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Be Unafraid. Very Unafraid.


It’s wonderful to catch up with real good friends, especially the ones who know what you are about and it’s even better when they show up with the right message at the right time! I am so grateful to my new but already-great friends – the Costello brothers of Stephen James Organics fame – for popping in for a visit recently and bringing me The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin’s latest book. I started on it straightaway… and know what? I almost didn’t recognise Godin’s voice. It’s surprisingly honest and human…definitely a different man who penned those thoughts in there. He went out of his comfort zone for this one.

And I am loving it! It’s really a book about coming alive and being alive. Understanding the fences that hold us, and why they are there. He challenges us to debunk the Icarus myth (Don’t fly too high, Don’t disobey, Don’t stand out, Don’t dream, Don’t be!). He is giving us a kick to get us to embark on a very personal journey to create Art. The kind of Art that only you can do if you are unafraid and true to yourself.

Godin defines Art as ‘the truly human act of creating something new that matters to another person’. Hmm, and the last time I did that was…? (Does writing my blog count? ;P)

Ready to hop off when you can hear the beat of your own drum?

Ready to hop off when you can hear the beat of your own drum?

Don’t know about you but what I know for sure is that I know I feel most alive when I am in my zone, indulging in creating things I care about not because of having it do it to impress someone else, to make a buck or because I’m expected to. I am me when I just do it because. Even if no one cares but it makes me me. As Godin says in there: “Anyone who cares and works on it is creating Art.”

Read the book, share your thoughts…


Wisdom for the Week from an old Chinese fable:

“There is an old farmer in a poor country village who is considered well-off because he owns a horse. One day the horse runs away. The neighbours sympathise, saying how terrible this is, but the farmer simply replies, “Maybe”.  A few days later, the horse returns, bringing with it some wild horses. The neighbours rejoice, but the farmer simply says, “Maybe”. The next day, the farmer’s son tries to ride one of the wild horses, but is thrown back and breaks his leg. When the neighbours come to offer their sympathies, again the farmer just says, “Maybe”. The following week, military officials come to the village to draft young men to serve in the army but the farmer’s son is rejected because of his broken leg. The neighbours congratulate the farmer, saying how lucky he was to not lose his son, but he simply replies, “Maybe”.

Take events and moments as they come…Acknowledge and feel them but we really don’t know how the stories will unfold, do we?

It matters not if this truth scares or excites me, I feel it ultimately frees me.

Wisdom of the Ages

Mesmerising Taj Mahal at Dawn


Dec 2012

To capture the magic, I was first in line that winter morning outside the gates. Queued for an hour and literally ran into the compound with my cameras in order to capture the magic of the Taj without people roaming around. The lone figure you see there is my guide’s son…gives it scale and perspective, I reckon.