Celebrating success

Celebrating success,
Is perhaps the real test,

Cherishing what has been already achieved,
Instead of allowing the glory to be thieved,

By the next goal,
And other reasons for not feeling whole,

Instead be in the know,
Like a boarder gliding through the snow,

With awareness of life’s ebb and flow,
In the act of a single breath.


Two days away from the hustle bustle of emergency medicine and I feel like a new person. A little meditation, some surf and hint of life music has such a healing touch. Sometimes in the space between the business and intensity of an active work-life lies the balance that perhaps we all strive for. I by no means have found the perfect balance, but I feel that I am moving towards it experimenting in with work, and relaxation in a variety of forms. It is a daily practice rooted in breathing and the exploration of philosophies that brings meaning into my life.

Sometimes the philosophy needs to be tailored for the specific context of our lives, and this is why I particularly like Shawn Anchor’s guide to happiness for those of us in the pursuit of greater knowledge and skill. Shaun’s revealing findings (about the culture where high achievers can easily be fixed on the next goal without appreciating how far they have come), shed light onto why I had encountered challenges in the past, and provided some tools on how to tackle the present moment without too much focus on the future.

I remember watching this TED talk years ago and it having a profound effect on my own perspective of goal setting and my present relationship with success as I had defined it. After all we can always find our own definition of success, and it doesn’t have to require a definite endpoint. To date the best definition of success I have come across has been one that I heard from a person called Earl Nightingale who was a motivational speaker from the 60’s

“Success is the step-wise realization of a worthy ideal”




Truth and Love

Truth and honesty,
Will take you through,

Even though numbers may be few,
Who dare brave this path,

But if you stay afloat,
You will gather momentum on the raft,

And as the speed does build,
You will create a new guild,

Of those who speak their “truth”.

And even if you fall,
Tumble or hit a wall,

You can never lose it all,

For if you so much as ‘get up’,
You will stand again,

Just feel the hope,
And move beyond the bend,

For after all “Love” is the only way.



This morning I started my day by watching two inspiring and life-changing TED talks. This sounds profound but for me any for of education is transformative and this is the very reason I have chosen a life of being educated and educating.

I am very grateful to Julian Treasure for his talk on the power if using ones voice to effect change, which outlined the cornerstone principles of Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity and Love.

I am also very grateful to Glennon Doyle Melton for sharing her story with encapsulated the brutal, shameless truth about life with its conflicting yet synchronous traits of despair and beauty.

Both these talks echoed truth and love which was the inspiration for my poem.

The talks by both speakers deeply resonates with me. I also related to the childhood realisations of Glennon of being a sensitive soul on this earth, and have observed the strategy of wearing masks (or capes as she put it on her talk) in order to try and protect the vulnerable within.

These days I often take heart in not being alone, for I believe a large proportion of humanity who have made a similar realisation that a tornado of feelings lies within and traverses our consciousness moment by moment, however, perhaps the difference lies in the awareness of this phenomenon.

This belief that others have noticed to some degree is not just my opinion, but a hypothesis that I am evaluating through the observation of many writings, images and videos that I have seen posted in increasing frequency on the Internet and in books.

I am especially grateful to the tool of writing and the advent of social media for these reasons.

In my opinion social media is neither good nor bad – it has the potential for damaging harm or great healing – the difference lies in how we use it; and perhaps the first TED talk provides some useful principle upon how to positively exercise ones literary, or multimedia voice?

So in conclusion, if you are also a sensitive person, take heart, for you are not alone and you are not cursed.

To the contrary, if we can learn to ‘accept’, rather than ‘react’ to the natural flurry of feelings that haphazardly circulate within, perhaps we are ironically blessed.

For me, this is what “mindfulness training” is all about.

I’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this article if you have any.


If have truth and love within,
Do not despair,
Instead find a kind forum,
And learn to share!

Adios amigos




Artistic Solitude

The serene surroundings,
Echo a warmth from within,

And in the stillness of being,
Awaken’s the voice of inner calling,

Enthralling… as the “to-do” lists may be,
We first must be blind in order to see,

What is beneath the surface,
Perhaps our true purpose,

But either way generosity and kindness are the key.


I just had the good fortune of staying with old friends at an amazing house located within an inner city suburb of Sydney, and in the last 24 hours have experienced a taste of architecture and creative homeliness. This couple has put a lot of effort into designing and crafting a beautiful home, and it has been a privilege for me to see the journey unfold.

Last night I stayed in the guest room of their house but it could easily have been a boutique hotel’s main room. The interior designs beautifully wrapped around and with the house exuded flavours from all over the world including, Morocco, France, China, Tibet, and even heritage Sydney.

For me what really added to the experience of this place was the depth of the art that surrounded me. Whilst it would be feasible to professionally hire an interior designer to create a luxury space along similar themes; such as world travel, antique artifacts, and local heritage, there would be something missing which was ever present in this home – a “depth of authenticity”.

Reflecting in this mornings solitude when I had the place to myself was an awareness of surrounding art that was more than mere decoration, they actually exuded elements of a couple’s personal travel adventure, and home planning that had exceeded 10 years. I remember staying in this very house almost a decade earlier, whilst the new house designs were simply a blueprint coyly displayed on the corridor wall, where it seemed like a dream that may or may not eventuate. But the quest had already begun with items from trips to Morocco were being stored in parents garages, during numerous trips to Europe, whilst doing the classic “Aussie – UK OE” (overseas experience, or Work abroad program).

I’m sure many travelers have had dreams like this, to take bits of the travel that compose such fond memories, and embed these memories into a more conventional life on the other side of the world, through the medium of art and interior design. However, few that I know have actually managed to pull it off so well. It’s been a long road but I can proudly say that you guys have done something amazing – well done Romesh and Geetha – thanks for having me over again – I love the way that this dream has panned out!

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