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Jun

What a Lot Of Things I Don’t Need!

Short Take: Living Fully

Recently, I had time to kill whilSocratese waiting to have dinner. I did this by walking Centrepoint Mall at Orchard. This used to be one of my favourite hangouts, and it’s got something of interest for everyone, from books to toys to cooking ware to music instruments. But as I window shopped, a famous utterance from Socrates kept springing to mind.

 

 

“What a lot of things I don’t need!”

 

 

 

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19
Jun

Don’t Be a Sisy! (phus)

Short Take: Living Fully

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who sought to be cleverer than not just men but the Gods, including Zeus himself. His life story is filled with trickery, plots and machinations all toward some nefarious end.

 

The Gods punished him by condemninSisyphusg him to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill. But always before he could reach the top and tip it over, the boulder would roll back down to the bottom. So he would have to repeat this again and again. An ironic punishment for the man whose every scheme held a very definite purpose.

 

Hence we derive the word “Sisyphean” meaning an endless task with no end and to no purpose or effect.

 

An interesting and amusing story, but lest we dismiss it with a laugh and a shrug, think:

Are we, right now, doing the same thing?

 

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8
Jun

What if it was a Gift?

Short Take: Motivation and Meaning

egg on faceIn Life we often get thrown curved balls we can’t catch and egg in the face we can’t dodge.

 

At times like this I find a question (attributed to marriage therapist Dr Robert Glover) extremely empowering.

 

What if it was a Gift?

 

If something bad, unpleasant, disappointing, or heartbreaking happens, this question has often helped me derive something positive from it, often in the form of:

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3
Jun

Short Takes Introduction

For a while, friends have been advising me to start writing some shorter posts. I’ve considered the merits for a long time. But the mounting pros have finally pushed me to acquiescence.

Here’s why I’m going to introduce a new type of post, the Short Take.

 

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