Tag: Quote

Singledom VS Coupledom

Singledom VS Coupledom

A close friend of mine in a long-term relationship has struggled over the years. The downs have been cataclysmic but then the highs have been soul-defining, she vulnerably expressed to me, openly sharing her emotions. Something I always admired about her and took pleasure in witnessing her bravery. How she naturally exposed herself, never worrying …

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Ah, look at all the lonely people

Ah, look at all the lonely people

A dearest friend living on his own in an exotic island intensely struggled through the lockdown. A lockdown more oppressive than the UK, but perhaps not as draconian as South Africa… This post is dedicated to people who believe they are alone, feel lonely; to help those discover their worth in a lonely world. The …

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The Golden Rule in Life

The Golden Rule in Life

The golden rule, according to many religions/cultures, is profoundly simple.   Christianity: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Gospel of Matthew 22, 36-40).   Buddhism: “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others” (The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18).   In a famous …

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How little is needed to live a happy life!

How little is needed to live a happy life!

A New Year; a new decade; a year passed; another day; how are you choosing to spend your moments?   With time to kill, before meeting my writer friend, I browsed Oxfam books and picked up the first non-fiction book that caught my eye.   Meditations: The Spiritual Teachings by Marcus Aurelius.   Randomly, I …

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Lying is the royal road to chaos

Lying is the royal road to chaos

Someone I am close to recommended reading Lying by Sam Harris. It changed my life, she’d said. I am always ready for a life changer. Bring it on! A few hours later, I punched in my credit card details online and bought the book. Three days later it arrived. I waited for the right moment …

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When Things Fall Apart

When Things Fall Apart

A friend, who is 5 months pregnant, never thought she’d ever have a baby with the man she loved because of hard times, recently introduced me to Pema Chodron. Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chodron has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and …

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Everyone’s Moral Duty to Kill Themselves

Everyone’s Moral Duty to Kill Themselves

It is not often I sit still and watch a TV series. I have so many things that require my attention, massive action and it hardly can happen while sitting in front of a TV screen with my feet up.   However, as recently as Friday evening, last night to be precise, I thought I’d …

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Are you courageous enough to reveal your true, vulnerable self?

Are you courageous enough to reveal your true, vulnerable self?

“I have found both freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.” Kahlil Gibran It takes the utmost courage to reveal your true, vulnerable self to another. There are those brave enough to reveal, those that can accept and those that permit fear not to …

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Less Stress (my a*se!)

Less Stress (my a*se!)

26th Post Challenge of 31   Percival calls me on WhatsApp, eager for me to read the article he’d seconds ago sent to my Inbox. Okay, give me however long it takes and I’ll call you back!   It takes me a few minutes to read The One Difference Between People Who Move Abroad and Those Who …

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I Want To Be Your Nightmare!

I Want To Be Your Nightmare!

17th Post Challenge of 31   A friend sends me the following quote today. I wonder what’s meant by it…   I don’t want to be your daydream. I want to be the reason you wake up in the middle of the night;

Quills The Irrepressible Marquis de Sade

Quills The Irrepressible Marquis de Sade

4th Post Challenge of 31 I simply adored the movie. I don’t think anyone could have portrayed the Marquis de Sade, the writer and sexual deviant who was imprisoned in an insane asylum for the last 10 years of his life, any better than the Australian Geoffrey Rush, who’s now comparable to the infamous Harvey Weinstein. …

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