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Bad chapters can still create great stories

Bad chapters can still create great stories

  • Cynthia Thurlow

Real life isn’t a movie or a book so that magical ending isn’t going to automatically happen,

But if you keep pushing through your struggles, through the hard times

Then you can turn this bad chapter into a great story but not if you settle this chapter for the ending.

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The important thing is, To be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are, For what you could become

The important thing is, To be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are, For what you could become

– Charles Dubois

Holding on is what we do, we hold on to a belief or a thought that this is the way we are supposed to be living,

Holding on to stories that we’ve been brought up with, Like the Disney Princess story,

You know growing up, find love, at first sight, get married and live happily ever after…

Even though this rarely happens, 

That was just one example, there are many examples of us holding on…

The issue is whilst we’re holding on to some story we’re not allowing any more to unfold

Sometimes you just need to let go, Live that Pocahontas life and go where the wind takes you

Take a risk and sacrifice your old self so a new one can emerge.

‘Yeah but what if that life is no good for me’…

What if it is

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Two Weeks Ago, I Was Eating Sugar Myself

‘Two weeks ago I was still eating sugar myself’

-Gandhi

In the way of the peaceful warrior, there was a story of a woman in India who was upset that her son was eating too much sugar. No matter how much she chided him, he continued to satisfy his sweet tooth. Totally frustrated, she decided to take her son to see his great hero Mahatma Gandhi.

Sir, my son eats too much sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?”

Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, turned and spoke to her son, ‘Go home and come back in two weeks.”

The woman looked perplexed and wondered why he had not asked the boy to stop eating sugar. She took the boy by the hand and went home.

Two weeks later she returned, with the boy. Gandhi motioned for them to come forward. He looked directly at the boy and said,

‘Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”

The boy’s mother turned to Gandhi and asked,
‘Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?”

Gandhi smiled (Apparently I wasn’t there),

‘Mother, two weeks ago I was still eating sugar myself.”

It’s a great example of practising what you preach, Many years ago in my early PT days I was telling a client to stop drinking so much energy drinks, Yet if they had looked on the floor of my car they would have seen layers of empty cans.

Today social media is flooded with loads of ‘expert’ advice from everyone about COVID 19 yet none of those people are even in the health field, the actual experts have dubbed it an Infodemic that there is so much false, unproven, random information out there.

Live what you preach

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We need to practice

We don’t become virtuous by reading Epictetus or Seneca, We need to practice – Massimo Pigliucci

Practice, Practice, Practice that’s all we’re doing, all day every day,

The question is what are you practising?

Are you practising what you said you would or are you practising talking or quitting…

Talking about how you’re going to do this and how your going to do that Or quitting this because it didn’t work the first time

Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage the first time he performed, did he quit… no, He practised

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The early bird can have the worm

“The early bird can have the worm, because worms are gross and mornings are stupid.”

‘You have to rise early to be successful’…

So I keep seeing, but is that all true?

Do you have to be part of the 5am club in order to achieve things?

There are some benefits of course, you can get more done, the rest of the world isn’t up yet, no distractions, You could essentially get a workout in, have breakfast and get the most important stuff done before 9am and have the rest of the day to do other stuff…

But if you anything like me then getting up at 5am is just plain useless,

In the book ‘The Power of When’ Dr Michael Breus Catergrizes humans into 4 main animal types (Dolphin, Lion, Bear and Wolf)

Dolphins and Lions are the early risers, whereas bears (Most of the population) their sleep and creative pattern falls more in line with the standard 9-5…

Then there are the wolves

‘Wolves have a medium sleep drive, they are nocturnal hunters.
There’s no way that a Woolf will wake up with a single alarm or go through the day without a few cups of coffee.

Wolves are moody pessimists, but they are also incredibly creative individuals.

They are impulsive and adventurous but tend to overdramatize from time to time and react with emotional intensity.

They prioritize pleasure before all, which is why they’d rather sleep than work in the morning.

They are most alert sometime around 7 p.m., and most productive late at night.

They have no idea why society is organized the way it is.’

(Summery copied for 12-minute blog)

The point is if your an early riser than enjoy your worms, if you’re more like a wolf, then make sure you utilise your most creative time in the evening and don’t waste it on the tv.