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When an opportunity comes you way, do this:


Take a deep breath.

Imagine yourself saying yes to this enticing offer.

Now notice how your body reacts to this opportunity.

Do you feel any tension?

Or any strong emotions?

Listen to what your body tells you, to the wisdom embedded in your sinew and bones.

If your body feels open and relaxed, then explore this opportunity further. …

The secret to getting more done is simple.

All you have to do is unplug yourself, even if only for an hour or two.

So go ahead and turn off the television, the phone, and your computer / tablet.


Now go and do your work.

The world will still be there when you get back, I promise.


In the meantime, you’ll have time to do all the things you’ve always dreamt of doing.

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You are a miracle.

Your body is a miracle.

Every breath you take is a miracle.

Every day you get to wake up on this planet is a miracle.

You are here.


Open your eyes.

Breathe in the beauty.

And ask yourself - what are you going to do next?

When you flit, butterfly-like from thing to thing it’s easy to feel as if you’re not quite normal. As if there’s something wrong with you. You think that if only you could focus on just one thing, like so and so {insert name of super successful friend here}, then you would be successful/happy/fulfilled etc.

But what if there’s nothing wrong with you? What if you’re just asking the wrong questions and using the wrong yardstick to measure your success?

I know the grass is always greener over there but….

What if I told you that everything you’ve done has led…

Excuse me.

Yes, you.

I think you dropped this.

I’m not sure what it is.

Do you recognise it?

It’s all shiny and mysterious.

Looks kinda valuable.

Oh, wait a minute.

I think I know what it is.

It’s looks a lot like wonder and curiosity.

No, no no. No need to thank me.

I’m just glad I finally caught up with you.

I’ve been carrying this for you since grade five.

I have a question for you.

Actually I have a few questions for you but we’ll start with just one.

When you were little and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up did you ever say:

“I want to work nine hours a day in an air conditioned office staring at a computer screen and then catch public transport home with my nose wedged in someone else’s arm pit? …

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Make no mistake.

We are under attack.

Bombarded on every side with a never ending list of things to buy.

And all these things are magic.

Because when you buy them they’re going to make you:

  • thin
  • popular
  • smart
  • rich
  • successful

There’s just one teensy, tiny, little problem. None of the damn products work. Not a single one.

So what’s the answer?

We need to shift our thinking from what we can get to what we can give.

The more we can give of ourselves, our time and our energy, the more we feel fulfilled and happy.

Trust me. It’s…

Indrani Perera

Indrani Perera is a poet, publisher of the Pocketry Almanack ( and a maker of useful things (

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