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Month: October 2019


Not my first dance

While moving from where I am now in terms of fitness to finishing an Ironman Triathlon seems a long stretch, this is not my first time doing this. It is not the first time I have been this fat and unfit (I have been worse), and it is not the first time I have set fitness goals and achieved them.  When I got married in 2001, I weighed around 146kg. I knew I needed to do something about it, so set a goal of running the Melbourne marathon. I did this in 2003, completing the race in 4hrs 31 minutes.…
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A Spoon full of Oil – The Secret of Happiness?

I recently listened to the audiobook of the The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I had not read the book itself, but the audio book was fantastic. I was struck by a particular metaphor , which I have quoted below (in italics). Following on from my post on Greta Thunberg, and our obsession with money and economic growth, I thought this was topical. "A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at the top of a mountain.…
Other Mens Flowers

Greta Thunberg

I have watched with some interest, some amusement, and some disgust the commentary around the speech by Greta Thunberg at the United Nations (see below for YouTube Link and full transcript). What she had to say was horrific in the context of climate change, and the way that the climate change sceptics in politics and the media went after her, playing the man, not the ball was disgusting. I don’t really want to tackle client change here. It is a big topic and I have not un-packaged enough of my thoughts on the subject to feel comfortable discussing it. The…

IM50 – What is it about

IM50 is a community of people who are a stage of life where many significant changes can occur. Changes such as Children finishing their education and moving out Milestone birthdays such as 40 or 50, or 60 Retirement Parents passing away Divorce In my case, I am 46, very overweight, and have recently gone through a divorce. I have had to do a lot of work over the last year realigning my vision for the future. Much of what I had committed my life towards, buying the family home, renovating, landscaping it, and building the ideal family life has disappeared…
Other Mens Flowers

What is this all about?

“I have gathered a posse of other men’s flowers and nothing but the threads that binds them is my own” This was written by Montaigne, but I got it from An Anthology of Poetry that I found in a second hand bookstore many years ago called “Other Mens Flowers” . The compiler was Field-Marshal Viscount Wavell, who fought in the Boer War, and World War 1, ending up at his retirement as Viceroy of India. He was certainly a product of another time, when reading poetry was probably akin to watching unbox, or cat video’s on Youtube. In his words,…