Scallywag

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Archive for August, 2013

Even sticking your tongue out can become a habit.
Good or bad, habits have power.

Don’t Whack Your Habits

August 21st, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 41 secs

Even sticking your tongue out can become a habit.

Even sticking your tongue out can become a habit.

There’s more to habits than meets the eye. While we’ve been told ever since we were knee high to “stop doing that”, it’s harder to do than it looks. Read the rest of this entry »

Not sleeping, meditating.
Why meditate?

Meditation Thanks

August 20th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 47 secs

Not sleeping, meditating.

Not sleeping, meditating.

Meditation often presents as a cliché to me. Think of monks in orange robes and baldheads, all chanting “Ooohm!” and sitting together with their legs impossibly crossed. Good for them. But what about us? Read the rest of this entry »

Talking but not hearing.
I can't hear you!

Stop Listening

August 19th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 1 sec

Talking but not hearing.

Talking but not hearing.

Please stop listening, at least, for a few minutes. Better yet, plan ahead and make it for an hour or two. Because when you do you’ll be able to hear everything and everyone dramatically better. Read the rest of this entry »

Behind anonymity online some people forget respect.
What can we do about hostile comments online?

Friendly Not Nasty Online

August 18th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 29 secs

Behind anonymity online some people forget respect.

Behind anonymity online some people forget respect.

How many times have you encountered nastiness online? It astounds me really, given there’s absolutely no need to be mean. Yet it persists and it needs to be named. Read the rest of this entry »

We are already lucky.
Wishing for luck?

Luckily Wishes Are Optional

August 17th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 7 secs

We are already lucky.

We are already lucky.

When I was a kid I considered being lucky was having an endless supply of sweets (candy). Plus, I longed for that other chestnut children fondly conjure: having 3 wishes.

But my friends and I figured we were clever because we worked out how to stop our imagined luck from ever running out. Simply make one of our wishes be for an endless list of wishes. Read the rest of this entry »

Books may be magical to me and you but what do young people think?
Is finding wonder in books history?

The Book Is Dead

August 16th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 28 secs

Books may be magical to me and you but what do young people think?

Books may be magical to me and you but what do young people think?

Yes, incredibly, the book is dead. Long live the book! Read the rest of this entry »

Happiness is something you can influence.
Who chooses our happiness?

Must You?

August 15th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 24 secs

Happiness is something you can influence.

Happiness is something you can influence.

I know we want to be happy but must we have so many conditions to make it happen? Seems to me that the fewer rules we play to, the more abundant our happiness can be. Read the rest of this entry »

The cake tasts great... once you wipe the spit off.
Let's just say Tasmanians find birthdays a challenge.

Birthdays The Tasmanian Way

August 14th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 40 secs

The cake tasts great... once you wipe the spit off.

The cake tasts great… once you wipe the spit off.

All around the world, birthdays are variously celebrated with celebrations steeped in tradition. Of course, some don’t celebrate them at all. But of those that do, surely Tasmania’s birthday celebrations are some of the most amazing. Read the rest of this entry »

Shopping: are we getting more than we barganied for?
Shopping freedom or mass manipulation?

How To Shop More Happily

August 13th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 38 secs

Shopping: are we getting more than we barganied for?

Shopping: are we getting more than we barganied for?

You and I are conditioned to buy. There is a model cycle for products that runs something like every quarter, 6 months or more, depending on the product. Read the rest of this entry »

She might be more courageous than a dozen tough guys.
What makes bravery?

Brave Every One

August 12th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 38 secs

She might be more courageous than a dozen tough guys.

Could she have more courage than a dozen tough guys?

Bravery isn’t all about rescuing babies from burning houses or collecting kittens from trees. There are brave people everywhere, and quite possibly, even in your street. Read the rest of this entry »