Round and Round We Go

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”- Isaac Asimov. I always put the radio on, of a morning. I listen to wonderful LBC Radio; based in London but a talk-radio station with an audience of people across the UK and, indeed, the world. Callers come from far afield and so the breadth of views... Continue Reading →

The Lifeline Paradox

“They say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol. I am at my desk, as the clock fast approaches midnight, thinking about change.  Change is everywhere and it is somehow everything.  Ironically, change is a constant.  That is a fact that does not change.  No matter what is happening... Continue Reading →

Your Component Parts

"People only look at me as a Beatle but my friends look at me as a whole person. That's how life works, but it's not bugging me any more."- Ringo Starr. I’d like you to think of yourself in component parts! For example; as having component parts that include a creative self, an intellectual self,... Continue Reading →

It’s a New Dawn

"Every new beginning, comes from some other beginnings end."- Seneca. What are your thoughts about life after lockdown/restrictions? Do you feel optimistic and excited or perhaps a little pessimistic and even anxious? There may be a whole range of thoughts, feelings and emotions that you will experience in relation to the days that will follow... Continue Reading →

Focus on Joy

"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving within you; a joy."- Rumi. At Focused Friends, we believe fun and laughter are good for the soul. This is most certainly my own personal viewpoint, too. Make time in your day, to bring a smile to someone’s face. Be silly! Wear a... Continue Reading →

The Importance of a Critical Mind

"It is the mark of an educated mind, to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."- Aristotle. So many times, in recent years, I have picked up a newspaper and been confronted by evidently questionable facts. This is something I feel increasingly concerned about.  My concern is not simply that fake news pervades... Continue Reading →

It’s Worry O’Clock

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”- Eckhart Tolle. We will all experience varying degrees of worry and anxiety in our lifetime.  It is my view that we can take control and become empowered, as a response to worry and anxiety. Here's an exercise that you may like to try...Here is a... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Approach Lockdown

By Deano Parsons. “Even under the most difficult circumstances, you can have creative flexibility.” - Anne M. Mulcahy. Lockdown can make you feel like you are going stir-crazy.  Well, there are some simple things to remember that I believe will make each day at least bearable, while the lock-down is in place. Follow my simple 5... Continue Reading →

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