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David Bowie R.I.P.

The world has sadly lost a true cultural and musical ICON – David Bowie.

One of his many legacies is his 23-year love story with Iman. Below is a prescient tweet she posted two days before he passed…

Iman Quote - David Bowie

 

 

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Inspirational mother creates a legacy for daughter

The “feel good” story below has a sad element – the mother is dying of breast cancer and creates a collection of cards for her daughter…

https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/mom-writes-daughter-a-lifetime-of-cards-for-when-124675084667.html

It got me thinking about people who regret not spending more (quality) time with their families while they could… That, in my view is just as sad. Sometimes, you think you would “like to” spend more time with friends and family, but truthfully, you don’t. That is different than wanting to spend time that you don’t have, in this case because of a terminal illness.

I advise all my clients and friends that they must say what needs to be said because you just never know if another opportunity will come to actually say it. Once relieved of the burden, you will feel the freedom to be – authentic and genuine – without restraint.

Try it and see what happens. At least you have the option. Some people aren’t so lucky/fortunate.

A great movie that had a similar theme is “P.S. I love You“, released in 2007.

 

 

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Inspirational Quote: Montreal gets into the swing of it!

Bus stop swing Montreal

A bus stop in Montreal

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A Sad Day For Romantics

If you’ve never heard of the Pont des Arts bridge that used to hold tens of thousands of lover’s padlocks… You are not a true romantic… Click on the URL above to see the removal of an iconic symbol of romanticism.

I can’t believe the city of Paris was not willing to move the padlocks to the shoreline, preserving the legacy for past lovers and enabling future lovers the privilege and opportunity to declare themselves in this unique manner.

Practicality 1, Romance 0.

 

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Happy New Year!

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Top 10 Blog Posts Of 2013

Top 10 Blog Posts 20132013 has been quite a year. Below is a list of the top 10 blog posts of the year. Enjoy a quick review and use the tips and techniques to make 2014 your best year ever!

  1. Willpower is like a battery – How to stick to your goals like New Year’s Resolutions.
  2. Hyperbolic Discounting – How to remain committed to long-term goals to achieve the success that might have been eluding you.
  3. Why Smart Business People Fail – Success is not the inverse of failure. In other words, not failing does not make you successful…
  4. From Motivation To Momentum – A must read if you slip and sabotage your goals and dreams (knowingly or unknowingly).
  5. Google Search Tips - These tips are priceless to get the most from Google, otherwise you’ll never quite get what you’re looking for.
  6. The Epic Split – This is simply AMAZING. The power of human focus and concentration combined with incredible athleticism.
  7. Good And Bad Habits Of Smart People - Success is not about how smart you are, but much more dependent on WHAT you do with what you know and HOW you do (or don’t do) certain things…
  8. Bobby McFerrin – Amazing Presentation – Every once in a while someone creates a magical moment. This is one such moment. Enjoy!
  9. Positive Twist On Negative Thinking – Attention small business owners… Don’t hire this type of person!
  10. The Power Of Why – The better the questions you ask yourself, the better the answers you’ll come up with.
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Time Warp

Time WarpHave you ever wondered why time seems to pass more quickly as you age? Or how vacations seem to flash by as work days never seem to end?

There are several reasons for these perceptual and temporal distortions. One interesting explanation is offered by Scott H Young on his blog dedicated to getting more from life.

Simply stated, there are two explanations for why this happens.

The first is that, as you age, each year becomes a proportionally smaller amount of your life. The last five years of a 15 year-old’s life make up one third. By the time you’re fifty, it’s only 10%.

From this perspective, time accelerates because we judge time relative to the totality of our other experiences. There is no scientific proof this hypothesis is correct, but scientists could discover some neurological basis for this time gestalt in the future.

The second, and in my (and Scott’s) opinion, more likely perspective is that time seems to accelerate because our lives become more routine. For a teenager, every year is different. For a middle-aged office worker, change is gradual (or nonexistent).

Of course, if the second hypothesis is correct, that the acceleration of time isn’t a natural byproduct of aging, but due to life becoming increasingly stable (or boring), that suggests an alternative for stretching psychological time.

So if you feel like this is trickling by at an agonizingly slow pace, try something new, change your patterns and habits…

See what happens and let us know how you go!

 

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Professor Dr Malcolm Simons RIP

I’ve blogged about Professor Dr Malcolm Simons on this and other blogs several times. I am sad to say Malcolm passed away on 25 January 2012, at 10.14 pm.

“Dear Friends,

He was surrounded by family and friends and achieved his wish to die peacefully and with dignity. He did this (as always) on his own terms, and those with him felt privileged to witness such a beautiful exit.

While his family is heart-broken and will miss him terribly, they are extremely proud of him. As Mal’s life was lived almost entirely in overdrive, with such passion and untiring focus, none of us really believed in our heart of hearts that he’d achieve the serene departure we were honored to be part of.

We invite you to the celebration of Malcolm’s life at 10.30am, on Thursday, February 2, at the Katsumata Centre at Kardinia International College, Geelong. Further funeral details will follow. See Saturday’s Age and Geelong Advertiser.

Love Ann and Family”

Please click here to access a Legacy Interview I recorded with Malcolm only a few short months ago, on 11 November 2011.

There is an audio recording you can download as well as a word-for-word transcript. It is Malcolm’s gift, part of his enduring legacy.

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Time Honored Truths

Today’s collection of time honored truths is courtesy of Angela Muzyczka of Sydney’s Adult Shop in the CBD. They are a priceless source of comic relief that I know you’ll want to forward on to friends and family!

Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.

To be intoxicated is to feel sophisticated but not be able to say it.

The older you get, the better you realize you were.

I doubt, therefore I might be.

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

More Time Honored Truths

If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

If God dropped acid, would he see people?

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?

If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?

If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it?

If you’re born again, do you have two bellybuttons?

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at them?
Even More Time Honored Truths

Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?

Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?

A fool and his money are soon partying.

Women like silent men, they think they’re listening.

Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at them?

Do pediatricians play miniature golf on Wednesdays?

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Happy New Year!

Just to be antimimeticisomorphic, my Happy New Year wishes will be in multiple languages, courtesy of Rakesh Kumar who sent them to me via Linked In.

Afgani Saale Nao Mubbarak
Afrikaans Gelukkige nuwe jaar
Albanian Gezuar Vitin e Ri
Armenian Snorhavor Nor Tari
Arabic Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair
Assyrian Sheta Brikhta
Bengali Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Bulgarian ×åñòèòà Íîâà Ãîäèíà(pronounced “Chestita Nova Godina”)
Cambodian Soursdey Chhnam Tmei
Chinese Xin Nian Kuai Le
Croatian Sretna Nova godina!
Czech Štastný Nový rok ( Stastny Novy rok)
Denish Godt Nytår
Dutch GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR!
English Happy New Year
Eskimo Kiortame pivdluaritlo
Esperanto Felican Novan Jaron
Ethiopian: MELKAM ADDIS AMET YIHUNELIWO!
Ethiopian RUHUS HADUSH AMET
Finnish Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French Bonne Annee
German Prosit Neujahr
Georgian GILOTSAVT AKHAL TSELS!
Greek Kenourios Chronos
Gujarati Nutan Varshbhinandan
Hebrew L’Shannah Tovah
Hindi Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen
Hong kong (Cantonese) Sun Leen Fai Lok
Hungarian Boldog Új Évet Kivánok
Indonesian Selamat Tahun Baru
Iranian Sal -e- no mobarak
Iraqi Sanah Jadidah
Irish Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian Felice anno nuovo
Japan Akimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu
Kannada Hosa Varushadha Shubhashayagalu
Korea Saehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo!
Lithuanian Laimingu Naujuju Metu
Madagascar Tratry ny taona
Marathi Nveen Varshachy Shubhechcha
Malayalam Puthuvatsara Aashamsakal
Nepal Nawa Barsha ko Shuvakamana
Oriya Nua Barshara Subhechha
Persian Sal -e- no mobarak
Philippines Manigong Bagong Taon!
Portuguese Feliz Ano Novo
Punjabi Nave sal di mubarak
Romanian AN NOU FERICIT
Russian S Novim Godom
Sindhi Nayou Saal Mubbarak Hoje
Singhalese Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Spanish “Feliz Año Nuevo”
Tamil Eniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal
Telugu Noothana samvatsara shubhakankshalu
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Urdu Naya Saal Mubbarak Ho
Vietnamese Chuc Mung Tan Nien

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