Garry Hunter

A view of my own…

Rule 2: Deal with it

“Don’t panic”

– Douglas Adams

Shit will happen (Rule 1). Once you accept this then it makes dealing with it easier and simpler.

Unless it’s life-threatening (and sometimes it might be – call 999), I find the best way of handling the disaster (because that’s what it probably feels like), is simply to stop and do nothing for a few moments except breath deeply, maybe make a cup of tea, and breath again.

Give yourself some mental breathing space. Look at what’s happened (or happening), and ask what needs to be done first. Ask yourself who and what will help. Call a friend or family member. Google it. Accept the situation and ask yourself if you can live with it. Take one small step to resolving the problem and you’ll be a lot closer to fixing everything.

The sun will still rise in the morning because the world will still be turning regardless of what’s happened. And it’s not what happens to us in life, but the way we deal with it that makes the difference.

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Rule 1: Shit happens

Doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, what you’re doing or how good life may be, at some point shit will happen. Usually without warning.

Accept this, expect it and plan for it and you’ll be fine. Just don’t dwell on it every minute of every day or you’ll end up miserable.

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The Rules

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
Robert A. Heinlein

People ask why I’m so bloody positive all the time and it’s quite simple: my life, my rules.

The ‘rules’ that I live by are simple and straight-forward. They help me learn from the past, love the present and look forward to the future. They guide my life, my relationships and my decisions.

Sometimes they’re more like guidelines, they’re not set in stone so they evolve and develop over time, and apart from the first two they exist in no particular order. There’s no punishment for breaking them (all good rules are made to be broken), although the consequences of not following or listening to them tend to be karmic.

I’ll share them over the next few weeks and maybe you’ll find something useful, maybe you won’t. It’s your life after all, live it by your rules.

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Perspective

“Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
― Marcus Aurelius

Today is cold, wet and windy. It’s beautiful.

The sky’s full of colour and motion, the rain splashing through leaves and into puddles, the breeze through the trees. These are the moments in life that we miss because we turn up our collars and turn off from the world as we rush to wherever we urgently need to be.

Yes the weather is cold and wet – that’s factual – yet by stopping for 5 minutes to appreciate what was happening, by changing my thinking and looking at it differently, I chose to enjoy it.

It’s not what happens in life that defines us, it’s how we approach it and the perspective we choose.

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Here I go again

“You can make anything by writing.”
― C.S. Lewis

Someone told me that we all have a voice and if you have something to say then you should say it, even if the only person listening is you.

The last time I did this I ended up with a wife.

I’ve got no idea what I’ll end up with this time, but across these pages I’ll have my say on the things that interest me, amuse me, motivate me, inspire me. Even when the only person listening is me.

Sometimes professional, sometimes personal, always me.

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