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The aim of art

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle There is a joy, a rapture, that I find in projects that are creative and for people I like. I got

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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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Words empty as the wind

“Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.” – Homer Empty was the keyword tonight as I sat down to create an IQ. I honestly was – and kinda still am – utterly empty. I have worked hard, played hard, fought

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Stand up to your obstacles

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” – Norman Vincent Peale Today is a significant day in the building of our bus. I am

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The quality of a father can be seen

“The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.” – Reed Markham Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there :) I’m dedicating this

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Play

“Play.” It’s Sunday here, which is a family day of fun for us. My daughter is sick with either Rubella or Measles or Chicken Pox – she’s super spotty, and we will be seeing the doctor tomorrow – and despite

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Science is organized knowledge

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Immanuel Kant I am feeling the need for some more organization. Today, that is all. With love, Israel. xo  

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Connect.

“Connect.” Occasionally we get opportunities to connect with others. Fortunately for me, in my work and in my personal life, I get these opportunities almost daily. And since connecting with other people gives me energy and vitalises me, I do my

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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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Meditate

“Meditate.” I’ve written about meditation before, here, here and here. What’s interesting about meditation, is that I know the value it can bring, yet I struggle to make it a regular part of my daily routine – like yoga, actually. While on

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STRIVE

“STRIVE.” Defined as: verb     make great efforts to achieve or obtain something struggle or fight vigorously I love this word. I chose it for this IQ because it perfectly describes what the tree in the picture is doing,

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Take a break

“Take a break.” Exactly. That’s why I’m going on a week’s holiday to tropical Cairns, leaving in a few hours! (For my international readers, Cairns is here.) I’ll still be delivering daily IQs, although they may well be more philosophical,

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There is no scarcity of opportunity

“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” – Wayne Dyer Scarcity of resolve. I think that phrase sums up the disappointments of mankind since

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It takes courage to grow up

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E. E. Cummings I wholeheartedly agree. There are few things scarier than confronting who you really are. In extremis, the mask slipped from the face… In Year 10 English,

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The only rock I know

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” – Lee Iacocca Most of you already know how I feel about both my own family, and the broader institution of family. It

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I am a man of fixed and unbending principles

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.” – Everett Dirksen Everyone is equipped with a brain with which to reason out answers to perplexing challenges. To be inflexible

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The past becomes a texture

“The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present.” – Paul Scott Many many years ago, Bel and I did this course called The Landmark Forum. It’s a personal development course, and among other things, we both credit it

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Commitment

“Commitment is an act, not a word.” – Jean-Paul Sartre I love this quote. It truly sums up where my head is at right now. For the entire year I’ve been saying I’m committed to the practice of daily yoga. But in

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A thousand words

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen I love this shot. It reminds me of Renoir. (I think it’s the water lilies…) Impressionism … impressions … and hence today’s quote by Henrik Ibsen. Coincidentally

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