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Can anyone guess where this photograph was taken? It is overlooking an ancient city in a country which holds about 3 million people, but has over 10 million people scattered around the world.

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Remember those rosy days when you were carefree, happy and your heart was brimming with love for the world? Ok, so maybe you don’t remember or you’ve never had those days, but my point is – we tend to romanticise the past.

Reminiscing about the good old days… with friends, family and in our wishful thinking. There is a good chance that it WAS much simpler back then. But I have another theory – It is partly due to the fact that we already got through the moment that we see it as ‘easier back then’.

When we were in high school, for instance, studying for the HSC government exams was a massive pressure that took up a lot of our head space, energy and time. But if you moved into the workforce or university (or both) after this period, then the realisation hits you that it was really just a baby step before being flung into the wide world.

Maybe now it seems easier…but at that moment it was big. It was hard. It was something.

It can be lovely to day dream about the good past, and remember little events, transient moments and previous treasures. If we went back, of course it would be easier, because of who we have become. But that doesn’t help us now!

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

So until it’s done (whatever it may be) this quote + picture combo is going to make me smile.

Just watch me 🙂

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“Staying more than escaping. Pausing rather than rushing. These are our most pressing needs.”

I would be naïve if I thought this was a revelation – nevertheless, the truth of the matter is that many of our lives are fast-paced, busy and tiring; our heads filled with useless information, expectations, pressures, fuzzy unformed thoughts, theories about the multitude of worldviews and ‘isms’, status updates, the little ding-dong of a message alert; and our hearts with deep burning desires that fluctuate like the weather on an Australian Autumn day.

The soundtrack to LIFE has been playing with a relentless beat.

With so much to do, I sometimes forget that taking time out without ‘achieving’ anything is O-K. Strangely enough, when I start getting assessments and exams I become a champion procrastinator and I tell myself these things constantly. Yet there are still emails to be answered, chores that don’t magically disappear, time to be spent with certain people, and the general feeling that I should be participating in an activity that will perhaps help build a career portfolio, strengthen my social network and learn something new to expand my intellectual capacity.

As I was rummaging through my closet and trying to organise bundles of clothes, I found this little shirt that had been discarded and forgotten. It has a beautiful message that came at the perfect time. 

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I was spring cleaning my inbox yesterday, when I came across these questions (below) that got me thinking about the way I used to think, the way I currently think and how I am re-thinking this sentence.

Are you asking yourself different questions now than your younger self?

If so, there could be a number of reasons, including a greater understanding of the world, learning answers as we grow; or that some questions become irrelevant, others too painful and perhaps some that even the greatest philosophers debate.

It is healthy to ask questions, even though it can be quite exhausting at times; especially when the answer is not pleasing or simply missing.

The following questions had me smiling, scratching my head and thinking…

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 Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are dead?

 

Why do banks charge a fee on “insufficient funds” when they know there is not enough money in the account?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn’t glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialised?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuüm cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuüm one more chance?

Why is it that plastic bags do not open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you don’t hear father-in-law jokes?

And my favourite…

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends if they’re okay, then it’s you.

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