Has COVID mandated Dislike of people who used to be friends.


I am not an anti vaccer, this is because as a young child to be kept alive I received quite a lot of vaccines and accepted that you had to take things that you may not like but were in the end good for you. Another term I heard recently regarding this area was Pro-choice which I thought related to the abortion movement, or it did in the seventies.

I have seen people posting via social media utter nonsense, that horse medicine is better than vaccines, that COVID is an international plot and the purpose of the vaccine is to put a microchip in you. If someone started a conversation about these subjects I would have to request that they stop as I am far too logical to listen to it.

What upsets me is that in these hard times I have heard of cases where people have written off friendships because we agree to disagree. Nobody gets through life without losing someone they love, someone they need, or something they thought was meant to be. Here are some lessons we have learnt over these painful times:

  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 OK to fall apart for a little while.
  5. Life is fragile, sudden, and shorter than it often seems.
  6. Emotionally separate yourself from your problems.
  7. Don’t make a problem bigger than it is.
  8. View every challenge as an educational assignment.
  9. Things change, but the sun always rises the next day.
  10. Giving up and moving on are two 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 them, not you.
  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.

This is not the first time that disagreements like this have happened over time, I’m sure there are quotes over the decades that discussed this dilemma, lets have a look:

1. I is not worth going over the limit if you know their opinion is different to yours.

The Third POTUS, Thomas may be where the saying don’t talk about religion or politics came from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0r1AJMK79g

3. Mahatma used this principle to free a country.


4. We take it that friendly disagreement is progressing our friendships: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpqV3dzYOgk


5. Remember those school debates, you had to debate what you didn’t agree with at times.

6. Talking about the dreaded workplace disagreements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x34icYC8zA0


7. One of my favourite actors with a very wise statement.


8. Repeat after me……..: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiVb8xizRXU


9. This one’s a smack in the face.

10. The stability get checked at the eye of the storm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5vHWJhVvI4


11. Eugenia is an inspirational writer and poet. I believe this quote relates to her second book of poetry “Take a step right now towards your dreams“.


12. This is what I hope happens as COVID disappears into the distance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Py8OWAMkns


13. This profound piece of wisdom comes from an English cricketer if you believe Wikipedia.


14.There is a word for someone who is never wrong – Its a narcissist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3wKzyIN1yk


15.And for our final lesson, we look at the action versus the practice.

So from writing this, I have come to the solution that we can disagree to disagree but we do not need to give up our friendships.

Today’s playlist has two of my favourite songs on it, I will let you guess which one’s. We begin with 2 pop legends:John Legend and Shakira. Three lesser known groups and artists follow: Erasure, Prince Mpfarutsa and Bliss and Eso. The penultimate track is Carrie Underwood and we finish with Rag and Bone Man: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrt9dG5wUc1bJ9E1_DkZkEow

COVID has tested my ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included, but I have set up two Facebook groups to help with the spread of it: 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. Whereever you are in the world reading this, I invite you to join our merry bands of travelers.

Until we net again, my dear friends.

What you tell your younger self!!!


Have you ever written yourself advice in the past or the future. I have done both several times at different periods in my life, the first being in our counter-culture English teachers class in High School. I came across a list a friend wrote recently and feel it has some great advice as it was written around the same time in his life. It was for his future self to his younger self.

  1. Your thirties, forties and fifties won’t feel like your thirties, forties and fifties.
  2. Bad things will happen to you and your friends.
  3. Everyone can make a huge difference.
  4. First impressions aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
  5. Big results come when you narrow your focus.
  6. Love yourself. Become your own priority.
  7. Sometimes you just have t go for it.
  8. In order to get, you have to give.
  9. Not much is worth fighting about.
  10. Don’t try to impress everyone.
  11. Keep having fun.
  12. Keep it simple.
  13. Little things stick with you.
  14. Keep your opinions to yourself.
  15. Manage your time.
  16. Manage your money.
  17. What you learn in school does matter.
  18. Dreams will remain dreams forever if you don’t take action.

What he did different was he interviewed his father who at the time was in his early 50’s. So what have we as a human race said about sage advice for the future, let’s have a look:

1. Three values for a bright, bright future.

2. Mahatma used this ethos to free a country for foreign rule: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RYNED5p2EY

3. If we do this every day we will have a lot of personal gratitude in our lives.

4. How’s the book of your life coming along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1d4r9awjKE&list=PL0msuI7SJDFfd2BRR9rOYWF5X9NGlcVXW

5. And Serena is one of a few people who would have the money to even consider this.

6. Make mistakes, this is what you learn from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6rP-YP4c5I

7. Written by the famous Ms Anon, this fits with if you never lie you don’t have to remember anything.


8. Haven’t included a quote by a POTUS for a while, this is a great one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqolSvoWNck

9. To be great you will have to go in every direction, some that even you may not give yourself permission.

10. The future is really up to you to create, so do it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm9Zf1WYQ_A

11. If you do good deeds throughout your life, you will not need campaigns, etc, etc.

12. Hard to believe the wisdom of Forrest Gump is 30 years old: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0yFOupUkKQ&list=PLq_6wXJhooZNrHqOq-PLaEQ-VFpgtNc4V&index=14

13. Evangelist Billy Graham talks a lot about faith, this quote is very poignant.

14. Take the suggestions but begin the journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s

15. What are you writing for yours?

So this made me think about advice my parents had given me over the years and the times I ignored them. As my friend said, looking back they were right most of the time. This is one of the gifts of eldership.

For today’s playlist we begin with one of my favourite Australian singer/songwriters Anne McCue. Then the second Elvis, Elvis Costello. Three fine female singers follow: Shakira, Marilyn Monroe and Billie Ellish. The penultimate song is a 60’s classic by Scott McKenzie and we finish with Martin Luther King: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrt4bcuSvPP1abdV9OUkpqgs

Supporting, guiding and making contributions to other people is one of life’s greatest rewards. Everything you do comes around. Who knows what our futures will be, all I know that mine will include spreading Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. I have set the plan in place through 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/183421768519278. You are cordially invited to join one or both of these groups as the more supporting this ethos the merrier.

Until we meet again, my dear friends.

Do you listen to your Heart or your Head?


I had a coaching session with my friend Lou today and as per usual she asked me what was showing up and what would I like to work on today. We have been in lock-down for over 200 days in my state of Victoria in the last year and I was feeling it today so I stated that I felt a little empty inside especially in my hands. We did some exercises and I noticed that I was forming fists of anger instead of contacting my heart to resolve the issue of what was having me feel this way.

When do we go in the direction of our heads ILO our hearts to resolve matters of the body. Often I do it when life has pushed me over, when really it’s time to stand up and push back even harder. Where there is a fork in the road and choices to make, make the ones your future self will 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. Spreading love and kindness.
  12. Being the change you want to see in the world.

So what has society said about listening to the heart over the centuries, let’s have a look:

1. Advice Pocahontas gave to the invaders of her land.

2. A woman who could live this life in the face of much controversy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9rLDCfO6o

3. It won’t matter after you escape, because we will have passed on to another pathway.

4. Some of my great moments live in this realm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCC_b5WHLX0

5. Very practical advice.

6.Tres Cute piece of heart advice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh44QPT1mPE

7. Bold, Brave and Strong, such worthy attributes in life.

8. Bryant McGill is a human potential thought leader, international bestselling author, activist, and social entrepreneur. He is one of the world’s top social media influencers reaching a billion people a year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa7PUQAQ3zo

9. There is a right way to listen, this explains it well.

10. Heart and Soul, they are telling it like it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOubjLM9Cbc

11. This is a mean trick to pull on your body.

12.The first woman to head a Fortune 500 company, hanging around in those circles you definitely would need to know how to do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s&list=PLKsj3BQVDw-_vaWpOlYPbklt4fEbF6OhD

13. The more you follow your heart the shorter you regret list is on your death-bed.

14. Never let the former override the latter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw-0pbY9JeU

15. Don’t doubt your heart!!

Believe in your heart. Listen to your soul as well. Trust your instincts. Acknowledge your own strengths. Dream it and dare it. Do what you are afraid of, and capable of. Follow your vision. Know that anything is possible. Know you Can.

A couple of classics on the playlist today. Elton John leads us off. Then Roxette do that song about hearts followed by Neil Young. 2Pac does a rap cover of Roxette next with Michael Kiwanuka rocking one out next. The penultimate song is Eminem and we complete with Twenty One Pilots: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrsF_nUjfphbe4SiEWUmM-ug

I think your heart wants the best for you but sometimes we forget this when we make mistakes following it and we get scared off. My ethos for Interculturalism: Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included comes from my heart-space. I use two Facebook groups to support the spread of it. The first and oldest is Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism, the second is Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949. You are always welcome yo join our band of merry travelers, just click on the links. Until next time my dear friends.

Is it still important to you all these years later?


Those things I did 20 years ago, what I considered good or bad too often let me hide the beauty that was in front of me. I got caught up in my own head thinking that the few things that weren’t going my way were worthy of creating a manifesto of my life.

Here is a list of several things that this manifesto was made up of:

  1. The inevitable frustrations of an average day.
  2. The little failures you often feel self-conscious about.
  3. How “perfect” everything could be, or should be.
  4. Having complete confidence before taking the first step.
  5. The intricacies of what’s in it for you.
  6. Being an only-only activist for good causes.
  7. The pressure to make a big difference all at once.
  8. The temptation of quick fixes.
  9. Having a calendar jam-packed with exciting, elaborate plans.
  10. Being in constant control of everything.
  11. Blaming Others.
  12. Winning everyone’s approval.
  13. Saving overly dramatic people from themselves.
  14. The selfish and disparaging things others say and do.
  15. Winning arguments.
  16. Judging others for their shortcomings.
  17. Society’s obsession with outer beauty.
  18. Fancy and expensive physical possessions.
  19. All the shallow relationships that make you feel more popular.
  20. Distant future possibilities.

So what has the human race said about what is important later in life, let’s have a look:

1. They are way out in front!!!

2. And the greatest opponent to this is the anti-aging industry: https://youtu.be/awzNHuGqoMc

3. Over and Over again, yet we seem to forget fairly often.

4. The Africans sure know how to articulate their wisdom: https://youtu.be/3XIkYCFDMnA

5. This is why your teachers are older than you at the first stages of your life, to teach you this lesson.

6. And you get closer and closer each day of your life: https://youtu.be/VlD2GYtD29Q

7. And all indigenous tribes fight this world-wide.

8. All original preachers thought these things: https://youtu.be/VptisJUx3CQ

9. Well said, Garrison.

10. What is pleasing does not count as wisdom: https://youtu.be/q3NTVkHwD5I

11. Do you remember those things your parents said that you promised you would never say, sprung.

12. That’s when the respect for each other kicks in: https://youtu.be/P6zaCV4niKk

13. How soon we forget who got us to where we are in life.

14. A big thing for the most popular man in the NBA at his time to say: https://youtu.be/tzq7e86m_W4

15. It’s like a third stage in life, but you can’t life the third with out the first two.

As you continue to travel the road of life, do your best to avoid letting anyone or anything get in the way of your joy. Life a life that rocks and makes you laugh out loud every day of the year. Here are some things that will help with that:

  1. Think Deeply.
  2. Speak gently.
  3. Love Lots.
  4. Laugh Often.
  5. Work Hard.
  6. Give Back.
  7. Expect less.
  8. Be present.
  9. Be Kind.
  10. Be honest.
  11. Be true to yourself.

Today’s playlist contains two spoken word pieces, both very different in origin. We begin with one of the U.S.A’s biggest recording star Tim Mcgraw. Kings and Queens follows from Africa then Jamaica’s Capleton and Chronixx – Help the Weak. Dhar Mann learns a lesson next. WE then travel back in the decades to The Beatles and Cat Stevens. We complete with the fame of
Julius Erving: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYruLSCPtLlJbkIxfk9D8EFXw

So this blog definitely fits in with my ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. Remember you can join my two Facebook groups I have created to spread it across the universe. The first is Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humankind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and the second Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism. You are invited to join and add your countries version of these. Until next time 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.