Reality Sucks

Reality can sometimes be quite dull. In films, TV programmes, or even the news, reality gets changed and made more dramatic and exciting. It seems that we want the altered, edited and “sexed up” version of reality more than reality itself. Perhaps this is the reason why so many people get caught up (or caught…

The Uniqueness of Uniqueness

We are all unique, in almost every way. From our DNA, to our fingerprints, our eyes, our hair, our personality, our dreams and desires – our uniqueness defines who we are. Funnily enough, uniqueness is completely ubiquitous, it is present throughout the universe. Everything in the universe is unique. There are no two snowflakes, no…

To Be Still…

We are all on the move. The pace of life seems to be forever increasing. Life is fast, work is busy. Too much to do in too little time. Our lives are a frenetic ball of activities bouncing from day to week, week to month, month to year. And it doesn’t ever seem to stop.…

I Didn’t See The Signs…

If you live in the UK you could share in one of my particular frustrations: the sheer volume of signs on our roads. It’s like we have made an industry out of producing and erecting them, often clustered together within just a few meters of each other. Even when driving at a steady pace, it’s…

Life Is Not A Game

Like many millions of people, I love to play video games. I enjoy them; they’re fun, they’re engaging, they’re distracting. I can easily get obsessed with what level I’m on and how I’m progressing. It’s good to progress, it feels great to level-up, but lately I realised that I was feeling a sense of achievement, when in…

Happy Endings!

Everyone wants a fairytale-style happy ending, right? Everything turns out as planned, for the best, everyone’s happy, dreams are achieved. Movies are great at creating the perfect happy ending, against all odds, where it all just “comes together” in the closing scene. In real life we too want happy endings, our dreams achieved, challenges overcome, happiness…

What Do You Really Care About?

We are often told what we should care about. We are regularly force-fed an agenda of what is important to us and what isn’t. We are told that the economy is something we should all care about, and be fearful about, and be protective of. Whilst the 2008 economic crisis was very serious, we also…

Let’s Get Physical

Holding a worn, torn, faded photograph in your hand can often evoke more feelings and stir our emotional memories far more deeply than scrolling through thousands of crystal-clear images on a digital device. Why is that? What is it about a physical photograph that affords it more emotional currency than a digital one? Maybe it…

Clouds

Too many clouds in the sky block the sun, but too few and we burn. Clouds may frustrate us sometimes, but the right amount of cloud cover is just what’s needed to create the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises. I was flying into Warsaw recently and a cabin crew member peeked out of my window…

What Do You Know?

“For this discovery of yours [writing] will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember for themselves” – Plato The ancient Greek philosopher Plato lived about 2,400 years ago. The above quote expresses his concern that when something is…