Tag: black&white

Still round the corner there may wait

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkein Adventure? Excitement? Huh. A Jedi craves not these things. Well, perhaps not a Jedi, but certainly an Israel. I love adventure

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I told you that we could fly

“I told you That we could fly ‘Cause we all have wings But some of us don’t know why” – Michael Hutchence Taken from this song – and yet, an amazing thought in itself. We DO all have wings. I experienced

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This is all you have.

“This is all you have. This is not a dry run. This is your life. If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won’t get it back later.” – Laura Schlessinger

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When tempest tossed

“When tempest tossed, embrace chaos.” – Dean Koontz This perfectly sums up the tail end of today. A tempest of gargantuan proportions possessed both my children, and the household disintegrated into madness. So Bel and I rode the chaos until

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Life is a travelling to the edge

“Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.” – D.H. Lawrence So it is. I’ve been blessed by a few soft landings from said leaps recently. Either way, it’s important to remember that we must,

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Wherever you go, there you are

“Wherever you go, there you are.” No attribution to this quote today, as it (according to google) was originally created by about 8,321 different people. It was sent to me by a reader, who reached out yesterday with an amazing email.

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Be calm today

“Be calm today.” More of a reminder for me, than anything else. But I hope it helps you have a calm day, too. With love, and calmness, Israel. xo  

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If the world seems cold to you

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” – Lucy Larcom I am struggling with winter. This happens every year, and every year I struggle with it. I think it’s a combination of a 1910’s-era home

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Take One Step At A Time

“Take one step at a time.” Belinda and I are up for some pretty big stuff. Like… designing and building a coach-sized motorhome, for starters. And transforming children’s health one lunchbox at a time, as well. And leaving the city

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To see the world

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – James Thurber Today’s quote is taken from the film The Secret

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Forgive yourself.

“Forgive yourself.” I set ridiculously high expectations upon myself. I have done it my whole life. I have always been driven to achieve, and I always feel a keen sense of failure whenever I don’t measure up to my own

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Gray skies are just clouds passing over

“Gray skies are just clouds passing over.” – Duke Ellington You know, contrary to yesterday’s piece, I simply love this photo, and I love the simplicity – and truth – of Duke’s quote. That’s about it for today, my friend.

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The Bumps In The Road

“The bumps in the road make the ride more fun.” – Unknown It’s true, although I would suggest it holds more easily true in hindsight. A friend of mine – Alan Fawcett – who interviewed me for the Infinite Pie podcast, tells

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Those who are at war

“Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.” – William Hazlitt I had the most horrible nightmare last night. I dreamt that I had a chance meeting with someone I’ve not seen in years, and the

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Hide not your talents

“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin Interesting use of rhyme, Mr Franklin. Also, an interesting use of the notion of applied purpose. A sundial in the shade is

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Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” – Victor Kiam I recently said goodbye to Facebook. Permanently. I have logged out, changed my password to an unintelligible string of meaningless characters, deleted the app and the bookmark, and intentionally made it extremely difficult

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Countless choices define our fate

“Countless choices define our fate: each choice, each moment – a moment in the ripple of time. Enough ripple, and you can change the tide… for the future is never truly set.” – Charles Xavier So here’s the thing. I

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Updated Family Portraits at Centennial Park

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I met with Michelle and her family for some family portraits at Coogee Beach. Her kids were going into Kindergarten and Year 4 at school, and the shoot was great fun. Michelle and

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Switch off.

“Switch Off.” My apologies for a late dispatch this morning. But here’s the reason, and subsequent inspiration for today’s IQ: Background: I deleted the Facebook app from my iPhone (again) around the middle of last week, and I think it

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Life is a mirror

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” – Ernest Holmes Thanks Ernest. I have nothing to add except this: Ernest speaks the truth, and I have witnessed it first-hand countless times. With love,

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I have always believed

“I have always believed in the magic of childhood and think that if you get your life right that magic should never end.” – Colin Thompson Colin Thompson is the man who brought us such amazing kids picture books as

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