Commute

Late again you run through the turnstile

Your face to glass but just if you’re lucky.

It’s too hot inside but outside its freezing.

Waiting and waiting for your stop.

Living in dreams and hopes of tomorrow.

Heads to floor and minds left in bed.

Put in your earphones to drown out the silence.

Just one women on the phone dealing with problems.

Hold your breath, tomorrow its Wednesday.

A ring of a bell and then off you jump .

Sweat and deodorant in the carriage behind you.

Almost another day killed, almost another week down.

Aeroplane

The other day I took the plane.

I didn’t look out the window once.

We launched off in Dublin and landed in France,

We soared for miles above the clouds.

In a tin machine made for falling,

We climbed and climbed into the heavens.

I wonder if anyone noticed the magic.

Summer sunset

Summer fades one second at a time

Like a sunset sinking into the sea.

The date of the last warm day is never known.

The glimmer of the last ray of light is always a surprise.

 If the dates were set, if the times were certain,

We would not let summer slip by so easily.

We would schedule a party for the last warm week.

Swim out into the long evenings and sing by the sea,

Call in sick and drink in the park,

We would enjoy it more.

Start swinging

Knowing is not enough we must apply. Willing is not enough we must do.

This is the greatest piece of advice you will ever receive. Everything else is secondary.

You can learn the right techniques, look up the best advice videos, go to seminars, read books, favorite tweets, like inspirational Instagram posts and so on. However, eventually, you must apply the knowledge. You must do. You must put what you’ve learned into practice.

Looking at videos about good kettle bell swing techniques will get you nowhere nearer to your fitness goals. Start swinging the kettle bell.

Information isn’t scarce. It’s the willingness to do something with it that is. If information was the key we’d all be millionaires with perfect abs.

There will never be a perfect time to start. There will always be another book to read, another video to watch, another hack, another tip, another top 13 list.

Apply what you know now. Start doing what you can now. 

Progress = happiness

Unhappiness comes from a lack of progression. You know what you want, but you are not taking any action to achieve it. Over time this leads to unhappiness.

So, progress then equals happiness. In all areas of your life this will be true. Doing anything will help you feel happier.

Sometimes you are in a rut. You don’t know what to do to progress. The answer is to just do something. Do anything. Start. Begin.

You will find that if you keep forcing yourself to start that gradually you will build momentum and you will be doing and achieving.

Do not focus on huge goals and instant change. It is essential that you have a direction of where you want to end up. However, it is better to have smaller, closer, and more achievable goals along the route. This is what builds momentum.

Smaller goals lead you in the right direction. They’re stepping stones which will help you reach your ultimate destination. By breaking larger tasks into smaller ones you will be constantly succeeding, and more importantly, progressing. As a result, you will feel happier.

Look up, Part I & II

Look up (Part I)

Now look up at the sky.
Think about how insignificant you are.
The universe you look up at is endless in every direction.
You are extraordinarily rare.

Think of all the planets,
the moons,
the stars,
the black holes,
swirling through space and time.
It is and they are infinite.

In the endlessness of space you are an unimportant speck of dust.
In the eternity of time you are but the briefest of flickers.
There isn’t another you anywhere in the universe.
There never has been and there never will be.

What are you waiting for?
Do it now.
You have nothing to lose.
No one will remember you anyway.

Look up (Part II)

Now look up at the sky.
Think about how significant you are.
The universe you look up at is endless in every direction.
You are extraordinarily rare.

Think of all the planets,
the moons,
the stars,
the black holes,
swirling with you through space and time.
It is and they are infinite.

In the endlessness of space you are the only one of you in existence.
In the eternity of time you are the only one of you who will ever exist.
There isn’t another you anywhere in the universe.
There never has been and there never will be.

What are you waiting for?
Do it now.
You have nothing to lose.
You are marvellous already.