Monday, December 8, 2014

Finding Happiness In Spite OF Other People

Why do we expect people to do what we want? Why are we surprised when we say they act unreasonably?  We can become angry when people 'let us down'.  Are we expecting too much?

I think we are.

Realistically people will be people!  This sounds trite but if we accept it we can find happiness.
If we don't take everything personally or think people are doing something just to annoy us we can 'get over ourselves' and get real!
People in our lives will fail and muck up - take it as a given!

Say to yourself - hey we are all human and will all fuck up so when we see it happen no need to be angry.  Just look at the persons good stuff and accept the rest as a part of them.

This doesn't mean accept anyone and everyone as you need to be real about the fact some people shouldn't be in your life if you want to be happy!  If you can say a person is bad for your happiness then remove them from your life!

Many of us are waiting for happiness to arrive. We believe if we’re not happy now we will be when . . . . .  happens!

Daily annoyances that seems trivial can have large impacts on how we feel.  The other side to happiness - sadness and depression are real.  With happiness comes sadness. Life is a balance!

The human experience is connecting to people with all types of emotions. A hard time lets us find our greatest strength.  You will know happiness when it comes because of having experienced the opposite.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fear Politics

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin

It seems politicians and the media are hand in glove manipulating the public and running a 'beware the boogeyman', 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' blitz to produce fear and anxiety and throw out reason, tolerance and debate!

The Government says a threat to Australians from Islamic extremists is immediate.

Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria and will return home and kill us in our beds!

Apparently we need massive spending on counter-terrorism and our privacy sacrificed to 'battle' this threat.

Tony Abbott wants to presents as a leader for this fearful world but are we looking at the 'Emperor with no clothes'.  A one sided press would have us believe otherwise.  Flag waving - team Australia!!

If the terrorists aim is to instill fear then our own government and media are allies to their cause as we now live in continual panic mode. 

Fear is a natural emotion. Letting it rule us is a choice. Acting like sheep is a choice.

We can do better!

There be dragons!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Team Australia ?

What is this 'Team Australia' of the government and Tony Abbott?

The newly branded Australian nationalism of 'Team Australia' is being weighed as all are expected to accept the threat of terrorism and invasion of boat people's is a 'clear and present danger' to our lives and country and linked to our national identity.

Those opposed to anything with this label are disloyal too Australia.

So would you want to be on this team? What does it mean?

Does it mean we must agree to deregulate education,  rip Medicare apart and repeal benefits and social security so those reliant on government assistance will be worse off.  Income inequality and the wealth gap will be wider than ever.  At the same time wanting to reduce company tax rates and repeal laws that the powerful and rich in our society want removed.

Doesn't seem like a 'team' I'd want to join!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

War On Illicit Drugs in Australia? Working?

It appears that Australia has failed to control drugs

A report titled “The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are letting it happen” from Australia21.

The report co-author Bob Douglas, a former President of The Public Health Association of Australia, said the war on drugs was “conceptually unsound. The Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, and [the prohibition on drugs] essentially passes the control and the distribution and the promotion of drugs to criminal gangs. It’s not worked anywhere in the world. “The drug market will always be able to outbid law enforcement.” . . . “Our prisons are chockablock with people with drug problems, and we’re making criminals of our kids.”

Report can be downloaded at Australia21.

  • Are we doing the right thing by criminalising its use?
  • Should we evaluate the use of heroin treatment for addicts in a controlled, medically supervised trial?
  • Has the 40 years of experience of a law and order approach to drugs failed?
  • Should Australia be legalising, regulating, controlling and taxing all drugs?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cyclone Ita! You Beyatch!

Our rainforest garden 3 acre block blow apart by cyclone Ita!  WTF!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Australian Medicare - Universal Health Care NOT FOR SALE!

Tony Abbott insists the Liberals are the best friends of Medicare yet as Prime Minister he is talking of co-payment by patients for all appointments with their GP's.

Medicare is a safety net for all who can't afford visiting a doctor.  Now so-called unnecessary visits to the doctor are to be be discouraged. But how to decide who are time wasters in a doctors waiting room.  What are unnecessary visits?

Discouraging doctor visits is not the brightest idea!  Adverts encourage people to go to their doctors with a variety of symptoms and warning signs.  Early detection and treatment saves health costs in the long term.  If parents having to think twice before taking their children to a doctor because of costs they'd have little sympathy for those who claim the co-payment is an incidental expense.

Why not simply increase the existing Medicare levy on taxable income so that the extra cost burden would be shared fairly between rich and poor. 

Or do we want a private health system like the United States.   

If we believe that the basic principles of Medicare are not negotiable then they are not for sale.

Friday, March 7, 2014

An Artists Inspiration!

The Gap The mark of an artist is the ability to take a blank sheet of paper and come up with a creative work.

To tell the difference between artists who have really made the transition to being professionals and those who are still trying to find their feet it is their attitude or inspiration.

Look at any well-established artist and you'll see that they have a system and a set of tools that they have developed - habits of mind and tools which they know from experience can be used to produce art. It's not that you need to give up on inspiration as it can yield amazing and unexpected results but it doesn't arrive on demand.  A technique or art tool can be used more easily when the artist understands what it can do and how.  Between theory and practice our mind must examine what it means to be an artist.

1. Slowly discover, with the sense of freedom life around you - explore through your artists medium

2. As a beginning don't think about finishing - always think about beginning

3. Ignore everyone except your inner voice

4. Work on several paintings simultaneously - paint, paint and paint some more

5. Show yourself on the canvas - have no fear

Put on the 'commercial' hat only after putting down the brush!

Do what pleases and excites you!  Your art will live!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Diets - the Fallacies! The Experts?

Sticking to a New Year’s resolution to get fitter and healthier - which involves weight loss - is already proving difficult.  Knowing the stats that in a year or two it is probable the weight I may shed will be back to where I am today.

BUT WHY!! Is it my failure of willpower? Is it the dietary changes that doom me to failure?

Considering obesity linked disease such as diabetes my future health and quality of life is something I need to resolve NOW!

Conflicting information on how to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight and the major increase in rates of obesity / diabetes would make one think conventional wisdom may be wrong.
In my parents day very few people were overweight.   Apparently in the war years what with rations and growing their own food people were leaner and healthier than we are today.

Now with more published on diet and weight loss than ever we are getting fatter and fatter!

Is it that nutrition research has many theories but no proof.  What foods help us live a long and healthy life.

Is the mantra on dietary fat and high cholesterol correct?  Is the evidence there?  So called experts disagree.

What is clear is modern people are eating too much and not exercising enough. So as an individual I will stop believing experts have all the answers and challenge myself to get healthier by moving more, eating less crap and more minimally processed foods and being kind to myself .

Before making umpteen dietary restrictions I'd like some more evidence.  Is that too much to ask?
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