Okay, let’s be blunt, I need to feed myself!  So, hopefully some visitors will be inspired – A certain Russell Bland seems to have been inspired by my header graffiti. I was thinking more along the lines of inspired enough to use my consultancy and mentoring services or my after-dinner speaking skills, or if you haven’t felt funny for a while – book my alter-go and stand-up comedian Bobby Nitro.  If today isn’t the right time keep coming back, absorb yourself, enjoy and above all else live!

Political cartoonist Paul Rigby said it best, “Everyone is on edge. I think that that’s a fault with the human species these days. We are all very scared of critical analysis.” If I am honest, people have become WAY too sensitive and it is almost impossible NOT to offend someone!  Maybe self-deprecating humour makes us more approachable personally and professionally and shows that someone is confident enough to risk looking silly.  My take on the establishment is self-deprecating, a look at my client list and experience is testament to that.  Interestingly the word “deprecation” stems from the Latin deprecari, which means, “to avert by prayer” and we all need a few of those.

It is easy to try to be all things to all people but difficult to achieve.  As your critical friend I recommend that you act with integrity, never cease to question and fear nothing but fear itself.  In our age of mass media and hype, when it is too easy to be labelled, too easy to be marginalised and too easy to be offended, too many people say nothing, do nothing and contribute nothing.

If you are offended you are alive. Never be affraid of feeling alive or of provoking debate.  It is difficult people who drive real change because comfortable people adapt themselves to the world.  Difficult people adapt the world to themselves and very often we all benefit.

When you read an article or view a picture what are you thinking?  What do you feel?  Confusion, laughter, outrage, anger, apathy?  Ask yourself why you feel what you do?  Is it a response to the content or the context? Ask yourself, “If terrorism is the poor man’s war, is war the rich man’s terrorism?”  You are the sum of your experiences and the filters which you apply.  Do you take something from every experience and every encounter?  And what do you give in return?

There is no prize for agreeing or disagreeing with the sentiments expressed in the posts or linked articles on this site beyond knowing that if you feel something you must care.  These are all topical issues.  Engage with events, engage with people and above all engage with life.  Take pleasure in saying “YES”, never be affraid to say “NO” and never stop living life true to YOUR code.  And if amidst all of that noise and speed and turmoil there comes a point when you no longer know what it is that you are looking for STOP.  Take a minute out, close your eyes, reach out into the darkness and you WILL find that everything that you ever really needed was within touching distance all along.

In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king but let us not forget the words of Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strongman stumbled and fell, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, and who spends himself in a worthy cause.

If he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that he may never be one of those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat.