Two-Minute Daily Read

A new short blog published seven days a week, designed for reading and reflection from any stage of life.

You are not alone

You're not alone, and you're never alone. You might feel alone, isolated, removed from other people. That was true for many for several years as part of the increased digitalisation of life, where we are more "connected" than ever before,…

Learning to eye-smile

It's a new skill of human interaction: the eye-smile. Now we walk around in masks -- most of us, much of the time. With our faces covered, we find that the irreducible beauty of a smiling face is lost. Add to it that for many people,…

A few words about gratitude, and why we should say it when we feel it

When I was 15 or 16, and a thoughtless idiot teenager trying to be the big man, I said something cutting about my uncle within his earshot, and in front of someone else. My uncle was a quiet man. He was unmarried and the only one in his family…

The human condition: an everyday challenge

There is an everyday challenge. The screenwriter and novelist Steven Pressfield, in his guide for a creative life,  The War of Art, calls it Resistance, with a capital 'R', and Resistance rises every day. Fear doesn't go away. The warrior…

Silent wisdom

Language is a beautiful thing, used in beautiful ways, but for many of the most important things, language is inefficient. We become inarticulate, lost for words, when we are faced with the biggest moments in life, those split seconds when…

Two things that might help you find more joy today

I remember listening to Brendon Burchard speak at a conference in the USA a couple of years back. I was familiar with Burchard from a few YouTube or Facebook videos, and I confess that I wasn't sure about him. I thought he might be just another…

It's up to us now

It's up to us now. The world is enveloped in a seething mass of division. Left vs Right, East vs West, US vs China. Meat-eaters vs plant-based vs keto vs paleo. Racism, climate change, Covid-19. Trump, Bolsonaro, Putin, Orban…

Listening to Tom Waits gave me a new dream

An ambition of mine was newly discovered this week, while listening to a Spotify playlist compiled from some songs that stood out and brought my roving and restless mind to peace. Late Date on RTE Radio 1 has been regular company these past…

Undistracting grey skies

Ian McEwan, the English novelist, once recalled his formative years before he decided finally to become a writer. During his unsettled twentysomething youth in the 1970s, when he and others took a van across Europe to Iran and Afghanistan,…

A working definition of spirituality

Spirituality is one of those great undefinable words. It is doubly undefinable: the word itself is difficult to define, and the thing it describes is also undefinable: ephemeral, opaque, unseen. But when they're important enough to accompany…

Do you feel the tension?

Do you feel the tension right now? It's not pervasive, yet, but it is apparent, when you tune in your awareness. People are angry and fearful. In Ireland, there was a political golf society get-together last week, which contravened official…

Patrick Bet-David and Brené Brown on taking steps forward

Some of the inspiration for yesterday's short post on reaching your potential came from two people I admire in very different ways. Brené Brown has spoken about something she calls FFTs ("f***ing first times") and Patrick Bet-David produced…

Five quick thoughts about reaching your potential

Potential seems to be mostly invisible. And it's invisible by definition. If it was already achieved, it would be visible, and it would no longer be potential. We can always, always, always do more. That doesn't mean we always necessarily…

Conservation and scarcity

The scarcity mindset is a real thing. I wrote about scarcity vs abundance mindset on the blog quite a while ago. Having a mindset that is built on scarcity can hold us back from some of the most wonderful moments that life has to offer. But…

202 words on the shortness of life

Life is short and despite all the troubles and struggles we endure, it is beautiful too. It's a rainy Sunday morning here in Ireland. Some blue skies are pushing through the cloud, but the dark clouds heavy with rain are visible in every…

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