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The Big Think

‘What were you thinking?’ ‘Ermm, nothing’ Ever had that conversation? Have you found yourself saying: ‘Eeeh, I haven’t got time to think’. OK, maybe without the ‘Eeeh’. Thinking time is now seen as a luxury. Something for later – for ‘When I get a minute.’ Deep thinking time is put off for years; stored up for that once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Peruvian foothills. But only after […]

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The Biggest Hump

If a Wednesday is hump day…  And the 15th is the half-month hump (closer to the next payday than the last one)… Then this must be hump-year-day. From today, you’re closer to 2021 than you are to 2019. So, how’s your 2020 turning out? Eeek! Who could have predicted it. So how about a little bit of certainty in your life? Yes, Michael!  The best […]

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The Dalai Lama said this ….

Everyone knows that meditation, stilling the mind and getting into a deep relaxed state is good for you. The problem is, it’s boring Or at least it can be boring. Even using visualisation techniques, Such as imagining a slow-burning candle or a blossoming flower. It can quickly lead to distraction. Plus, what’s the point? It takes years to really reap the […]

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I was embarrassed

I’d reached my mid 40s and successfully managed to avoid it. Then one day, I can’t recall exactly how, I suddenly found myself joining a yoga class. I was the only short, overweight, bloke in the room. And obviously I hadn’t received the LuLuLemon memo so turned up wearing a Newcastle United strip. There were many good reasons why I should have made my excuses and left. After all, this was never going to be a specialist subject of mine. There’s an argument (promoted […]

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The Impossible Jigsaw

We were running short on lockdown jigsaws. So Mrs Hepp decided to dig deep and rekindle one we started years ago. The outside border was complete and safely stored in the ‘jig roll‘, the remaining pieces in a bag. So why impossible? No box lid. And as much as we wracked our brains, we could not […]

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Who moved my….

Phase One – Panic and Preparation. Dunkirk Spirit. We can do this. All in this together. Phase Two – New Ways of Working. Zoom. See you in two months. Lower expectations. Date Nights and YouTube Quizzes. Phase Three – Back to Normal. Except there is no normal. ‘But I can’t stay like this!’. Phased return. Look at […]

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When £0 is still too much

I received a complaint this morning. Which is fine. I wrote a book on customer service and was happy to include the cliché ‘Complaints Are A Gift’. This was an interesting one. It was from a member of a pop-up group I’ve been running over the last week called ‘Write That Book’. The idea was to run a 4-day challenge to take […]

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Are you having crazy dreams too?

Every morning, I wake up relieved. Relieved they were just dreams. Not that they were nightmares. Just weird. Very weird. My mind is whirring at the moment. I did a little research and found that if you write down all the stuff that’s been going on, your dreams will be less whacky. Something to do with the brain needing to put less energy into […]

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Thought transference now proven

If I were to say to you that thought transference is now proven and that you can actually pick up on what somebody thinks, or someone could pick up on what you are thinking, what would you say? What if I were to suggest to you that thought transference through time is also available… Where a thought that somebody had 10 years ago could appear clearly in […]

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Stop The Routine

A few weeks ago, when we went into lockdown, most of the advice was to ‘create a routine’. Six weeks on and isn’t it just starting to be boring? I’ve got some new advice. Stop The Routine! Mix it up. Break it up. If you’ve been going fast, go slow. If you’ve been chilling out, do something serious. If you’ve […]

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