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Writing a Healing Journal

February 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Writing meditation is an exercise that I have used on many occasions – The purpose is to help direct our mind to change our behavior, by understanding the causality of that behaviour.

The way I have understood it is that any challenge we have undergone, in the past or even a current challenge is often not understood at a feeling level – because we are face to face with it.

Hence by writing we can forge a connection between the conscious mind and that part of our mind that houses feelings. Now do correct me if I am wrong but feelings are placed in the mind in the mammalian brain, referred to as the Limbic system … its where feelings are, it where all decisions are made … so I have found by writing every day we gradually form a link between the feeling part of the mind and the rational mind … we convert the feelings into something we can understand … we have to do this as the Limbic system does not have language hence, we have to understand its messages another way …. gradual and regular journal writing did that for me, perhaps it can do it for you?

Gradually over time, we form a link between the parts of the brain and will understand that a frustration we might be feeling may be something like a past regret, a depression or some level of anxiousness about something in the future …the quickest way to start to understand this is to say …. if you are feeling depressed or shameful then the event you are thinking about occurred in the past. If you are feeling fearful or anxious then the event you are concerned about will occur in the future.

Many of the common feelings come from fear … control comes from fear, aggression comes from fear … even conformity is based on control which comes from fear, there can also be fear that non-conformity will hinder us in attaining their goals or being accepted … Governments love it, but conformity is a pipe dream as it is quite unattainable.

Take a few minutes a day … find a quiet place and start writing …

I have found that after about a week of being quiet and writing, you will find yourself becoming more in tune with your feelings, you will become calmer … this can help with your day to day relationships —- My experience is that the changes in your understanding and behaviour will take place without any conscious effort, no matter how old, or what has happened in the past in the normal course of your life, writing a journal will literally calm and begin to bring a greater understanding to your life in just a matter of a few weeks.

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Seagate Hard Drives

January 21, 2015 Leave a comment

This is not the usual content for this site, and I suppose this is a little subjective … but here goes … for years I used Seagate drives and Hitachi (formerly IBM ) drives ….

After the failure of a batch of Seagate drives I thought I would do a comparison …

Exactly 54 weeks ago, I bought the following drives at the same time … used in the same way, stationary on a desktop as a general backup drive.

Qty One Seagate Expansion Disk Backup drive  – 2 TB capacity  USB 3.0

Qty one Aldi (Supermarket) Disk Backup drive – 1 TB Capacity  USB 3.0
All seemed well then exactly 53 weeks, the Seagate drive failed … it just stopped … one week after warranty expired.

The Aldi drive which was cheaper than the Seagate, but is still going strong ….

Some investigations I have done showed the general failure rate of Hitachi and Western Digital Drives in between 1 and 3%

… the failure rate for Seagate drives in over 9% peaking over 13% …

I just thought that this was worth sharing … I guess the learning experience for me .. is what good is a backup drive that fails on such a high and regular basis … taking with it important files…at the end of the day, Seagate though cheaper, followed the old adage that you get what you pay for …

Needless to say I will not be buying Seagate or any of their brand names … no matter how cheap they are.

For an unbiased view point on drives see here http://www.pcworld.com/article/2089464/three-year-27-000-drive-study-reveals-the-most-reliable-hard-drive-makers.html

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Choices – the decisions that create our destiny

November 26, 2014 Leave a comment

At times in our lives, circumstances bring us to a junction, we delay, we rationalise but eventually we face an excruciating decision, that in all cases, asks the question, do I stay on the path that I believed would lead me to my destiny, or do I take the road less traveled –  sadly in this case I feel the decision has been made for me.

Life when lived in the present moment, begins in Acceptance, for life is all that we create in the present .. the future; is yet to be made … the past is history, or our personal version of it, it is really a personal memory, it’s only use is to learn from, the memory will all to soon become a fading life lesson or joyful experience of the past – be grateful for all life experiences … then in the present, that overpowering moment will come, you dread it, but the letting go begins, eventually in the future at some point that will transition into “moving on” … at this time a place is created for synchronicity to enter your life again  … for new experiences, and yet still we wonder, especially if it is a fondly held desire or experience …. maybe its not over!

I believe that letting go is always an intention we must have in the present moment, it is not state to be reached on a mountain to be climbed, for after a while, what was once a cherished experience, or an ambition or a person .. we struggle, we seek to try to triumph over the obstacles, we try … but at some point an awareness comes that perhaps the gap between you and your beloved is so vast, you don’t know the way, you can’t fix what is wrong yourself – you need help, but it does not come, you are adrift in a fog at sea without a paddle or compass … the gap between you widens, the relationship begins very slowly to wither, perhaps because of lack of thought, kindness, or even empathy for the others experience, or perhaps for your own … these are the little deaths by degree, we fear, we doubt – especially when we reflect on the wonder of what was – but it withers before our eyes, we should engage to heal, but if that isn’t possible, we fight – we tenaciously hold on by our finger nails, but inevitably we will accept what is clear, it’s over. Eventually we will emulate that well trodden historical meme … “time heals” … we detach, and we have a space in our lives, for something to come at some point … and suddenly we are in a strange place …. we are free, that kind of scary freedom, where we are truly responsible for our lives, hold true to your values in choosing what may come … eventually that once cherished dream, becomes a memory which eventually we will place at the back of the dark bookshelf in the archive of our mind – from this we can draw some comfort from the understanding that without forgetting life would be impossible.

We then begin the hardest task of all, for its time to go on alone, we feel someone is strangely absent, but strengthened that the world didn’t end … we process the loss and in some cases even the expectation of what never came into our present … and we begin at first with the most tentative baby steps, we step by step create the future from what comes into our present at that future time. We forgive the past, we smile lovingly at those that visited for such a short time, then eventually we are free to begin again, we do this so we don’t carry the past with us, and so the past does not affect our future … but still even after all this, in the solitude of the moment we reflect, perhaps whilst we wait in line for coffee, or in solitude at the park, we wistfully muse on what might have been, and wonder !!

Much, much later, we wander through our senses and you discover that life has a different taste … a sense of wonder for what may come … for me, I want the present I have to manifest in its full glory, if not I wonder what is to come, but I know that whatever comes, I will be open to it and flow 🙂

Gandhi and the 7 Things that will destroy us – the dangers to Human Virtue

June 29, 2014 Leave a comment

I wrote about the principles of Socrates Fundamental Principles – on this blog – http://bit.ly/qW3zgk

Here I am writing about Gandhi and his 7 Dangers to Human Virtue … the 7 things that will destroy us.

  •  Wealth without work
  •  Pleasure without conscience
  •  Knowledge without character
  •  Business without ethics
  •  Science without humanity
  •  Religion without sacrifice
  • Politics without Principle

We as a culture and a society fail in every single count. We need change in our society.. because we are not living in harmony, we are living, or trying to live alone … I coined the term “Social Intelligence” — a crowd sourced consciousness and intelligence

If we can somehow live the life for others, which of course means that others live their life for us .. what is wrong with that or we could encapsulate it by saying “If we all lived for others – sounds so great, as remember that means that others are living their life for you”

Remember what Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1955 … “Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics.”

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There are Four types of men:

September 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Not to be sexist, insert either sex where applicable

There are four types of men:

1. One who knows and knows that he knows… His horse of wisdom will reach the skies.

2. One who knows, but doesn’t know that he knows… He is fast asleep, so you should wake him up!

3. One who doesn’t know, but knows that he doesn’t know… His limping mule will eventually get him home.

4. One who doesn’t know and doesn’t know that he doesn’t know… He will be eternally lost in his hopeless oblivion!”

Ibn Yami, 13th-century Persian-Tajik poet (Born 1286 in Faryumad, near Sebzevar; died 1368)

There is a another version as below by Solomon Ibn Gabriol (He was born in Malaga about 1021; died about 1058 in Valencia)

There are four types of men in this world:

1. The man who knows, and knows that he knows; he is wise, so consult him.

2. The man who knows, but doesn’t know that he knows; help him not forget what he knows.

3. The man who knows not, and knows that he knows not; teach him.

4. Finally, there is the man who knows not but pretends that he knows; he is a fool, so avoid him.”


Take what you will from either .. you get the idea …

My only comment would be that nothing seems to have changed

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Twitter – has it reached its use by date

May 25, 2012 Leave a comment

I have used Twitter for well over a year .. and frankly speaking I find it to be the best and most immediate and responsive of the Social Media Applications .

However recently myself and others have found it to be somewhat stagnant … it is not breaking any new ground, in the terms of demographics or geographic penetrations.

Now it is being not used anymore for the purpose to which it was created, but that is a normal progression .. however we still have those who cannot apply new thinking to a new product and are still using it like Facebook as a list of products … so old media … so mass media … not how one works with Social media at all ..

I have always believed that the best marketing program is a mix of all media .. including old media … electronics and print … all the way to Social Media .. whose function we know if to create and nurture relationships, it is not and never will be a direct sales channel.

Any questions .. ask away

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Introduction to the issues concerning Engagement in consulting

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I was recently speaking on chat to a friend of some problems I had with trying to impress on a company, the seriousness of their disconnect with their end clients who were, after all, you know real people… (like them?) it sort of went like this..


We are all much more creative than we give ourselves credit. Sorry for my disconnection with you … I have been trying every which was I can to relate and communicate to non-creative (C level Operations & Executive personnel ) to get them to comprehend what I consider as real business concerns … they consider as irrelevant emotive concepts like customer experience, engagement, feelings, Trust, and other more tangible concepts such as sustainable growth (that they understand) and I further spoke to them about future growth strategies that require innovative and out of the box thinking (therefore investment) .. any real growth without innovation is a fantasy .. future real growth will come from disruptive products and services that fracture and re-define the markets

I am certainly passionate about those areas …. where the corporate world think they are operating in a vacuum …. the psychological aspects of individual C Level career success restricts focus, narrows perspective & may break engagement & understanding of customers – I think it more than breaks the connection with the customers … except for those very rare people who have their feet on the ground – not too many of those …

Its amazing the mess that this one issue is causing the likes of News Corp, HP, Netflix, Yahoo and the obvious one is the looming changes facing Mass Media … you know Film, Mass Media (TV)+ Cable + Newspaper + Magazines .. Amazon must be loving this ..

I am been quiet on the blog, because I have been trying to process the so many changes since the uncloaking of the morally reprehensible behaviours of News Corp and a separate free lesson on how to damage your brand and lose over a million of subscribers courtesy of NETFLIX, Yahoo and the bickering … and the fork in the road that HP find themselves — put there through their own bad strategic planning … and lets not forget Delta who are without doubt the singularly worst client and customer culture I have ever observed in a company ….. and finally what the death of a truly inspiring creator, Steve Jobs will mean for Business in general but for Apple in particular, so I will come back here … give me a while to compose my thoughts and we will get at it.

PerhapsI can point to a letter sent by a recent passenger of Delta by my friend Sandra Maxey … here is the link … @sandymaxey Letter to Delta Airlines CEO – http://bit.ly/qcPxoK

But a couple more points while  we are here, I am wondering if we are all in the mess because of the MBA Program … it may make business understandable, but business is not a thing, each company is a life, made up of their own dreams and aspirations, full of individual people whom it might be nice to think are actually going in the same direction as the company, (most aren’t because of flawed Corporate cultures) and the most important aspect, their customers, who are all real people, who want to be valued and engaged … and refused to be categorized and sorted just so it makes it easier for the company to dissociate themselves from this truth .. companies are people … so are customers, people even own it … (maybe not directly) people manage it, operate in it, and who they sell their product or service to … you need to value them or basically become irrelevant .. you will cease to exist.

One last observation, the large aspect of the MBA attitude is one of expedience .. which is kind of abhorrent to me .. however that aside, recently I heard that Harvard and Wharton Schools were adding ethics classes to the MBA .. what a total waste of time, ethics, principles and integrity is not something you can teach, it is something that has to be part of your values, the actual make-up of your personality – if not, when you are put under pressure they (ethics) will not be your go to code of conduct.

So I would say again, to change the way the world thinks we need to teach our children value – and guess what its not money .. its collaboration, and relationships … but more later

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