Now

“The time is now…” “No time like the present…” “Just do it…” Familiar phrases all, often used with the intention to inspire, with a hope that they will promote and propel people to act. Such phrases impress on us that the only time to act is now, that the present moment is where you live…

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.…

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…

When We Can We Will

We all have things we want to do, things we want to achieve. Changing career, learning a language, clearing out the spare room. Some of them are big, some of them are small. Some are dreams, some are goals, some are just “stuff”. We all also have reasons we don’t get round to doing some,…

Time: Capital or Income?

“How are you spending your time?” “Has it been a valuable use of your time?” “Time is money, you know.” We use economic terms to describe our use of time, so why not extend the economic terms to our definition of time, not just our usage? Do you consider time to be capital or income?…

The “Five Ones”

If you’re like most people, you’ll probably have a lot of things going on in your life and work right now. As a result you’ll doubtless be facing a variety of priorities. I’ve written before about how challenging (and ridiculous) it is to have more than one priority at any given time.  Nonetheless, the reality is…

The Nearness of Now

There is nothing closer to you than the present moment – the right now – and it connects you with every other human being on the planet. It doesn’t matter if they are on the other side of the world or sitting right beside you; billions of human beings are existing, living, hoping and dreaming,…

You Have Something To Do

7 billion human beings exist right now. Our hearts beat the same. We all look up at the same sky and see the same stars, the same moon. We all live in the same time: right now. One other thing unites and binds us all together, no matter what our race, religion or location: every one…

This Is Not A Number

I love numbers. They’ve always fascinated me. I don’t know why, but there it is. I enjoy using numbers to understand things differently and play around with different concepts, For example, the life span for a great many animals is somewhere between two and three billion heart beats. Whilst this is a broad range (for an average…

I’ll Have The Lobster

Lobsters tend to be quite an expensive dish; there seems something decadent about ordering lobster in a restaurant. Personally, I’m not a fan: aside from not liking the taste, I confess that I’m put off by the multitude of surgical-style implements needed to tease the meat out of the shell. But, in the 19th century, things were…