Slow down to speed up - image for article by Greg Alder

Slow down to speed up

Cows, river, horse, mountain, village, autumn leaves, café, canoeists, ferry, pelicans. On a motorway, landscapes slur into a continuum of meaningless and disconnected blinks. No soon have we noticed something than it has been replaced by the next transitory image….

What are you building - image for article by Greg Alder

What are you building?

Are you building a business? Are you building a portfolio? Are you building a network? A nest egg? These are the things that many of us focus on building. Can you see what they all have in common? They’re all…

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Why stop at why?

Why? is a great question. Kids ask why all the time. They ask because they don’t know why. Why is that lady fat? They don’t know if she’s fat because she’s pregnant. They don’t know what pregnancy is. They’ll learn…

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Last drinks at the first chance saloon

The squeak of the saloon doors announces the stranger’s arrival. A coupe of the regulars glance his way. One nods a silent greeting. The stranger doesn’t miss the regular’s slight smile. Bad luck, it says. The stranger crosses the room…

A mind of its own

Ever woken from a great dream and wished you could return to it, but couldn’t? Ever woken from a bad dream and hoped you’d seen the last of it, but you hadn’t? The way your mind refuses to think what…

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What if?

What if you were 75 and had embroidered all your life. Worsening arthritis eventually makes embroidery too painful. You put down your needle, but your creative passion continues to burn fervently. You look for another creative field that will be…

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A table for twelve

The doorbell rings. Right on time. I make my way to the door with excitement. I have been looking forward to this night for a long time. I have invited twelve guests. All strangers. Now, the first of them has…

When the well runs dry - image for article by Greg Alder

When the well runs dry

Have you ever run out of ideas? I have. For someone who makes a living from coming up with ideas, coming up with no ideas is a big deal. If you’ve ever been stuck for ideas, what did you do?…

A mirror for larks

A mirror for larks

How often do we walk into the trap? How often do we get lured into fighting the wrong fight? I thought about this when I came across an old Italian phrase, “specchietto per le allodole” – a mirror for larks….

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The light in front

What’s the one thing you’d most like to achieve in life? I don’t know how you have answered this question, but I’ll tell you something. It’s a question most of us never ask ourselves. Of those who do, most get…