Two-Minute Daily Read

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

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…

The power of the placebo effect

There's something unspoken and unwritten that usually accompanies the words "the placebo effect". It goes something like this. "The placebo effect is imaginary. The effect is real, but because it's caused by imaginary factors, it's less…

How important ideas work

There are a few sites that I read, or try to read, regularly. RSS feeds have been valuable here -- while Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn are governed by multi-layered algorithms which choose to display content for me based on how other…

Joy and meaning

Joy and meaning. That's it. No more, no less. If we can approach each day with an openness to joy and a sense of meaning, we're living life in a way that is in alignment with the best and most nourishing human values. Over time, that adds…

The danger of labels

Why are we so desperate for labels? I'm an edge case. My birthday leaves me between two star signs (Libra / Scorpio). My birth year leaves me between two generations (Gen X / Millennial). My psychological profile leaves me between…

Fencing systems

Out in the park one recent morning, my eye was drawn to a new fence, marking a new riverside entry point, to be used, presumably, for easy access for the likes of the ambulance and river rescue services. It's an impressive structure, no more…

Instagram makes me disappointed with my life

Instagram makes me disappointed with my life, and I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. Instagram is different to other social media in this way. Twitter can be a source of toxic, lose-lose "debate", but it can also be constructed…

The most important thing

So much of our lives is code for the one truly important thing. In the business world, we have B2B, B2C, Marketing, Communications, Human Resources, Finance, Senior Management Teams, and we have leadership programs, and MBAs, and executive…

Limitations and boundaries

There is a difference between limitations and boundaries. Our limitations are often the limitations on what we can achieve. Our boundaries are often the boundaries we set for ourselves. If we have firm boundaries, we can limit the distractions…

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