big Things Grow.

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13. Love or Judgement, which one will heal the earth?

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14. What it takes to produce a great shot at life: Photograph.

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15. Isn’t it amazing that you never know when love comes to town?

And remember, mistakes make us human, failures help us grow, hope keeps us going and love is the reason we are alive. So keep learning, loving and living. Never give up on yourself.

Today’s playlist begins with some Martin Luther King wisdom, then the pop diva Lenka followed by one of rocks icons Robbie Robertson. Eminem is up next, then a Mediterranean pop diva Mahmut Orhan. Aussie legends Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins are the penultimate offerings and we finish with an Ed Sheeran cover by Boyce Avenue: You Never Realise How Strong You Are.

Greatness is showing Love and Respect For All, Everyone Included, a task for you until next time we meet, my dear friends.

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A Rock Musicians Career is Shortlived!!


There are a lot of lists out there that are based on what to stop doing to yourself to lead a better life, but not so many lists that advise you what to start doing. So here is one of my top ten’s go at it. From Marc Chernoff comes these 30 suggestions:

  1. Start spending time with the right people.
  2. Start facing your problems head-on.
  3. Start being honest with yourself about everything.
  4. Start making your own happiness a priority.
  5. Start being yourself, genuinely and proudly.
  6. Start noticing and living in the present.
  7. Start valuing the lessons your mistakes teach you.
  8. Start being more polite to yourself.
  9. Start enjoying the things you already have.
  10. Start creating your own happiness.
  11. Start giving your ideas and dreams a chance.
  12. Start believing that you’re ready for the next step.
  13. Start entering new relationships for the right reasons.
  14. Start giving new people you meet a chance.
  15. Start competing against an earlier version of yourself.
  16. Start cheering for other people’s victories.
  17. Start looking for the silver lining in tough situations.
  18. Start forgiving yourself and others.
  19. Start helping those around you.
  20. Start listening to your own inner voice.
  21. Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks.
  22. Start noticing the beauty of small moments.
  23. Start accepting things when they are less than perfect.
  24. Start working toward your goals every day.
  25. Start being more open about how you feel.
  26. Start taking full accountability for your own life.
  27. Start actively nurturing your most important relationships.
  28. Start concentrating on the things you can control.
  29. Start focusing on the possibility of positive outcomes.
  30. Start noticing how wealthy you are right now.

So what has the world said about doing things that empower you, here is my selection of several thousand options:

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1. Perfection, the booby prize that holds people back from beginning so many adventures and creative outlets.

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2. Blogger turned New York Times best-selling author and speaker Mandy Hale is the creator of the social media movement, “The Single Woman.” With a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never, ever settle, Mandy cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, witty, and often wildly humorous take on life and love. Mandy’s message reaches literally millions of women across the world every day through her blog, books, and social media platforms: Happy.

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3. Wishing that the world be a better place does not make the world a better place, action does.

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4. Mini list: Express Yourself.

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5. Self Love 101.

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6. Is the second line the new name for Social media: Medicine.

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7. Join a pride march today.

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8. All the things that make you happy, not the other stuff should be your focus: Yeh Hum Aa Gaye Hain Kahaan.

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9. Thrilling and voluptuous, Yes Please!!

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10. They all build on each other: Dressed for Success.

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11. What do you do for yourself to build your positive to do list?

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12. Doing these things is what has your ideas and dreams happen: Lose Yourself.

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13. And from the world’s greatest investor – humour, or is it?

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14. You have to be part of your A team, or it just won’t work: The A team.

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15. I love Alex’s ethos – Self Care: Everything!!

Remember today, for it is the beginning. Today marks the start of a brave new future.

A scene from Bollywood features in today’s tracks, hard to believe how little we know about the world’s largest film industry. We begin with Pharrell, follow with retro Madonna, then someone new to me but not 1.7 million viewers, Queen Naija. Off to Bollywood with Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, then Roxette and Eminem and we finish with Ed Sheeran quite an eclectic mix: A Rock Musicians Career is Short-lived!!

So as always I will recommend the practice of Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included till we meet again my dear friends:

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A few of my Favourite Things!!


It seems I have reached the limit of Facebook pages I can like, it’s 5,000, the same as Facebook friends you can have, But I have built a collection of my top 10 or 20 over the journey that I offer to the Booker Looker universe because I believe their posts make a difference. Some of them I have no idea how we connected and others were recommendations from friends. So I thought I would list them for you so that you have the opportunity to gain the knowledge they share across the airwaves:

  1. Nicky Hamid: Spiritual dude from New Zealand. His words are full of the most love for the planet and its occupants I have found: Link to Nicky.
  2.  Luminita Savic, AKA Purpose Fairy: Her blog on 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy went viral and she now appears on stages all around the world giving her worldly advice, one of the great list makers on the net: Link to Luminita.
  3. Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living: After losing two very close people at an early age, Marc and Angel Chernoff began to write about the experience in a blog which has turned into their latest book becoming a New York Times bestseller, to me the most useful meme and list makers on the net.: Hack Life.
  4. Brian Johnston at Optimize: made millions in the IT industry then went to Bali to read every book worth reading. Does a six-page PDF and 20 minute audio on the big ideas from each book, For those who are time poor but love new knowledge for $10 a month you get 5 new books, best ten bucks I spend: The Books.
  5. Katherine Woodward Thomas: Katherine writes a daily mini blog on relationships and life. They are incredibly insightful, they are called Love out Loud Daily: Katherine’s link.
  6. Dane Tomas: Creator of a revolutionary clearing method called the Spiral, Dane is my go-to man on all things in regards to sexuality, you may find some of his stuff abrasive but its worth the journey: Dane Live.
  7. Amrit Sandhu: This is actually a blog called Inspired Revolution. You will not meet a man more enthusiastic about life than my friend Amrit. He interviews inspiring people who give you a lift everytime you listen. Here’s Amrit.
  8. Mastin Kipp: My version of Tony Robbins. I first came across Mastin when he had a blog called The Daily Love which used to have the best quotes and guests. He had 700,000 followers but shut it down when he realised that coaching was his true destiny: Live Your Purpose.
  9. Elephant Journal: Numerous pages on Health, humour sustainability. It costs $108 for life but is worth the investment: Elephants Pages.
  10. Ari Amala: Another friend, her poetry is so beautiful and touches my heart every time. I told her she reminds me of Maya Angelou when she reads it: Access Ari and her words of Beauty.
  11. Dannielle LaPorte: I use her daily planner and have for five years. Uber insightful Canadian, lots of free stuff including at the moment her Flagship Book, The Desire Map: My Favourite Canadian
  12. Madysn Taylor: DailyOm, always a great read on a wide variety of subjects: Here’s Madyson.

So that covered Facebook and the net, but what does society say about a few of our favourite things, let’s have a look:

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1. What more love can you offer in a gift than actually creating it yourself.

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2, My friends who have been there said the uniqueness of its people is one of the reasons New York is their favourite place: New York, New York.

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3, Money you can get back, time is gone forever, us it wisely.

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4. Don’t know who Terry Gross is, but with 29,000 songs on my Itunes and Spotify, I plead guilty to this: My Favourite Things.

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5. And then there is all of life.

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6. The good bits and the so-called bad bits, put down the umbrella’s my friends: Satisfy My Soul.

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7. All dancing and singing ones do it for me.

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8. Reading Oliver’s name I instantly think of his book with the quirky title The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: Toccata and Fugue.

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9. Shared.

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10. Who knows what may be generated by having a cup of coffee at your favourite cafe: From Little Things, Big Things Grow.

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11. Who’s your favourite voice.

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12. I love it, Life as a happy accident: Happy Accidents.

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13. At 17, Coelho’s introversion and opposition to following a traditional path led to his parents committing him to a mental institution from which he escaped three times before being released at the age of 20. His life story reads like the title of his most popular book, The Alchemist.

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14. Education goes both ways, the student and the teacher are changed by each interaction: Teach Your Children Well.

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15. And finally, a recipe to start a few of your Favourite Things with.

In her excellent book, Love Out Loud: Contact Nicole., Nicole Gibson recalls a quote from a friend “Stand In Love, Don’t Fall In Love”, I think this sums up the power of a Few of our Favourite Things very well.

On the playlist, we return to a few previous centuries to fill in the mix today. Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Bob Marley and Bach lead off. Then a classic from a great OZ band, The Waifs. We finish with two artists new to me, Saint Motel and the duo Suzzy Bogguss & Kathy Mattea: A Few of My Favourite Things.

My Favourite thing is Interculturalism: So remember to show Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included until next time we meet my dear friends.

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