Europe, Travel

From Egoli to Glynn

Twelve years ago we left Johannesburg or Egoli-the City of Gold; population : 3,226,055 (2001 figures, there are over 4 million people living there now, or over 10 million if you include the greater metropolitan area). According to the latest Irish census results 4 million is nearly equivalent to the entire population of Ireland.  A year later we settled… Continue reading From Egoli to Glynn

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Approval Junkies

Reality check. I think the whole world of social media works so powerfully because it feeds into this internal desire we have for approval from other people. “Just a few more ‘likes’ and I’ll feel better, or I know I did a good job.” Refreshing to be reminded in this article by Ken Baker what true approval is and should be in our lives. And how freeing it is.

Dr Ken Baker

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It’s hard to kick the approval habit.

Everyone wants to be wanted. Everybody enjoys being enjoyed. Everyone appreciates those warm fuzzy feelings when someone speaks well of you.

But when you live your life seeking the opinion and approval of others, you become enslaved. In The Moon and Sixpence, Somerset Maugham wrote: “Man’s desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy (conscience) within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd.”

Life is simply too short to waste time waiting for other people’s approval on how you live it. Before long that sense of slavery will kick in, and you’ll constantly need verbal affirmation, smiles, nods and approbation until the need for external acceptance…

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About Parenthood, Europe, Travel

Picnics and ‘Pickynickers’

  So far this summer in Ireland we've managed to get out and about and have a few picnics although it has been a little tricky dodging the rain showers. The weather lads I think must have a slightly sadistic streak in that more than once they have set the Irish population up for mass disappointment… Continue reading Picnics and ‘Pickynickers’

About Parenthood, Travel

Travel with my Kids – must be Mad.

Summer's here, are you all ready to go away on holiday? With your kids?! Are you cool calm and collected or panicked, stressed and thinking the idea of staying at home might just be a whole lot easier? First I heard it from an adult a few years ago and then the other day I overheard a little… Continue reading Travel with my Kids – must be Mad.