Tag: quotes

Your strength is there

“Your strength is there when you really need it.”  My son is currently in hospital – which is my reason for the delayed IQ today. He’s always had “funky” big toes – they were deformed when he was first born,

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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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Hide Nothing

“Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.” – Sophocles This morning my son jumped into bed around 6am for some warm cuddles. (Which I LOVE.) The interesting part is this: lying there in between me

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Do not fear death

“Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.” – Bertolt Brecht Today I attended the funeral of my Uncle. I knew him most of my life, but distantly; someone I’d see at large family get-togethers for a

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Say No More Often

“Say No More Often.” Politely, but firmly. Take back the time you need to nurture yourself, to do the projects that are most important to you, or to avoid doing the things you don’t want to do. It’s OK, you’ll

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Love Thy Self

“Love Thy Self.” I can’t count the number of times this phrase has bounced through my head over the past eighteen months. Despite this, I seem to have selective amnesia about it – forgetting this phrase, forgetting to use it,

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Strength and growth

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill Man, I am struggling right now. I am struggling with the massive changes in our life, I am struggling my own expectations about myself and my work, and

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A journey of a thousand miles

  “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu So, today we bought a bus. This is a picture of it. It is lovely. It is big. It goes VROOM (loudly). This is the

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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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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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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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Happy is the man

“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.” – Ovid Picture me, with a pair of bolt cutters, trying to break those chains. With love, and

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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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False Expectations Appearing Real

“FEAR: False Expectations Appearing Real.” Yesterday I drove a 13.5 metre, 15-tonne bus for the first time. I also managed to qualify for my Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence. One more item checked off the list for our upcoming adventure around Oz.

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If you’re bored

“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” – Lou Holtz Don’t panic… I’m not bored with life. I just know that I

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There is an eternal landscape

“There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.” – Josephine Hart Shot while flying somewhere between Minneapolis-St Paul and Los Angeles airports, on the way home from MisfitCon. I can’t

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Old wood best to burn

“Old wood best to burn, Old wine to drink, Old friends to trust, And old authors to read.” – Athanaeus In the past few days I’ve really come to terms with (read: utterly surrendered to) the value of experience. The

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No one realizes

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang Ain’t that the truth. After a full 24 hours of flying from Fargo to Sydney,

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But if it be a sin to covet honour

“But if it be a sin to covet honour,I am the most offending soul alive.” – William Shakespeare, Henry V The character above is the logo of the Misfits. I love this little character – he has come to mean

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Home is where

“Home is where the heart is.” The one person missing from this portrait is my beautiful wife, who was so excited to see me that she nearly vaulted the barrier at the airport arrivals chute, to sprint up and give

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Success is about dedication

“Success is about dedication.” – Usher Dedication. A heavy, powerful word. Also, the reason why these IQs are still going out scheduled, while I’m still in Fargo. (In fact, by now, I may well be in transit somewhere back to

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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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There are no extra pieces

“There are no extra pieces in the Universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.” – Deepak Chopra The obvious correlation is between the

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