What role does money play in your life?
If you are like most people, money probably plays a very central role in your life. We can never seem to get enough of it – and isn’t it funny how quickly it comes and goes?
I recently spoke to my friend Davide De Angelis who is doing some amazing work with his latest product – an incredible range of Tarot products based on the life and work of David Bowie.
I invited Davide to write a few words for my readers outlining his journey and how he got here. This is what Davide had to say – hold tight for an amazing ride:-
There was a time when most of my waking hours were being shaped by a lack of money. At one point things became very grim indeed.
One day as my wife Esther and I sat scowling at each other, me clutching a court summons for unpaid tax and Esther brandishing a final demand from the electricity company, a vocal purging of dramatic proportions ensued: unspoken truths, secrets, buried anger and deep resentments flooded to the surface like an erupting volcano.
We had tried everything – borrowed money from family and friends, sold some old family jewellery and even researched some free tax tools.
Happy New Year everyone!
Trust you had a wonderful festive time and New Year celebration with your loved ones.
As we now get into this New Year, here’s possibly the most important question you can answer this year:-
Just HOW will you make this New Year a Happy Year?
The key word we use to greet each other at this time of the year is “Happy”. As we move away from the old and bring in the new, we expect things to somehow magically be different and better on the other side of the New Year fireworks.
As you know, life is not like that!
You and I have to consciously make it happen so that things are magically different and better in the New Year. The MAGIC comes from us – through our clear intentions, effort and focus.
And the important question is this – how will YOU make this year your best year ever?
Is Christmas a joyous time for you? Or are you stressed?
Around Christmas time, overspending on presents, pressure from kids and other loved ones, prolonged and close proximity to difficult family members and loneliness can all build up your stress levels.
Christmas can also be very demanding on your relationship as you spend a lot of time together with your immediate family and perhaps your extended family and even the in-laws.
However, it doesn’t have to be so.
Christmas is meant to be fun and joyous!
This year take charge and make it work for you.
Make this Christmas the best ever for you and the family.
Sit down right now for half an hour and decide for yourself what YOU can do this year to make it so.
Here are my tips for making this Christmas your best ever:-
Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone!
Well, a lot has happened in the world over the last few weeks. Just what is the world coming to!?
If you look around, the world faces umpteen challenges today and it’s really time for us to rise to the challenge and make it happen for a better world for all us. At the same time we have to make the most of our own lives and make the most of what we all have.
Even at a personal level we all face so many challenges. Right now I have dear friends who are going through a painful divorce whilst a very close coaching friend is going through her last days after a serious illness and is now in palliative care in New York,
Of course it is not how or when you die, but ultimately what matters is how you lived your life – and the legacy you created.
Life is so precious and it breaks my heart every time I hear of the killings and atrocities that happen every day in the name of religion, politics etc.
Right now the world is a very different place compared to last Thanksgiving Day with the Brexit outcome and the USA election.
A while back, a blog reader emailed me directly to challenge my way of looking at the world through “rose-tinted glasses”.
Well, as I replied to him, I am happy to see the world the way I see it. Of course it’s not about being blind to reality, but choosing to see how things can be different and in a way which uplifts and benefits everyone.
So yes, I for one am happy to be upbeat about our humanity and our potential to solve the huge problems we face today. There are so many inspirational people who are striving to change to things for the better – and their number is growing.
I am always inspired and filled with hope when I learn of all the good things happening in the world. For example, Nirvana School in Pondicherry, South India, is going from strength to strength with over 500 children now receiving a good education and being well cared for.
These children may not have much in material terms, they have so much more to offer us and teach us.
And yet we in the West who have a lot to be thankful for so often take life and all our goodness for granted.
We all have deep within us this calling and a capacity to help others, to make a difference in some way and to make ourselves count.
So my invitation to you on this Thanksgiving Day is to remember to be grateful for all that you have – and to strive for something bigger than you.
Check out my tips on how to live with an attitude of gratitude.
No matter what, celebrate your challenges too!
Also, a while ago, I wrote 5 special articles for this week of Thanksgiving. So to help you celebrate and appreciate all that you have to be thankful for, check out all 5 articles about this special time.
Thanksgiving Lesson 1 – How To Embrace What You Already Have
Thanksgiving Lesson 2 – How To Let Yourself Give and Receive
Thanksgiving Lesson 3 – How To Add a Little Sizzle to Your Relationships
Thanksgiving Lesson 4 – How to Harvest the Wisdom from my Blogger Friends
Thanksgiving Lesson 5 – How to Serve Others at the Global Table
PS As I said, please remember that no matter what challenges you may be facing in your life we all have so much to be grateful for. 🙂
Life is short. Cherish this moment. Treasure this memory. Celebrate this life…
This is my 600th blog post!
To mark my 600th blog post, I could not have chosen a more appropriate topic for me – love.
And on Valentine’s Day too!
I looked around at many Facebook pages to get the best image quotes to share with you on this momentous day – and I found a real treasure trove for you all!
Firstly, what does the word love mean to you?
Does it evoke a vision of red roses, serenading in the park, moonlit walks and champagne?
In our world of glossy magazines and glitzy media, where we are constantly bombarded with images of the ideal, love struck and “perfect” couple, is it any wonder that the real meaning of love has been so diluted.
Love for some is about being starry eyed and going gaga over someone. The actual being in love becomes more important than ever truly loving someone.
Some people are even in love with the idea of being in love!
I have shared these words before on my blog and I make no excuse for sharing again these famous words from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (by Louis de Bernieres):-
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day.
That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those who truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from the branches they find that they are one tree and not two.”
The question is what will it take for you to be able to love like this?
And what will it take for the world to wake up to the true meaning of love?
Remember that you can have at least 23 top ways to be love today and every day, not just on Valentine’s Day.
So Just What is Love?
Love is the most amazing thing in our lives. It is what makes us human, what makes life worth living. Nothing else truly matters. The size of our homes, bank balances, the beauty of our spouse, the speed of our car – all these things pale into insignificance when we face the splendour of what it is that makes us tick.
Love does not make the world go around – it simply makes the ride worthwhile! (more…)
Have you ever hated someone who was just so good at everything they did?
They couldn’t do anything wrong whilst there was poor you, struggling with the most mundane of things.
You know what I mean – that smart ass kid at school who annoyingly always got straight As. That hot girl who everyone wanted to date, was super at all sports, knew all the latest dance moves and came top of the class.
And worst of all while you slaved away every day immersed deeply in your books during your college days, these smart students never seemed to study. Instead they were out partying every night – they were the smart in-crowd.
It was as if they were born high-achievers.
Yes, we have all been there. And didn’t you just hate these guys and gals?
Of course it doesn’t end there – at work there is always that one smarmy work colleague who just knows it all – and you hate to admit it but he really knows far more than you do. Like him or not, you grudgingly accept that he is simply brilliant. And sadly you are not anywhere near their level.
Yet deep down you know that you are as good as them. In fact you just know you are better than them. You even feel smug knowing that you are actually smarter than them – it’s just that no one has discovered this about you.
Worst is this pain of knowing that you could be so much more in life – it hurts you to the core of your being to know that life is passing you by whilst you are being mediocre. And others are getting the glory.
Life seems so unfair – you are from the same gene pool. What have they got that you don’t?
Well, what if I told you that there was a way to become just like them? To become even better than them?
If you wanted to, you too could become such a high-achiever. Indeed you could ruffle so many feathers with your brilliance and your success that others would love to hate you too.
The good news for you is that it really does not take much to raise your game and become a high achiever yourself.