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GLAD HE DIDN’T QUIT! In a previous edition of ‘Midweek Musings’ we had referred to an Apple TV series called Long Way Up, which documents actor Ewan McGregor and his friend’s Charlie Boorman’s extraordinary 13,000 mile journey across South and Central America on electric motorcycles. Starting from the southernmost tip of South America, the friends traveled through 12 countries …

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HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR ‘EMOTIONAL BANK ACCOUNT’? According to author Stephen R, Covey, the emotional bank account is a metaphor for the amount of trust that has been built up in a relationship. It is the feeling of safeness you have with another person. As with an actual bank account, each of us makes deposits …

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7 Good Reasons Why You Should Stay Humble Humility is a fascinating concept, but an oft-misunderstood one. A lot of people equate humility with submissiveness and docility, and end up recoiling somewhat from the thought of being humble. One can hardly blame them, for no one particularly enjoys being a ‘doormat’ that others walk over. …

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Standing in the ‘Tragic Gap’ It is difficult not to be affected by the pain we see in the world around us. The last two years have been particularly anxiety-inducing, with the scourge of Covid affecting all of our lives in one way or another. Many of us have also experienced “second-hand stress” from the stories …

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Just Do It… It is said that Alexander the Great, when asked how he had conquered the known world in only ten years, replied in three words, “By not delaying.” 2300 years or so later, Nike, the shoe company more or less said the same thing when it coined its slogan (again, in three words) …

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‘The Pain Will Pass, but the Beauty Will Remain’ Pierre Auguste-Renoir (1841-1919) was a prolific French impressionist artist who painted thousands of paintings depicting French life in the last three decades of the 19th century. Renoir’s paintings are displayed in some of the finest art galleries around the world and give joy to millions. At …

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ARE YOU AN AUTHENTIC SMILER? We all know the difference between a genuine smile and a fake smile. A fake smile, it is said, ‘doesn’t reach the eyes’. But did you know that there is an actual scientific term for authentic smiles? They are called ‘Duchenne smiles’, named after Guillame Duchenne, a 19th-century Neurologist who …

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LESSONS FROM THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE The Hubble Space Telescope is a large, space-based observatory which has revolutionized astronomy since its deployment in space in April 1990. Because it is located far above rain clouds, light pollution, and atmospheric distortions, the Hubble telescope provides crystal-clear views of the universe. According to nasa.gov, Hubble has made more than …

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Don’t Be Bitter, Be Better. The late Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the 1990s’ bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, made a profound observation: “The children of blame are cynicism and hopelessness. When we succumb to believing that we are victims of our circumstances and yield to the plight of fatalism, we lose …

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THE 13,000-MILE JOURNEY For many, 2022 has not brought with it the hope and sense of anticipation that the dawn of a new year usually brings. One big reason for this, of course, is the onset of Coronoavirus’ third wave, making 2022 feel like a deja vu and a repeat of 2021 and 2020. The scourge of sickness …

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