Philosophies

The magic thing about home

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The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back. I put this quote, by author Wendy Wunder, to the test when I returned “home” two months ago, after almost ten years of being away. It was just a brief visit, 5 rainy days in

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Feeling special at Star Trek Dortmund

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A couple of months ago, I was ambushed in my kitchen by a large group of friends. Since I had a major birthday coming up, they figured out the best way to surprise me. This would, of course, be to plan something to happen many months before said birthday. Thus ensuring surprise and delight on

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Queen Elizabeth: the sun sets on the Empire

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“How do you feel about your head of state dying?” My colleague’s question took me by surprise. Being Australian, I suppose the death of Queen Eizabeth doesn’t really affect me. On the other hand, it’s like the sun has fallen out of the sky. Last Monday, millions of people from the far reaches of the

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The art of assertiveness

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Assertiveness. It’s a word that is so in vogue lately but, paradoxically, with so little actual practical application. Being assertive means much more than just saying the right thing at the most appropriate time. To be assertive is also to know to keep quiet when necessary. Or to refrain from engaging in fights that do

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The joy of living

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What would you do with your life if you didn’t have to save the world or its people? It feels fantastic to have an impact on the world. To make people smile, uplift them, empower them, and create a better future for them. Some of you reading this might feel that you want to touch

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Your most important relationship ever

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The most important relationship in your life is between you and… yourself. Not your parents, not your kids, your partner, God, your money, whatever. None of these. Just you and you. Think back to your last breakup, the time when you drew a hard line in the sand. Whether it was with a person, with

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