“You have been disappointed, you have undergone defeat during the depression, you have felt the great heart within you crushed until it bled. Take courage, for these experiences have tempered the spiritual metal of which you are made – they are assets of incomparable value.”

… Quote from “think and grow rich” written in 1937.

My thoughts on change…

Resistance to change and new things is very normal and very much part of human nature. For many of us there are old patterns and ideas that are drummed into our heads since we were young. These patterns can be very hurtful later in life and therefore need to be identified and rectified. The first step to stopping our resistance to change is to decide that we must take action in the first place. In order to grow and get stronger as a human being one must be willing to look into themselves with great honesty and say out loud “I am willing to change … I am willing to grow”.

Travelling helps with this process. When you encounter others, on a journey of discovery, it is amazing what people will say to you that will inspire and give you direction. The world we live in is full of individuals on healing journeys, spiritual journeys, love journeys and self-discovery journeys. Often we will find each other and see quickly in our eyes that this trip is not just another short holiday from work. There are those individuals you can tell are in a process of renewal. With the chaos the world has thrown up in the past few years I have started to see many of us everywhere from all walks of life searching for new beginnings.

Today I sat and had coffee with a German man who was looking to relocate to Bangkok. We spoke of the viscous cycle of going to work and coming home and just sitting in front of the TV for hours on end, then repeating the whole thing the next day. We spoke of how much the brain thinks in terms of creativity and personal growth when the TV or the laptop is turned off. How much reading can be done when things are “off” that creates new ideas. He has decided that when he returns home he will turn off his television and start reading and drawing which has always given him pleasure in the past.

It was not long ago that the only entertainment you had was through reading and the companionship of others. Now in this digital age, rarely do things get switched off and simple peace and quite remain. A place with nothing but a clear head and clear thoughts.

Funny what you can learn from a stranger over a coffee when you open your mind and heart to them. I don’t think that they stay strangers after the coffee is finished by the way.