Time out

C’mere…just sit and chat…



George Raveling is a guy who Michael Jordan addresses as “coach” even though Raveling never coached the Bulls or the Tar Heels. He’s also been retired from coaching for more than two decades.

George writes about choices we can make as we work through living on a day to day basis.

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1. Be YOU, not them.

2. Do more, expect less.

3. Be positive, not negative.

4. Be the solution, not the problem.

5. Be a starter, not a stopper.

6. Question more, believe less.

7. Be a somebody, never a nobody.

8. Love more, hate less.

9. Give more, take less.

10. See more, look less.

11. Save more, spend less.

12. Listen more, talk less.

13. Walk more, sit less.

14. Read more, watch less.

15. Build more, destroy less.

16. Praise more, criticise less.

17. Clean more, dirty less.

18. Live more, do not just exist.

19. Be the answer, not the question.

20. Be a lover, not a hater.

21. Be a painkiller, not a pain giver.

22. Think more, react less.

23. Be more uncommon, less common.

An interesting compilation worth a second read and consideration.

Before its too late


Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was an American university professor of English literature; he famously urged his students to ‘follow your bliss.’

“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.

 When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”
On the tracks the time spent exploring and discovering is an investment at an age when days begin to erode. Getting to understand and knowledge of what to follow is an investigation well underway, for doors to open and bliss to be experienced as it was in the past.
On the tracks…the lights are on.

Why not?


A terrific message.

And with the unknown, yet limited time you have left, what, how?

Following the ‘why’ can inspire active purpose.

Even in washing the dishes.


I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Waves of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today

To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

John O’Donohue

John is, was a gifted person. “Is” because i still read his writing and philosophical teachings wih delight and curiosity, he guides me gently and reminds of time, space and importance of living when around corners lurks not living.

John died in 2007, far too soon, for i was only getting to know him by his work. i never met him. His legacy is far-reaching.

So far he has helped me change how i look upon and at life, people, landscapes and beauty. About peace and tranquillity, about belonging and work.

i collect and savour new memories by looking at daily experience’s in an altered fashion, paying more attention to … intention and attention. Its hard sometimes to shake off the image of dead shell’s discovered on the beaches. A legacy of a life lived.

heart shape sea shells on brown beach sand

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i have no religion, did have once when younger. But believe in the human spirit for kindness, sharing, helping, teaching, virtue and ethics, in fairness, decency and civility. In self-care and care for and with others, in people’s potential not to be dicks in actions and behaviours. Although, sometimes its easy to despair of this in the world we live in and lose sight of all the benevolence people partake in, selflessly.

A request to and of self;

Summon more courage and be more brave to live the life i wish to live, and soon. To risk change in doing so before lateness sets in and is forever etched on your pillow before you set off for sleep. Delete postponement of dreams and take action.

And lastly

But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

here goes…


One, two, waking.

Susan said;

“It’s like you got two bodies.

One at home

you are most comfortable in,

the other currently at work,

and it doesn’t fit no more.

It’s so uncomfortable

Even acting is painful

Until, in the toilet looking to the mirror

you splash your face with water.

Maybe its just me”, thinks Susan.

Waking up, the reflection suggests.


There is no civil justification for disowning culpability if governing over such poverty, criminality and inequality.

So wrapped in their own aims and desire for wealth, they lack the public accountability, responsibility and duty, it seems.

Shirking and blaming.

Culling freedom.

Sleazy abuse and misuse of power.

May they rot in their suited bodily landfills.