Monday, March 30, 2009

Rain: Continue Living on Hope, Living Life, and Depending on Truth


Rain epitomizes blessings. It heralds and facilitates growth. Rain renews hope.


The song 'Rain' by The Corrs is a personal favourite. Consider the following deep lyrics to a really nice song:

Be edified:
By The Corrs

Going crazy in the middle of the night
Slipping, sliding into heavenly bliss...
Fallen angel spinning from the light
Slipping, sliding into heavenly lace...

But it's all, it's alright now
'Cos we're living for this night for so long now
Yes it's all, it's alright

We are living on hope, we are living on life
Depending on truth until the day we die
We are living on hope, we are living on life
Depending on truth until the day we die

Lost and lazy, floating through the dawn
And twisting, turning, in a hazy mist...
Guardian angel of silver and ice
Sweeping, sinking in a stream of light...

But it's all, (alright...) it's alright now
'Cos we're living for this night for so long now
Yes it's all, (alright...) it's alright

We are living on hope, we are living on life
Depending on truth until the day we die
We are living on hope, we are living on life
Depending on truth until the day we die

[Violin solo]

But it's all, it's alright now
'Cos we're living for this night for so long now
Yes it's all, it's alright

We are living on hope, we are living on life
Depending on truth until the day we die
We are living on hope, we are living on life
Depending on truth until the day we die

The above lyrics and artist names are copyrighted to The Corrs. They appear  for educational and personal use only.

Let us learn, share and be hopeful till the end.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Belief System: Challenging Convention, Convictions and stepping out of the moral high-ground

Belief System and Convictions
On Thursday, I read a blog post by Jamaapoa on the Foundation of a Belief System. Jamaapoa is currently on a pilgrimage of rejuvenation, self-motivation and self-improvement.

Jamaapoa writes that a belief system is "what you stand for, what guides you and what forms a basis for your values in life." Something I also believe.

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Exit the Comfort Zone
He goes on to write that prior to embarking on a journey of self-improvement, or in my case, a walkabout of insight, inspiration and self discovery, one has to first discard whatever they once believed in, ready for the new. And we all agree this is particularly hard to do. Challenging long-held beliefs and convictions never comes on the cheap. The mind is such a difficult thing to deal with.

That reminded me of what Alan Alda said, that on a self-discovery mission,
"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself."

Stepping outside the Moral Matrix
In his talk at TED Global, Jonathan Haidt outlined openness to experience as a requisite trait for objectivity. At one point, he quoted Sent-ts'an,
"If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between 'for' and 'against' is the mind's worst disease."

In sum, it helps to sometimes step out of the moral matrix, to step out of the battle of evil and good, and be not for or against anything.

Everybody thinks they are right, however. You may not believe this, but our "righteous minds" were designed to unite us into teams, divide us against other teams and blind us to the truth.
Methinks, this is what prompted some (unknown) author to write,
"If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions."

Why do you Believe?
Few of us have dared question our faith (here, I deliberately avoid the word religion).
One of my friends keeps saying that the reason he is a christian is because his fore-fathers (somewhere near Mt Kenya) were influenced by the British missionaries to adopt the christian faith. Had he been at the Coast, he continues, he would have ended up being a muslim.

After meticulously questioning my own faith, I have finally come to settle on the one I subscribe to, with solid reasons to support my claims and my conviction. Have you?
This post is not a discussion of what faiths and religious beliefs are worth  subscribing to. They do however, form the basis of our value system, and are therefore worth getting right. Otherwise, one would continue to live a lie, guided by a firmly held fallacy.

Get on the right track

Getting back on track
In his book The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli writes,
"he that lays not the foundations first, might be able with great difficulty to lay them afterward, however it'll be with great trouble to the architect and danger to the building."

Yet, it is possible to get it right. That is the essence of hope and positivity. You get it right when you first understand who you are. That way, you are able to find your place in this world.

Then, you can make your own life a revelation, realize your potential and and turn your days into a spiritual quest. Learn to make the most of every moment and find the power and peace waiting within this oh-so-wonderful you.

The Challenge
Upon realizing that we think we are always right, it becomes possible to step outside these unquestioningly firmly-held beliefs and watch things play out from without. One then acknowledges and appreciates that everyone has some reasons why they think they are right.

At this point, one gains moral humility. But only when one steps out of the blinding self righteousness, which by default, is the normal human condition.

So, take the bold step and seek to see things for what they really are. Without bias. Without prejudice. With no prior unquestioned beliefs. Without being 'for' or 'against'. Objectively.
Guided by your own intuition and informed by a mind that is open to experience, you will discover something wonderful. What you will discover  is yourself.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Burden and Paradox of Choice

"So everywhere we look, big things and small things,
material things and lifestyle things,
life is a matter of choice."

- Barry Schwartz

Psychologist Barry Schwartz gave this insightful, yet funny talk at TED Global some years back.
This talk was recorded in July 2005 at the TED Global Conference in Oxford, England.

Highlights of this Talk:

  • The Official dogma of all Western industrial societies.
    "If we are interested in maximizing the welfare of our citizens, the way to that is to maximize individual freedom. The reason for this is both that freedom is in and of itself good, valuable, worthwhile, essential to being human and because if people have freedom, then each of us can act on our own to do the things that will maximize our welfare and no one has to decide on our behalf."

  • The way to maximize freedom is to maximize choice.

  • The more choice people have, the more freedom they have and the more welfare they have.

  • Too much choice produces paralysis rather than liberation. With so many options to choose from, people find it very difficult to choose at all.

  • Opportunity costs subtract from the satisfaction of what we choose even when what we choose is terrific. And the more options there are to consider, the more attractive features of these features are going to be reflected by us as opportunity cost.

Bottom Line

God gave us free will, and with it the burden of choice.

The Burden and Paradox of Choice

Following are some reasons why choice can make people miserable:

  1. Regret and anticipated regret

  2. Opportunity costs

  3. Escalation of expectations

  4. Self-blame

Watch and download the above Barry Schartz TED Talk here. Or directly download the video (zipped MP4, 64MB) here.

Let us learn, share and advance.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Exorcist: The Mystery of Faith, and Our take on Inexplicable events

"I think that most people, take out of The Exorcist what they bring to it.
If you believe that the world is a dark and evil place, then the Exorcist will reinforce that.
But if you believe that there is a force for good...
"- William Friedkin, Director of ‘The Exorcist’.

An Open Mind

In my last post on Movies to Watch, we focused on House of 9, where nine strangers are faced with very tough choices and insurmountable odds, all in a bid to survive. I emphasized the need to approach issues in life with an open mind, a mind ready to learn. If you watch Jonathan Haidt's TED talk about the moral mind, he talks about the same need to leave the moral matrix that usually makes us lose sight of objectivity in life. But I digress.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist is a horror film that was released in 1973. It's about the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by two priests.

Both critically and commercially successful, The Exorcist has spawned Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist III, Exorcist: The Beginning, Possessed and The Ninth Configuration.

According to William Friedkin, the director of The Exorcist:
The Exorcist is a film about the mystery of faith, and I think the fact that it's endured for more than 25 years now, is due in large part, to what it leaves you with, after you've seen the film.

It starts with a brilliant screen play from an equally powerful novel by William Peter Blatty. And it's a story that can perhaps make you question your own value system, even your own sanity, because it strongly and realistically tries to make the case for spiritual forces in the universe - both good and evil.
But what you may not be aware of, is the fact that The Exorcist is based on a true story...

It took place in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1949, and was widely reported by the American press. When I saw the files at George Town University, pertaining to the actual case, I knew that this was going to be, or needed to be something more than just another horror film. This had to be a realistic film, about inexplicable events.

I've always thought that a film should first of all be an emotional experience. It should make you laugh, or cry or be scared. But it should also inspire and provoke you, and make you reflect.

Over the years, I think that most people, take out of The Exorcist what they bring to it. If you believe that the world is a dark and evil place, then The Exorcist will reinforce that. But if you believe that there is a force for good, that combats and eventually triumphs over evil, then you'll be taking out of the film, what we tried to put into it.

In any case, turn down the lights, turn up the sound, and enjoy the digitally remastered version of The Exorcist.

What more can I say? Unless you are really faint-hearted, watching this movie may prove to be an interesting, albeit very unconventional learning experience.
The onus is upon you, should you decide to watch this terrifying film. The ball is now in your court.

Choice: The blue pill, or the red pill?

So, you either take the blue pill, the story ends and we forget all about The Exorcist as you continue to believe whatever you want to believe. Otherwise, you can take the  red pill, and you get a chance to see just how deep this rabbit hole of faith, belief, inexplicable events, and spiritual forces really goes.

Let us all learn, share and get enlightened.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lessons on Personal Branding for success

After launching the all-new, a close friend asked me if I was marketing Peter Njenga (myself) or Complit Communications (my registered business). I told him that Peter Njenga is the brand I am particularly keen to build at the moment. And I explained to him why.

Make your Personal Brand stand out from the crowd

Many people have a load of aspersions about the essence of building, nurturing and benefiting from their own (personal) brands. I recently read a speech on Target Setting for Success, that was delivered by Eric Kimani to the British Council Leadership Forum in Nairobi, on 19th September, 2007. He offers very useful lessons on Personal Branding as a tool for, and means to success.

Personal Brand and You

Following are some highlights of the speech:

  1. Keep time!

  2. You must be passionate at what you do.

  3. You must learn how to deliver extra-ordinary service.

  4. Understand globalization.

  5. Jobs have been re-engineered and continue to be re-engineered by technology. You must think and brand yourself appropriately!

  6. You must stop thinking employment/employee and begin to see yourself as an independent contractor.

  7. You must pass what one management writer called the Painter test.

  8. Branding yourself for success demands that you exercise power that is far beyond what is vested in your employment, contract or work environment.

  9. Powerful branding demands a high level of moral authority.

  10. Personal branding demands higher credibility.

  11. To increase brand visibility it would help to build yourself a web site.

  12. Learn and upgrade your skills to improve the brand you! Read voraciously.

Download the entire speech by Eric Kimani here (zipped PDF 66KB).

Let us learn, share and prosper.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hands by Jewel: Worry Not, We are Never Broken

Some songs are just plainly inspiring. This one by Jewel needs no introduction. The lyrics say it all.

Do not Worry in Life

Enjoy and be edified:

By Jewel

If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all OK
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won't be made useless
I won't be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear

My hands are small, I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken

Poverty stole your golden shoes
It didn't steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn't ever after
We'll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what's right
'Cause where there's a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing

My hands are small, I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never brokenIn the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken

My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
We are never broken

We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's mind
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's heart
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's eyes
We are God's hands
We are God's hands

This song was part of a free 13-song CD project pioneered by American singer-songwriter Five for Fighting (John Ondrasik) for US military members in November 2007.

In the end, only kindness matters. So worry not, for worry is wasteful and useless at times like this. Stand firm instead, well knowing that you are never broken.

Let us learn, share and advance.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt

Two days ago, I watched (yet again), Jonathan Haidt's TED Talk about the moral roots of, and the real differences between liberals and conservatives. This talk touched on Ideology and Openness to experience, among other things...

After the very informative talk, I sought to find out more about Jonathan Haidt, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.

The Happiness Hypothesis

It was then that I came upon his book 'The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.'

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At the Happiness Hypothesis web site, this book is introduced as "a book about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world’s civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives. It is a book about how to construct a life of virtue, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning."

The book is divided into five major topics:

  • How the mind works

  • Social Life

  • Happiness

  • Flourishing

  • Meaning

10 Great Ideas

Each topic is then subdivided into a few key topics or great ideas. Following are the 10 Great Ideas:

  1. The Divided Self: Small Rider, Large Elephant

  2. Changing Your Mind

  3. Reciprocity with a Vengeance

  4. The Faults of Others”

  5. The Pursuit of Happiness

  6. Love and Attachments

  7. The Uses of Adversity

  8. The Felicity of Virtue

  9. Divinity with or without God

  10. Happiness Comes from Between

What you will learn:

  • How humans make decisions

  • Why change is so hard

  • What elements shape human happiness

  • What techniques you can use to increase how happy you feel

Read all the chapter summaries and download (FREE) the Introduction, chapters 1, 4, 6 and 8 here.


Bits of wisdom constantly fly at us. Perhaps, that is why we may only rarely stop to savor a great idea and make it our own. In the Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt provides a remedy to modern habits of superficial thinking, by demonstrating that the questions of the ages are still worth kicking around.

This book is recommended to those who want to know why change is so difficult and happiness so elusive. It will give you plenty to think about and possibly change your life. At the least, it will point you in a positive direction.

You can download an Abstract of The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt here (PDF 83KB).

Let us learn, share and grow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

House of 9: What would You do to Survive?

"I've always thought that a film should first of all be an emotional experience.
It should make you laugh, or cry or be scared.
But it should also inspire and provoke you, and make you reflect."
- William Friedkin, Director of 'The Exorcist'.

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The Challenge

A while back, I decided to challenge myself and do what some people cannot even dare think about - watch between five and ten horror movies in two days. Alone.

So I grabbed some DVDs, checked my sound system, turned down the lights and turned up the sound.....
I opened my mind, my ears and my eyes as the movies started.

First on queue were Hostel I and Hostel II. I watched both movies without flinching, wondering "Ni kitu gani watu huogopa?" [Trans: What is it that people fear?]. Next, I watched Demon Hunter. Here, I liked the suspense.

The Human Condition

Then came Saw I and Saw II. And something I had never before experienced happened in my life. Suddenly, there was a lot to learn, even in these shocking, disgusting and sadistic flicks. Some of them are packed with insights and lessons about the Human Condition, stuff that is largely ignored and rarely explored elsewhere. And all this reminds me of this post about how people go wrong and become monsters...

House of 9

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The next movie I watched was House of 9. It is a movie about nine unconnected strangers who realize that they are locked inside a deserted house. As they begin to wonder why they are there, a watcher who's viewing everything on surveillance cameras hidden throughout, tells the house guests through an intercom that they've been brought there to play a game of survival for his entertainment. The last person left alive after this game will receive an award of 5 million dollars.

Each of the nine people captive in the house try different methods of getting out but all attempts fail. When they see no way of escape, the house soon turns into a killing fest, until the final survivor remains; unaware of the twist in store for them... [read more on Wikipedia].

Worth Watching?

Watching this movie, I was reminded of just how much we are willing to ensure that we have the upper hand.

I was shocked to realize, to what length even seemingly good people can go when there is the possibility of reward, when there is competition, and most important, when they find themselves in harm's way.

An Open Mind

One of these fine days, take time to watch a movie, with an open mind and without any prejudice. Forget about other users' opinions. Forget the cover and the title (okay, I know that's a bit hard). See if there is anything to learn in some of these movies.

All in all, House of 9 is a movie worth watching. So is the SAW film series.
Next in the Movies to Watch series, I'll be sharing something about The Exorcist.

Let us learn, share and grow!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Good and Evil: What Makes People Go Wrong?

"The line between Good and Evil
cuts through the heart of every human Being"

- Alexandre Solzenitsyn

Earlier today, I was watching this awesome TED Talk by Phil Zimbardo.

Phil discusses GOOD and EVIL, and analyzes situations that often make people behave in shocking ways. Later in the talk, he summarizes typical situations and how our reaction to various circumstances makes us villains, negligent bystanders or heroes. He shows how people become monsters... or heroes.

Following are highlights of this great TED Talk.

- That line between good and evil, which privileged people like to think is fixed and impermeable, with them on the good side and the others on the bad side... that line is both movable and permeable.

- People can be seduced to cross that line and in some rare cases, bad kids can recover - with help, with reform and rehabilitation.

Evil is the exercise of power to intentionally:
- harm
- hurt
- destroy
- commit crimes against humanity

The mind has an infinite capacity to make us be:
- kind or cruel
- caring or indifferent
- creative or destructive
- heroes or villains

7 Social Processes that Grease the Slippery Slope of Evil
- Mindlessly taking the first small step
- Dehumanization of Others
- De-individuation of Self (anonymity)
- Diffusion of Personal Responsibility
- Blind Obedience to Authority
- Uncritical Conformity to Group norms
- Passive Tolerance of evil through inaction or indifference

Situations have the power to do three things:
- inflame the hostile imagination, in those who become perpetrators of evil
- inspire the heroic imagination in others
- render most people passive bystanders and guilty of the evil of inaction

One day, YOU will be in a new situation with three paths:
1. you become a perpetrator of evil
2. you become guilty of passive inaction
3. you go straight ahead and become a hero

You can see what others say and download this talk here.

Let us all learn and share.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Word Illusions: Do You See Good or Evil, Me and You, and can you Learn as you Teach?

The Duality of Life

There are two sides to every coin. The heads and the tails.In life, a day is not complete unless there is both light and darkness. Accordingly, it is the presence of short people that makes some people tall. This is the inevitable duality of life.

A second, long, and keen look always reveals the bigger picture. Suddenly, the scales fall from our eyes and we get to see what we have all along been missing.

Do You See What I See?

The following pictures might make you laugh, but try and see the deep lesson within them. There are optical word illusions alright, but we can also learn that there is much more in life than simply meets the eye. Literally.


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ME and YOU?

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LEARN, even as you TEACH

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Is this an OPTICAL, or Word ILLUSION?

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The Last Laugh

So c'mon, have a laugh. Enjoy. But be sure to see the bigger picture, that will assuredly make you have the last laugh. In life, that is.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Beyond the Window: 'Seeing' the best for Others

The Human Condition

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The human condition is such that we have the innate ability to do whatever it takes to protect ourselves from harm. It is the self-preservation instinct. The instinct that ensures that a species does not become extinct.

Taken to another level, this is what made the marine iguanas of the Galapagos islands learn how to swim... and that is why they can actually change their body size to adapt to varying food conditions, with some reducing their length by as much as 20% when food is scarce... [read more].

Selfishness vs Self-preservation

With human beings however, there is usually a gray line when you try to separate selfishness from  self preservation. Many times, we are guided by the "each man for himself and God for us all mantra."

Way back in 1999, I listened to a story on Family FM's 'Power Up', about the need for selflessness and unconditional kindness in our lives. This story forever changed the way I interact with others, and it made me realize that a candle indeed loses none of its light by lighting up for others.

Following is the 'Beyond the Window' story. Be edified:

Beyond the Window

Two men shared a room in a hospital. One was an elderly man who was terminally ill. Cancer had destroyed most of his internal organs. This room was his final abode. He was counting down the days...

The other man was a fairly younger person. His was not a life threatening disease, bu the was bed-ridden all the same. He was in much pain though, and often screamed and wailed as pain got the better of him. The older man usually calmed him down.

These two men often talked. At the beginning, they engaged in small talk, as they got to know each other. As the days turned into weeks, they became really good friends. And when their stay in hospital extended into months, they became family.

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The hospital room they were in was such that only the old man could look out the window. The younger man could not. The old man therefore used to narrate to his friend, what the view outside was. He would tell him how beautiful the beach outside was (this hospital was in a coastal town). He often said how he saw people walking on the sandy beach, how children were playing in the shallow waters and how birds flew in the blue sky. This would really pacify the younger man who was in debilitating pain most of the time.

These stories continued for several months, until one day, the old man gave a rather interesting story. He said that he saw a marching band on the beach. The children passed near enough for him to look at them, and they were waving at him. Unfortunately, he couldn't wave back because he was so weak. This particular description of the goings-on outside made the younger patient feel especially good.

The following morning, nurses came over to move the body of the old man. He had died in his sleep. The younger man was shocked, realizing how calm and collected his friend looked as he told him what was happening outside. It was then that he requested the duty nurse to move him to that bed, so that he could enjoy the view outside.

When his wish was granted, he was shocked beyond words. The sunny beach was nowhere to be seen. There were no people walking on the beach. No birds flying is the clear blue sky. The window in this room only opened into a hospital corridor. The window in this room only opened into an ordinary hospital corridor.

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"So why did he lie to him all this time?" he asked the nurse. "He told me of things which I cannot see. Why would he do that?"

"Mr Jones," replied the nurse. "Your friend was blind. He could not even see that hospital corridor you are now looking at. He lost his eyesight a while back. And yes, his previous room provided such a view. I guess he was narrating all that to ease your pain. You should be thanking him, Mr Jones."

Mr Jones could not hold back the tears in his eyes. He quickly realized that his old friend had been 'seeing' all these wonderful things for him.

The blind can 'see' too

Go out, and 'see' the best for others. Try and do for others what may even be beyond your ability.

And contrary to popular belief, the blind can indeed lead those who can see.

Let us learn, share and grow.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Listen, Learn and Live

Is the past that Important?

Living the present and facing the future with confidence is truly a good thing. It defines a life well lived.

The present is indeed a gift, an opportunity to make the most of each day and to add value. That essentially secures the future.

But all this is not possible without the past. Yesterday begets both today and tomorrow. The experiences of days gone by and the lessons learnt are the foundation upon which the future is built.

Looking Back

Back in the day is an insightful look at something that happened years back, but had a great impact and shaped our lives. It may be in popular culture, the media, politics, science or the arts.

Today, we look at a radio promo that was run some years back on Kenya's first privately owned FM radio station, 98.4 Capital FM.

Russian Roulette

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Following is the full copy of the  'Russian Roulette' radio promo that was run on 98.4 Capital FM to raise public awareness and warn against the dangers of having unprotected sex. Do you remember it?
There is a game called Russian Roulette. It's one of the most dangerous games in the world.

A revolver is loaded with a single bullet. The chamber is spun, the gun is then pointed at one's head, and the trigger pulled...

Only someone suicidal would play this game. But if you are having unprotected sex, you are already playing this game.

If you choose to have sex, always use a condom.

Listen, learn and live, with 98.4 Capital FM.

Did this promo have a positive impact in your life? Or in the lives of your friends?

I personally found it worthwhile. Let us read, learn and live..... on Peter's Walkabout.

So, what things do you most remember from days gone by?

Drained: Stories of People Who Wanted More

"Words are things,
and a small drop of ink
Falling like dew upon a thought
Produces that which makes thousands,
Perhaps millions, think."

Free Awareness

Carlos Castaneda, a renowned American anthropologist said that "once awareness is free, intent will redirect it to new revolutionary paths". That is what Peter's Walkabout is predicated on, the fact that a closer look at life invariably reveals the bigger picture...

Books have a way of making us take that look. Good books take us to places we never dreamt possible, make us see ourselves in a totally new and different light. These are books worth reading. These are books worth sharing.

Every once in a while, Peter's Walkabout will highlight such a book, and provide a download link wherever possible.

Drained: Stories of People Who Wanted More

This book by Johanne Christoph Arnold is a collection of stories about people who faced seemingly insurmountable odds and emerged victorious.

All this was possible thanks to a longing deep within each one of us, that seeks to realize the best in us and to always make things better.

This book is NOT a cure-all remedy to life's problems, all it offers are stepping stones to a fulfilled life.

Get your copy of  Drained: Stories of People Who Wanted More here.

Let's learn, share and advance.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Don't Ever Give Up. Ever

Listening to what we Hear

I have always loved music. I therefore amassed a very impressive music collection. And pimped my sound system. All done, I kept rocking and nodding my head. I thought I had it all.

But that was not all. Far from it.

A few years back, I started listening to the words. Over and beyond just hearing them.

I came to realize there was much more in music than the awesome beats and creative rhyming. There is invaluable wisdom in music.

Eagle Eye Cherry

Words that Rock!
My favorite genre is Rock. And I have come to realize that if you listen really well, there is much to learn in almost all kinds of music.

Eagle Eye Cherry is a personal favorite. I first listened to his 'Are You Still Having Fun' and 'Save Tonight' singles. Great tracks.

From his 'Sub Rosa' album, following are the lyrics to Don't Give Up. Be edified:

By Eagle Eye Cherry

All our dreams are gone
With a loss of faith
We're still hanging on
For another day
It's so hard to see
That it's going to get better
And when will that be
It's hard to say

We must believe
That if we give we will receive
Yes we must believe
That it's going to get better

Don't give up
Never give up
We won't stop giving
Giving all we got

Now we're breaking away
From what holds us down
This could be the day
That brings out the light
Now we're marching on
With the will of never giving up
This time we'll have won
With out a fight

We must believe…

Don't give up
Never give up
We won't stop
Giving all we got

Forgive and forget don't hold on to the bitterness
Filled with regrets we don't wanna go there again
The glass is half full so lets get it on with togetherness
And our number will grow we will prevail in the end

Never Give Up!

So, if you ever feel like giving up, just remember the above.

Let us all learn, share and develop.

All About The Walkabout of Insight, Inspiration and Self Discovery


Welcome to The Walkabout.
It is a journey of insight, inspiration and self discovery, and you are cordially invited.

So what exactly is a walkabout?
Well, a walkabout is simply a journey of self discovery.

Traditionally, a walkabout is a rite of passage where Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness.
In modern times, a walkabout has come to encompass the connotations of spiritual journeys and self renewal...[read more]

LOST and the Human Condition

The Walkabout was inpired by an episode of LOST. This amazing show is a personal favorite. I have learnt a lot about the human condition in LOST.

Following is an excerpt from 'Cabin Fever' (LOST s04e11).
ORDERLY: Don't give up, Mr. Locke.

LOCKE: Excuse me?

ORDERLY: I'm just saying, don't give up. Anything's possible.

LOCKE: (Chuckles) You should read my file. My spine was crushed. There's a 98% chance I'll never get any feeling back in my legs. So I don't know why I'm even trying to--

ORDERLY: As a matter of fact, I did read your file. You survived falling eight stories out of a building. That's a miracle, Mr. Locke. Let me ask you something. Do you believe in miracles?

LOCKE: No. I don't believe in miracles.

ABADDON: You should. I had one happen to me.

LOCKE: Hey, look. I just want to go back to my room.

ABADDON: You know what you need, Mr. Locke? You need to go on a walkabout.

LOCKE: Wha--what's a walkabout?

ABADDON: It's a journey of self-discovery. You go out into the Australian Outback with nothing more than a knife and your wits.

LOCKE: I can't "walkabout" anything. In case you haven't noticed, I'm a cripple.

ABADDON: Is that what you are, Mr. Locke? I went on my walkabout convinced I was one thing, but I came back another. I found out what I was made of, who I was.

LOCKE: And here you are, an orderly.

ABADDON: Oh, I'm a lot more than just an orderly, John.

(Elevator bell dings)

ABADDON: When you're ready, Mr. Locke... (presses button) you'll listen to what I'm saying. And then when you and me run into each other again... you'll owe me one.

There's always Something to Learn

Every day, we do encounter many things. Unfortunately, many often go unnoticed.

The Walkabout seeks to identify, share and benefit from whatever lessons life throws at us with everything we see,  hear, experience, think or imagine.

Come and join me on this intriguing journey. With only our minds and wits, we can learn a lot together.

Join the conversation and let us all learn, share and advance together.



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