Fate and fortune


fate and fortune

You can never predict what may happen in your life.  It’s probably a good thing though, what can be worse than anticipating good things are coming only to have bad things turn up.  We should focus on the stuff that we can control: meeting friends, learning skills, having fun, taking care of ourselves.  We need to learn to handle the unexpected with a big pinch of pragmatism.

But sometimes we expect bad things are coming only to have good things turn up and what could be better than that?


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Where is heaven?


Maybe not everyone can look out of their window and see a heaven on earth.  Maybe not everyone is free to travel a short way to see a heaven on earth.  Maybe those of us who can do these things should feel a little more empathy for those of who can’t.


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Life and friends

cartoon suggesting that life is partly influenced by the friends we choose

life and friends

Is a ‘friend’ just a person who you like and who likes you back or is a friend someone special.  Someone you can be yourself with. Someone you can trust with your inner thoughts. Someone who will share your silence as happily as your banter. Are friends the people who you trust to influence the decisions you make in life?


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Be bold

cartoon featuring the phrase 'fortune favours the bold'

be bold

You can be brave, daring, fearless, heroic, enterprising and confident in life. Or you can be a bit brash, shameless, insolent and in-your-face.  It’s all about boldness but some boldness may be usefully positive and some uselessly negative.

When it comes to being bold in your creativity, think distinctive, vivid, conspicuous, colourful, bright and flamboyant.

I wish you boldness and good fortune.


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The way we were


There are times when we would like to be doing something different to what we are doing: the company we keep, the job we do, the way we dress, the destinations we are heading for. There are also times when opportunities to change aspects of our lives beckon and temp us.

If we could look into the future, following opportunities to change our lives and habits would be easy but the future is a foreign place.   We all know people who just leap onto new opportunities without so much as a glance back.  Those of us who are merely mortal may think that following new opportunities may be difficult or risky.

If we are a bit risk-averse we can just change our lives incrementally so the impacts are subtle and low risk. Incremental change can add up to big outcomes and incremental change provides us with opportunities to change direction.


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