Emotional intelligence – a pathway to success in life

Some might insist that meditation is a mandatory or integral pathway to emotional intelligence or mindfulness. I would suggest it is but one of many pathways to achieving the same. Perhaps we have always had emotionally intelligent people but have only more recently identified it as a phenomenon that is…

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Micro-management is rarely useful or helpful

Are cockies a little like micro-managers? Too prevalent, annoying and without any useful or obvious purpose. Micro-management is a problem “Micro managed to the point of being numb”. So said once such victim. What are the consequences of being micro-managed? Micro-manager.   On-going stress and anxiety, hyper-vigilance, fatigue, relationship difficulties, conflict,…

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Comparison is the thief of joy (Theodore Roosevelt)

Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it is stupid.  (Albert Einstein) “There are people worse off than me”. We encounter this mantra often. So say those who believe they are being humble,…

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The (many) tree(s) of knowledge

A symbol of so much more. A memorial to the shearers’ strike of 1891 and consequences of same. Barcaldine, central Queensland, Australia. As I contemplate this post, I pondered alternate titles, including some less succinct or positive. ‘The sadness of needing to be better than our leaders’. Some of our…

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Beyond the black stump

Words, pictures, imagery and metaphor. Its quite funny to actually visit the place of origin of this very Australian metaphor. I wonder what the equivalents could be in other countries? I have written before about the interaction between words and pictures, language and imagery. The common expression that a picture…

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The tragedy of the commons

Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?‘Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it hereWe satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deedsIn the name of destiny and in the name of God The Last Resort.  Glenn Frey…

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Out of the frying pan … into the fire (flood)

This century, many places in the world are experiencing record-breaking weather events, including drought, bush-fires and floods. Here in my country, in Western Queensland, those on the land have endured a seven-year drought. (Gascoyne River, Carnarvon, Western Australia). Then the rains came, and rained and rained, and rained some more….

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When enough … is enough.

Opulence, extravagance … or honourable, inspirational and reverential? When is enough money, for one individual, enough? And should those who have acquired extreme wealth, such as contemporary billionaires, be obligated to share their excessive wealth, whether via exceptional taxation legislation, or other civilised means? These thoughts came to my consciousness…

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The more complex our lives, the more simplicity matters

Complexity and simplicity, and much in between. Complex engineering, complex growing child’s brain; simple cruising at sea, simple pleasure for a child exploring rock pools, sensually, visually and with curiosity. Within a natural ecosystem that sustains us all. The simple pleasures. And almost always free. Watch a young child at…

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